March roundup: Conservation and nature stories from around the world 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 March 2018:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists have designed a robotic fish that keeps a close watch on marine life to better understand how to protect it.
Welcome to the (urban) jungle
Mexico City conservationists and residents are trying their best to preserve the megacity’s urban “Water Forest,” which is home to pumas, bobcats, white-tailed deer and endangered volcano rabbits.
Moose on the loose
Over the last few years, moose have increasingly been migrating from their typical boreal forest habitat to the prairies for better food access and fewer predators.
Three cheers for Chiribiquete National Park
The president of Colombia recently announced the 1.5-million-hectare expansion of Chiribiquete National Park — the country’s largest national park — located in the heart of the Amazon.
Biologists have figured out the ideal water temperature for tiger sharks; it’s not too cold and it’s not too hot.
The green list is a go
The International Union for Conservation of Nature is creating a “green list,” which emphasizes conservation success stories.
Scientists have a right to be concerned
Not one right whale calf has been observed during this year’s migration to Atlantic Canada, a worrisome sign for this highly endangered mammal.
Deforestation risks mean conservation rewards
Recent research shows that companies that do not effectively deal with deforestation suffer the consequences: a bad reputation and reduced business performance.
What the advertising business can learn from monkey business
Monkey behaviour is useful to advertising executives, as these close relatives of ours are attuned to the same effective advertisement signals as humans.
Sadly, there are only 12 vaquita porpoises left in the wild — in the upper Gulf of California.