When elephants feed on trees, they are capable of knocking trees over, which can pose a problem for elephant populations in the long run.
Strong demand for ivory has decimated both forest and savannah elephant populations across Africa by about two-thirds over the past years.
Elephants born into stressful situations grow up to have fewer offspring and age faster. Does the same pattern apply to humans?
Sauropods were the largest dinosaurs ever on earth and they had big dinosaur diets, so how do you think they all found enough food to eat?
Ecologist Nicolas Medina explains how fossil-fuel use impacts forests and drives climate change. Carbon may run deeper than you think, and forests alone can’t stop climate change. By Nicholas L. Medina The US is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China, and President Obama has called climate change a “national and global security threat.” Now, we urgently need to understand why our fossil fuel use will have long-lasting effects on global climates and our forests. We need to reduce our societal CO2 emissions quickly and substantially. Can We Stop…
Cats in a new study showed lower stress responses while listening to a certain type of music, which could help veterinary visits be less stressful.
By Mackenzie Myers @kenzwrites Large organisms such as whales, elephants, and redwoods are often featured in awe-inspiring nature documentaries, but they’re more than just oohs and ahs. Their existence or extinction could make or break the planet as we know it. Megabiota—the largest plants and animals—are more likely than smaller organisms to go extinct as a result of climate change. And the rest of us could be in big trouble if they do, according to a recent study. The charisma conundrum Think of successful conservation campaigns. Which animals are deemed…
Forest restoration efforts are a far more effective strategy for sequestering atmospheric carbon than monoculture plantations.
Did extinct these animals have cheeks? Paleontologists work from fossils of dinosaurs, so how can they know? An anatomist explains.
By Kate Stone By now, we have all heard about the poaching of endangered animals. A century ago, more than 60,000 tigers roamed the wild. Today, the worldwide wild tiger population has shrunk to around 3,200. Poaching is the number one cause of this dramatic drop in tigers. Humans have pushed tigers close to extinction by killing them for skins, medicine, trophy hunting. Other large animals, including elephants and rhinos, face the same problem. Now, however, artificial intelligence (AI) is ready to curb poaching and protect the animals. Of Rangers…