July roundup: Conservation and nature stories that caught our eye this month
Every day, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. Here are some that caught our attention in July 2018:
A toad named after Gollum, a character in The Lord of the Rings, is now considered a species at risk.
A stinky in-scent-ive
Elrhino, a company that produces paper products using fibre from rhino dung, is giving villagers in India a financial incentive to help protect the greater one-horned rhino.
Researchers at Bristol University in the UK have recently learned how spiders can fly thousands of kilometres, despite lacking wings.
Two piping plovers have been discovered rearing chicks at Hanlan’s Point beach on Toronto Island, a place where this species had not previously nested in over 80 years.
Something to cheer about
Colombia’s Chiribiquete National Park recently became the world’s largest protected tropical rainforest and a new UNESCO World Heritage Site.
New sharks on the block
According to research done at the University of Southampton, 10 shark species presently occurring in warmer waters could travel to more appropriate UK waters, as ocean temperatures increase due to climate change.
Black is the new grey
The black squirrel, a species brought to the U.S. from Canada more than a century ago, is becoming as widespread as the grey squirrel in Washington, D.C.
Don’t you ring the alarm, they’ve been through this too long
Despite research suggesting that elephants can adapt to the presence of humans, loud noises such as sirens have been shown to increase their stress levels.
Forget ketosis, try metamorphosis
Scientists recently discovered that after going through metamorphosis, a giant marine snail living off the coast of Antarctica no longer has to eat.
A first for Canada
UNESCO has declared a stretch of boreal forest at the Manitoba-Ontario border as a mixed natural and cultural World Heritage Site — the first of its kind in Canada.