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Entries for July 2019

Saving Guatemala’s Vanishing Macaws

Saving Guatemala’s Vanishing Macaws
(July 23, 2019) Less than 1,000 scarlet macaws remain within the habitat corridor spanning Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. They are threatened by habitat loss and increasingly, by trafficking for the pet trade. Compounding the problem, their nests are also attacked by aggressive, invasive Africanized honey bees—also known as “killer bees”—that sting parent birds to death or drive them away, leaving fledglings to starve and are also under threat from forest fires raging in key nature reser...

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How a Khulan Became a Photographer

How a Khulan Became a Photographer
(July 01, 2019) Since 2013, khulan in the Southern Gobi have been monitored by a group of researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Mongolia, the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria, and the Norwegian Institute of Nature Research (NINA).During the 2015 khulan capture season, 20 khulan were equipped with GPS satellite collars which allow monitoring of khulan movements and habitat use. One additional animal, an adult mare, was equipped wit...

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