Salmonellosis is a fatal bird disease and is killing birds in Washington state. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking people to take down their backyard bird feeders until April to avoid birds to gather and spread the disease.
in UK, the invasive grey squirrels have been a threat to the native red squirrels since the late 19th century. They are competing for food and are spreading a fatal virus to the red squirrels. they are also damaging trees through bark stripping. to reduce their population and save the native red squirrels, scientists are planning to place hazelnut spread with contraceptives in feeding spots only the grey squirrels can access.
96 of the 217 known chameleon species are endemic to Madagascar. Large amount of them are being caught in the wild for pet trade, some locals even take the risk to collect them illegally in protected areas. The estimated number of chameleon being illegally smuggled is 10 to 100 times more than the number for legal trade. Collecting chameleons could case stress, injury or even death to them. Chameleons are not easy to keep as pet, and when they get sick or die, people usually would buy a new one rather than paying for the expensive veterinary fees.
In New Zealand, a female New Zealand sea lion is nesting with her pup in a golf course next to a beach, and is regularly crossing a road to get to the beach. To protect this endangered species, the road is now closed for a month to avoid any collision, and dogs must be on a lead in that area as well.
it has been thought that domesticated animals like dogs, horses or goats are the only animals that would intentionally communicate with human, but recent study found kangaroos would do that as well. Researchers presented a container with food inside to kangaroos, and after failing to open the box, most of them would find a nearby human for help, and they even make eye contact with human.
Our ocean is heavily polluted by plastic, and these plastic is eaten by marine creatures. Study found among all seafood human consumes, mollusks like mussels, scallops and oysters contain the highest level of microplastics, followed by crustaceans like crabs, shrimps and lobsters, as well as fish.
Sunda laughingthrush was once a common bird in Indonesia; it becomes popular to songbird collectors because of its loud and unique calls. as its population declines and becomes harder to catch in the the wild, the price of them has a significant increase. The government tried to control the harvest quota fo these birds, but the number of them found for sale in the market is a few times more than that number. Sunda laughingthrush is an important seed disperser in the primary forest, and without them the ecosystem will be destabilized.
tourism supports more than 300,000 jobs in Madagascar. During the pandemic lockdown, the locals forced to move to rural areas to clear forests, where wildlife inhabits, to grow food and for firewoods. They are also hunting more wildlife, such as the critically endangered red ruffed lemur, for food or to sell in local markets then before.
in Utah, USA, a 330-foot- long bridge was built just for wildlife two years ago to reduce the number of wildlife and car collisions on one of the major highways. Surveillance cameras have caught different wildlife crossing the bridge including moose, bears, elks, bobcats, coyotes, etc.. The result is encouraging as the animals got used to the bridge quicker than expected, and the number of accidents went down dramatically.
Only 40% of world’s forests still have high ecological integrity without human damage. these forests mostly located in the Amazon, New Guniea, Canada, Russian and Central Africa, but only 27% of these forests are under national protection.