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‘Smallest reptile on earth’ discovered in Madagascar

A minute lizard discovered in Madagascar may be the smallest reptile found on our planet. Scientists believe that they may have discovered the smallest reptile on earth, a chameleon subspecies that is roughly the size of a sunflower seed.  A pair of the minuscule lizards, one of each sex, were found by a German-Madagascan expedition […]

Elephants counted from space

African elephants are the first animals to be successfully counted from space while moving through a complicated landscape. Scientists are using images from an Earth-observation satellite to count African elephants from space.  The breakthrough could permit up to 5,000 sq km of elephant habitat to be surveyed on one single, cloud-free day. The satellite is orbiting 600km […]

Should lynx return to Scotland?

Centuries after lynx went extinct in Britain, people in Scotland are being asked whether the big cats should return. Three charities – Scotland: The Big Picture, Trees for Life and Vincent Wildlife Trust, have joined forces to investigate the potential of release lynx into the wild in Scotland.  The study, part-funded by two billionaire Danish […]

Success for bison and Red Kite…but 31 species declared Extinct

An updated species list shows a successful outlook for the European bison and Red Kite, but a number of other species have officially disappeared. The European bison and Red Kite have retreated from extinction, according to an update of the official extinction ‘RedList’.  These victories for Europe’s largest terrestrial mammal and one of its most […]

Rare rufous bush chat sighted in UK for first time in 40 years

Hundreds of birdwatchers have flocked to see a rare rufous bush chat in Norfolk. A rufous bush chat was spotted on Saturday at a salt marsh in Stiffkey, north Norfolk, prompting hundreds of birdwatchers to since flock to the area.  The rufous bush chat, also referred to as the rufous warbler and rufous bush robin, […]

Tasmanian Devils reintroduced to mainland Australia after 3,000 years

After being absent for three millennia, Tasmanian devils have returned to mainland Australia. Tasmanian devils have been reintroduced into the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years.  Scientists hope that the predators’ release can help balance ecosystems devastated by invasive species.  Species recovery organisation Aussie Ark has collaborated with non-profits Global […]

40% of world’s plant and fungi species face extinction

A new report has stated that a large proportion of plant and fungi species are threatened. Two fifths of global plants and fungi species are at risk of extinction as humans encroach on the natural world, states a new international report from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  The grim assessment states that scientists are in […]

Conservation success stories of 2020

Despite a truly trying year, several conservation missions have proven a success. 2020 has been a difficult year.  What with Coronavirus, Brexit, enduring racism necessitating the Black Lives Matter movement and World War 3 seeming dangerously imminent, it has been easy to feel increasingly hopeless about the world that we live in.  In the field […]

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