The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week
Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. This year, we're launching a new feature on Land Lines to connect you with some of those stories: the Friday Five, a weekly roundup of the top conservation and nature stories from around the globe.
Here are five stories that caught our attention the week of January 25, 2016:
Earthworms could threaten biodiversity: study
Earthworms may seem like commonplace garden wrigglers, but a recent study suggests that they may be impacting biodiversity in more ways than we imagine.
Conservationists: Polecats "spreading across Britain"
In the last century, polecats were almost wiped out to extinction. The weasel-like creatures, who have an affinity for killing chickens, were considered pests and as a result thousands were killed. But now they are making a comeback, and this week they became the poster child of conservation in Britain.
Camera traps reveal that tropical forest protected areas can protect biodiversity
More than 2.5 million photos taken by more than 1,000 camera traps suggest that the biodiversity in protected forests may be doing better than previously thought.
Welcome to the world: New chameleon emerges from wilds of Tanzania
Out of the wilds of Tanzania, a new species emerged into the spotlight last week. The discovery of this new species sheds more light on an area previously referred to as the Makamboko Gap in the Southern Highlands.
Explore the power of parks
If you haven't caught it yet, the February issue of National Geographic is all about the role of protected areas and parks in conservation — complete with stunning photography.