The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Gray jay (Photo by NCC)

Gray jay (Photo by NCC)

November 11, 2016 | by Raechel Bonomo | 0 Comments

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of November 7, 2016.

Monkey can't see, monkey can't do

Similar to humans, wild bonobo apes' eyesight begins to weaken with age. Bonobos begin showing symptoms of worsening eyesight around 40 years old, but instead of holding a newspaper at arm’s length like aging humans, they stand back to inspect insects and twigs on one another. 

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The Clooney effect takes flight

According to recent Canadian research, young female gray jays can benefit from mating with older males. By mating with older birds, females are laying eggs earlier in the season, which leads to a higher rate of reproductive success.

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The elephant in the forest

Researchers warn that falling numbers in Asian elephants' populations can have a substantial impact on forest biodiversity. The endangered species of elephant plays a crucial role in seed dispersal within forests, and is responsible for spreading the seeds of different species of trees and other plants within an area.

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The rat race to end wildlife trafficking

African giant pouched rats may be a contender in ending wildlife trafficking. Used to sniff out land mines and tuberculosis, their sensitive sense of smell could help detect pangolins: an endangered species highly susceptible to poaching.

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A horror story for species

A group of scientists have dubbed our current geological era as the “Anthropocene.” Despite having a name worthy of the next post-apocalyptic motion picture, this title was recommended by a group of scientists to represent our departure from the Holocene. The prefix "anthro" is a nod to the impact that humans have had on our geological era.

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Raechel Bonomo is the editorial coordinator at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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