Archive for the 'Endangered Species' Category

Gharial

Our endangered species for this episode is the gharial, a unique and critically endangered crocodilian found in the rivers of Southeast Asia. Conflict over waterways and habitat encroachment are two of many threats the gharial faces today.

Sources & Links:

Read Nepal's gharial conservation plan: http://d2ouvy59p0dg6k.cloudfront.net/downloads/gcap_report_2018.pdf

And a bit about India's gharial conservation history: https://www.ircf.org/portfolio-view/gharial/ 

The gharial on IUCN: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/8966/149227430

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Saiga Antelope

Sources & Links:

Get the basics about saiga ecology and conservation:
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/19832/50194357#geographic-range

Some hope for Kazakhstan’s saiga population:
https://www.fauna-flora.org/news/steppe-change-kazakhstan-saiga-population-doubled-last-two-years

Read about the most recent saiga mass mortality events:
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/a-time-bomb-for-the-saiga-bad-news-central-asias-beleaguered-antelope/

Check out a very detailed report on the saiga horn trade:
https://www.trafficj.org/publication/10-Saiga_Antelope_Trade.pdf

Learn more about conservation issues surrounding saiga:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/08/saiga-antelope-poaching-disease/

This site has all of the resources you need and more on saiga:
https://www.saigaresourcecentre.com

The paper we mentioned on European saiga history (found on Saiga Resource Centre):

Lushchekina, A. and A. Struchkov. 2001. The Saiga Antelope in Europe: Once Again on the Brink? The Open Country 3: 11-24.

 

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Sawfish

In a new endangered species episode, Mariana and Jonah get together to talk about sawfish, of which all five species are endangered or critically endangered. The sawfish are so-called for their chainsaw-shaped rostra (noses), and their ecologies are just as interesting as their faces.

Sources & Links:

Read the fascinating NatGeo features that inspired today's topic:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/04/searching-for-last-remaining-sawfish

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150601-virgin-birth-animals-sawfish-endangered-genetics-science/

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/06/110616-sawfish-snout-sixth-sense-animals-environment-science/

Visit the IUCN profiles for all five species: https://www.iucnredlist.org/search?query=sawfish&searchType=species

And watch an incredible video of a sawfish birth: https://www.earthtouchnews.com/conservation/endangered/first-ever-sawfish-birth-filmed-in-the-wild-video/?fbclid=IwAR0tGROiu0UINCEjZSnoMV_zKKstTrujpXEYJRhOVfrms5dB4WOi_ViD0mI

 

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Northern Bald Ibis

In this endangered species episode, guest host Camden Martin joins Jonah to talk about the highly endangered Northern Bald Ibis. Historically, populations of this Mediterranean species have declined dramatically to the point where it was on the verge of extinction. Intensive conservation efforts in recent decades, however, have been successful so that it was recently downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered. 

Sources & Links:
Read about the sperm whale with 6kg of plastic in its stomach: 
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46275742 

Read about the study in Cyprus on plastic pollution on sea turtle nesting beaches:
https://news.mongabay.com/2018/11/turtles-exposed-to-record-levels-of-microplastics-on-mediterranean-beaches/

For more on Northern Bald Ibis life history and conservation:
https://www.unep-aewa.org/sites/default/files/publication/unep_aewa_ts55_rev_issap_nbi.pdf 

http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/northern-bald-ibis-geronticus-eremita/text 

The journal article about the Northern Bald Ibis in ancient Egyptian culture:
Janak, J. 2010. Spotting the Akh. The Presence of the Northern Bald Ibis in Ancient Egypt and Its Early Decline. Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 46: 17-31. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/41431566 

Learn more about Northern Bald Ibis reintroductions in Europe:
http://waldrapp.eu/index.php/en/en-home 

http://www.uva-bits.nl/project/northern-bald-ibis-geronticus-eremita-reintroduction-programme-in-andalusia/ 

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Kihansi Spray Toad

In the second episode of our Endangered Species series, Jonah tells us the story of the Kihansi spray toad, from its discovery in 1996 to its extinction from the wild only 13 years later. Learn how an animal with one of the smallest known ranges in the world collapsed so dramatically under the pressure of human forces.

Sources & Links:
Read today’s featured article on thresher shark tagging and why it’s important: https://www.fauna-flora.org/news/tails-unexpected-historic-first-thresher-shark-tag-team?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=news&fbclid=IwAR3Eg1Iv0Maxx1zulCTRzGnIwi1LZS8Eq2jrulUYqfiY_f0xffjk79Zjn38

And for further reading on the one-of-a-kind Kihansi spray toad:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/once-extinct-kihansi-spray-toad-returns/
https://www.iucn.org/es/node/12892

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Hawaiian Monk Seal

In the first of our Endangered Species episodes, we cover everything about the Hawaiian monk seal, one of two living tropical earless seals.

Sources & Links:

Read all the details you need to know about Hawaiian monk seal life history and population recovery:
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/recovery-plan-hawaiian-monk-seal 

Read the full report on the study of monk seal movement using visual sightings:
https://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/pubs/tech/NOAA_Tech_Memo_PIFSC_44.pdf 

Read about National Geographic's Crittercams, an important technology for studying monk seals:
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/08/130819-hawaiian-monk-seal-crittercam-conservation-ocean-science/ 

Read a summary of monk seal translocation efforts:
http://www.academia.edu/25373031/Translocation_as_a_tool_for_conservation_of_the_Hawaiian_monk_seal 

Read about toxoplasmosis, the disease spread through cat feces that is killing monk seals:
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/07/seals-endangered-species-health-disease-oceans/ 


Check out this helpful information about monk seal critical habitat:
http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/Library/PRD/Hawaiian%20monk%20seal/HMS_CH_FAQ_Tabloid_FNL.pdf 

Read about the human-monk seal interface and how it is impacting population recovery in the main islands of Hawaii:
https://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/magazine/who-would-kill-a-monk-seal.html?pagewanted=all 

 

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