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.…


Identifying conservation priorities for the Critically Endangered Balkan Lynx

A detailed IUCN Red List assessment placed the Balkan lynx (Lynx lynx balcanicus) just one step away from extinction.…


Using human head lice to unravel neglect and cause of death

Abandonment, neglect, sexual abuse, and even what triggers an individual’s death can be unwrapped by just studying the biology and reproductive behaviour of human lice.…


Rethinking Invasive Weed Control: Sometimes treating fewer plants can produce a greater impact

When battling invasive weeds, it’s easy to conclude that treating the largest masses first is the best strategy. But scientists writing in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management say that isn’t always best.…


For Effective Henbit Control, Timing Matters

Spring-applied herbicides are no match for henbit, a winter annual weed found in more than 50 crops – including corn, cotton and soybean.…


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.…