Weekly round-up: May 30

Seven Tasmanian devil joeys have been born on mainland Australia, the first such birth in more than 3,000 years. The newborns are part of a project between Re:Wild (formerly Global Wildlife Conservation) and Aussie Ark to re-establish the animals, starting with the introduction of 26 adults into a 400-hectare wild sanctuary last year. “We haveContinue reading “Weekly round-up: May 30”

Weekly round-up: May 23

Swifts are even more swift than scientists thought, with new tracking technology showing the migrating birds cover an average of 570 kilometres (354 miles) per day, 70 kilometres more than previously estimated. New tracking data also recorded one individual travelling 830 kilometres (516 miles) per day over nine days on the journey between Africa andContinue reading “Weekly round-up: May 23”

Weekly round-up: May 9

A species of fanged frog new to science has been “hiding in plain sight” in the Philippines. The Mindoro fanged frog (Limnonectes beloncioi) was previously thought to simply be another population of the Acanth’s fanged frog, a physically identical amphibian on the neighbouring island of Palawan, but genetic analysis has revealed the two are entirelyContinue reading “Weekly round-up: May 9”

Weekly round-up: April 25

While Steven Spielberg may have beachgoers across the globe fearing a great white shark lurks behind every wave, in reality the apex predator is only seen consistently in a handful of locations – and scientists have just discovered one more.  Central California, Guadalupe Island Mexico, South Australia and South Africa have traditionally been the mainContinue reading “Weekly round-up: April 25”

Weekly round-up: April 18

Just 2.8 per cent of the Earth’s land area remains ecologically intact, according to a new study, significantly lower than the 20-40 per cent mapped previously. Researchers measured loss of species instead of habitat intactness and areas free of human development such as roads and settlements – the results estimated a maximum 2.9 per centContinue reading “Weekly round-up: April 18”

Weekly round-up: April 4

The 2020/21 North Atlantic right whale birthing season delivered more calves than the previous three years combined. Survey teams monitoring the critically endangered species recorded 17 newborns during daily flights over coastal waters between North Carolina and Florida from December to the end of March.  “What we are seeing is what we hope will beContinue reading “Weekly round-up: April 4”