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Missing for 30 Years, a Rare Deer Species Is Rediscovered in Vietnam

In southern Vietnam, an unusual house cat-sized deer relative has escaped the efforts of wildlife biologists. While local lore suggested it was still around, attempts to find one alive had failed—and even a dead specimen hadn’t been seen in 30 years. But in research reported today in Nature Ecology Evolution, …

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7 bold ways scientists are saving coral reefs

  The United Nations released a dire warning for the world’s coral reefs last month: Even if global warming is limited to 2 degrees Celsius, almost all reefs will “degrade,” according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest oceans report. As reef health declines, everything from biodiversity of …

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14 stunning pictures of reptiles in the wild — from frilled lizards to Komodo dragons

There are 10,000 species of reptiles worldwide, according to the Reptile Database.Before the dinosaurs went extinct, reptiles were the dominant species to walk the planet for over 270 million years. Here are 14 breathtaking images of reptiles in the wild. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Komodo dragons and vipers and …

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10 of the least known islands you should visit to see wildlife

In the remotest corners of the world, undisturbed by human development, indigenous wildlife thrives on unspoiled islands. The Galápagos Islands have long been lauded for biodiversity and endemism. But there are lesser known outposts, often thousands of miles away from inhabited areas, profuse with wildlife. Colonies of penguins and seals, …

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Do David Attenborough documentaries help the natural world?

Darío Fernández-Bellon, University College Cork Expectations are high for the BBC’s new series Seven Worlds, One Planet, but do nature documentaries do enough for the environment? The BBC and David Attenborough have been criticised for side-stepping environmental issues and portraying the natural world as a pristine wilderness in their shows. …

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Not your usual African safari

OK, yes, this is a pile of poop. But a valuable one. Ecologists led by Tyler Kartzinel from Brown University in the US (pictured) have collected and examined more than 1000 faecal samples from conservation areas in Kenya then used DNA analysis to try to learn more about the relationship …

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‘Roomba of the Sea’ is Vacuum Company’s New Robotic Weapon to Combat Lionfish Invasion

One of the most significant problems facing any ecosystem and the conservationists who work therein is the problem of non-native, invasive species. Goats nearly destroyed the Galapagos Islands; feral cats and foxes are devastating the rich diversity of marsupial species in Australia; and large species of Asian python are too …

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Galápagos Islands have far more invasive species than previously thought

Scientists have found 53 alien marine species that have made the Galápagos Islands their home. Prior to this study, published in Aquatic Invasions, only five species were previously documented. “This increase in alien species is a stunning discovery, especially since only a small fraction of the Galápagos Islands was examined …

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Conch and lionfish: Local foods to try in Turks and Caicos

In the British territory of Turks and Caicos, conch is king. The marine snail is a major component to many local dishes, even making an appearance on their official coat of arms. Aside from the conch, local cuisine is largely influenced by recipes common in Jamaica and the Bahamas. Here …

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Is David Attenborough Helping?

Expectations are high for the BBC’s new series Seven Worlds, One Planet, but do nature documentaries do enough for the environment? The BBC and David Attenborough have been criticized for side-stepping environmental issues and portraying the natural world as a pristine wilderness in their shows. Even the recent Netflix series …

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