Tales and trails from the mountains: in search of the ‘Himalayan gold’

The communities who historically lived in the upper region of the western Himalaya were associated with ancient silk routes used for trans-border trade between Tibet and the lowlands of India.…


Fish welfare in research and aquaculture

The animal article of the month for January is ‘Review: Assessing fish welfare in research and aquaculture, with a focus on European directives‘ In recent years, teleost fish have been increasingly exploited as animal models for scientific research in both the biomedical and ecological fields by using various ‘omics’ approaches, as they offer several practical advantages compared with mammals or other vertebrates.…


Intensifying natural forest for coffee production affects mammals in Ethiopia

Researchers of the Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation (BINCO) found that intensification of natural forest for coffee production alters large mammal communities.…


The extinction of the Mexican endemic Catarina Pupfish Megupsilon aporus and the sixth mass extinction

Species extinction is one of the most severe, and a truly irreversible, environmental problems facing our planet. Thousands of species have gone extinct in the last 100 years, and many more are at risk.…


Riparian forest protection is crucial to the long-term viability of the endangered proboscis monkey

Nearly half of all primate species are threatened with extinction, with habitat destruction being the biggest threat to their survival. Studies on the impact of habitat changes on primate populations are limited and often based on inferences because primates are long-lived mammals with slow life cycles, and generally respond very slowly to environmental changes.…


Lack of information as a threat for Amazonian marmosets

In 1914 a scientific expedition led by the former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and the Brazilian Marshal Cândido Rondon set out into the Amazon rainforest to map the then unknown River of Doubt, known today as the Roosevelt River.…


Growers in California Face New Weed Control Challenge: Italian ryegrass develops resistance to multiple herbicides

Italian ryegrass has become a weedy nuisance in California – often found in orchards and vineyards where fruits and nuts are grown.…


Fading stripes in Southeast Asia: first insight into the ecology and conservation of an elusive and threatened rabbit

Camera trap pictures don’t lie—and yet the animal on my computer screen was almost too fantastical to believe. This was no ordinary rabbit.…