Climate change & How Conservationist are Reacting

In the wake of the agreement between the two largest greenhouse gas emitters this week, North America & China have declared they will work to cap the CO2 both countries produce and work to slow man-made climate change. Of course this is great news, but for many species the damage may have already been done. Conservationists…

The Next fish to go Extinct?

As the global trends of species loss continue it is likely that the world will lose thousands of unique species before conservationist can complete the research needed and politicians act on the information. But instead of focusing on the big, obvious species here we decided to take a look at something else. The most endangered…

The Primatologists who Started it All

This week saw the biggest gathering of primatologists ever. The joint conference between the International primatological society and the American Society of Primatologists in Chicago brought researchers from across the globe to present and discuss their work and meet others in the field. Whilst some of us unfortunately couldn’t attend this historic moment, and to celebrate international…

Eco-Tourism Great or Greed?

For many nature lovers the only way for them to get close to iconic species such as mountain gorillas and chimpanzees is by going on a wildlife holiday. This trip falls under the title of Eco-tourism, but does it help conserve the species or is it exploiting an already at risk animals? The Basics Firstly, it is…

Saving the World- Who’s saving the most biodiversity

As the world continues on the path of the latest great extinction event numerous organisations and assemblies have gathered in a bid to save the species of Earth. Most of the worlds governments have committed to the cause in some way, but who is working hardest to save the biodiversity and the ecosystems we rely on, and which countries are not fulfilling their commitments to conservation?

Is Zoo based Research useful?

For anyone who has studied in animal behaviour, it is likely that you would have been taken to a zoo to complete a project on animal behaviour . Most Zoology degrees do this at least once during the course. But a question should be considered when researching in a zoo. Is the research useful? Zoo…

Zoos-Conservation or Confinement?

Animals have been kept for the enjoyment of humans for decades, the first zoos were established to allow humans to see creatures from around the world with little consideration to the animals well-being. More recently zoos have been evolving to be centres of education and assist with conservation. But are zoos able to produce useful…

Onto the Ark – Which Species to Save?

No longer can the effects of human activities on the planet be questioned. Wide-scale deforestation, acidification of the oceans, depleted fish stocks and climate change have resulted in tens of thousands of species being pushed to extinction. With so many species at risk of being lost forever, and limited resources to protect them, which species…