Where is my home? – Finding a place for parasites in food web representations

When we think about food webs, it is rare that parasites are the first group of species that comes to mind; most likely because of their small size and their cryptic nature.…


How to increase litter size in rabbits?

The animal article of the month for March is ‘Correlated responses on litter size traits and survival traits after two-stage selection for ovulation rate and litter size in rabbits’ Litter size is the most important economic trait in prolific species and the only selection criteria for maternal rabbit commercial lines.…


Thank the oceans for softening the blow of climate change

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. It’s an almighty catastrophe that will only become worse with time. We’ll be seeing more powerful storms, increasingly devastating wildfires, longer droughts and recurring floods, to name but a few of the impacts of climate change that are quickly becoming commonplace globally.…


First country-wide distribution survey of the Endangered Asian elephant: towards better elephant conservation and management in Sri Lanka

Asian elephants are a paradox in many ways. They are an Endangered species whose global population is less than one tenth of that of African elephants.…


Herbicide-resistant Kochia: what we know – and don’t know – about this troublesome weed

The broadleaf weed kochia is a real and growing threat to major cropping systems and soil conservation practices across the Great Plains.…


Improving the motivation and job satisfaction of wildlife park rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Working as a park ranger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is no easy task. The salary is low, the work is dangerous and physically demanding, and their efforts can sometimes see rangers being rejected by their own communities.…


Fossil shark teeth discovered in leftover rock that contained SUE the T. rex

Freshwater shark lived in South Dakota, had teeth shaped like “Galaga” spaceships SUE the T. rex is the most famous fossil from the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota—the most complete skeleton ever discovered of the world’s most popular dinosaur.…


Improving dairy herd health management programs

The animal article of the month for February is ‘Effects of a participatory approach, with systematic impact matrix analysis in herd health planning in organic dairy cattle herds‘ There is a strong focus on animal health and welfare in organic farming, and herd health and production management services are therefore important.…