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Conservation endocrinology sheds light on a changing world

(American Institute of Biological Sciences) The endocrine system is the set of glands that release hormones directly to the blood. Through the monitoring of endocrine responses, the field of conservation endocrinology can make contributions to conservation planning and the understanding of species' adaptations.

How Scientists Use Teeny Bits of Leftover DNA to Solve Wildlife Mysteries

Environmental DNA helps biologists track rare, elusive species. It could usher in a revolution for conservation biology

An intimate look at the mechanics of dolphin sex

(Experimental Biology 2017) Using CT scans, researchers visualize the internal dynamics of sexual intercourse in marine mammals. The research sheds light on evolutionary forces and has practical applications for conservation efforts...

Cheetah baby boom at Smithsonian fueling conservation effort

The number of cheetahs in captivity is beginning to swell, thanks to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia. In the wild, the population of the world's fastest animal is nearing extinction. Chip Reid reports on the efforts to stop the big cat from vanishing.

Vote to name the Smithsonian's cheetah cubs

6 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute needs your help in naming five of the 10 cubs born in its research center

10 New Cheetahs

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Two cheetahs, a mother and daughter, gave birth to large litters in the same week at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, an adjunct of the National Zoo. One was a litter of five; the other cheetah gave birth to seven cubs, but the smallest two did not survive. Show More Summary

Smithsonian Snapshot: The Adorable Face of Conservation Success

The ongoing recovery of the black-footed ferret is one of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's most successful conservation efforts.

Video: Smithsonian Institute Had A 'Cheetah Cub Boom' In March

12 cheetah cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute between March 23-28, and 10 of them survived. [ more › ]

Biologists increased the proportion of medicinal substances in plants

Tomsk State University biologists have developed a technology for obtaining cell cultures with a high content of a number of biologically active substances (BAS). It is important for pharmaceuticals, and will also help to conserve endangered species of medicinal plants.

After 25 years of trying, why aren't we environmentally sustainable yet?

In 1992, more than 170 countries came together at the Rio Earth Summit and agreed to pursue sustainable development, protect biological diversity, prevent dangerous interference with climate systems, and conserve forests. But, 25 years later, the natural systems on which humanity relies continue to be degraded.

Panda personality traits may play a significant part in breeding success

(Zoological Society of San Diego) According to a study published in Biological Conservation, an international peer-reviewed journal in the discipline of conservation biology, personality traits may play a large part in the mating behaviors...Show More Summary

Poachers Use Conservationists' Tracking Tags Against Them

The tracking tags utilized by conservationists are now being used by poachers to kill the endangered animals they're meant to save, according to a new report published in Conservation Biology. Scientists use tags equipped with GPS or radio transmitters to study animals' behavior, migration, and more. The technology has been...

Scientists want to bring back the 300-pound Caspian tiger, which went extinct in the 1960s

Caspian tigers were some of the largest cats ever to roam the Earth, but they went extinct in the 1960s. Now, some scientists want to bring them back. A new study, published in the journal Biological Conservation, lays out the plan to...Show More Summary

Climate policies alone will not save Earth's most diverse tropical forests

A focus on policies to conserve tropical forests for their carbon storage value may imperil some of the world's most biologically rich tropical forests, says new research.

Are herders and livestock bad for rare wildlife? It's complicated

The Denver Zoological Foundation, WCS(Wildlife Conservation Society) and other partners have published a paper appearing in the early view edition of Conservation Biology that looks at the positive and negative relationships occurring between pastoralists, livestock, native carnivores and native herbivores in the world's largest unfenced grassland and desert.

Study Finds That Feral Cats Now Cover Nearly 100% of Australia

According to the Biological Conservation journal, a collation of 91 studies concluded that the feral cat population in Australia "fluctuates between 1.4 and 5.6 million," meaning that these wild felines cover 99.8 percent of the continent's...Show More Summary

Scaling up marine conservation targets should benefit millions of people

About 200 countries worldwide committed to protecting 10% of national marine areas by signing the Convention on Biological Diversity. But more ambitious marine reserve coverage policies that target unprotected fishing grounds would benefit...Show More Summary

Researchers investigate ancient species in Gulf of Alaska

Invasive species have shaped island ecosystems and landscapes in the Gulf of Alaska, but their histories are unknown. In a study by the University of Oklahoma, Boston University and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, researchers investigated the archaeological and genetic history of the Arctic ground squirrel on Chirikof Island, Alaska. Show More Summary

Study could help amphibian conservation efforts

When a Southern chorus frog calls in the night from its wetland home, its voice sounds like a thumb being drawn across a fine toothed comb. At least that's how it's described by James Vonesh, Ph.D., associate professor of biology. The sound of a spring peeper frog can sometimes be heard under that of its fellow amphibian. It has a quieter call; a succession of small beeps.

Global habitat loss still rampant across much of the Earth

(Wildlife Conservation Society) As 196 signatory nations of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) meet this week in Cancun, Mexico, to discuss their progress towards averting the current biodiversity crisis, researchers from a...Show More Summary

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