Salamanders on the EDGE: building conservation networks for amphibians in Mexico (Part 2/2)

Four hours and 250km later, in Puebla State, we arrive at Laguna Alchichica, Alfredo’s field site. Set in a landscape that has turned from forest to semi desert over the last two centuries due to catastrophic and complete deforestation, the first thing that strikes one on first seeing Alchichica is its sudden blueness in a […]

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Salamanders on the EDGE: building conservation networks for amphibians in Mexico (Part 1/2)

  I am standing on a narrow isthmus of land, essentially a dirt track running on top of a levee. On my right is a fragment of the once vast Lerma wetland, one of the last sites for the Lerma Salamander (Ambystoma lermaense), joint number 7 EDGE Amphibian species. Salamanders rise up to the surface […]

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Lessons Learned from a Lost Manatee

Currently we are at the end of the first year of our project titled Assessing the distribution and threats on the West African manatee in Cameroon. The project is supervised by Aristide Kamla, and its aim is to improve the knowledge of the ecology and health of the West African manatee in Cameroon through field […]

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What a Wonderful World

  Blind salamanders, paternal toads, scaly anteaters, fiery-coloured cats.  There can be no doubt that we live in a world of wonders, of beauty and variety that we’re only just starting to uncover. This week we’ve been showcasing some incredible species, species with a remarkable life history, something they bring to the world that nothing else […]

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Breeding Like Bunnies May Not Be Enough

Lagomorphs are a very distinct group of small mammalian herbivores. The order Lagomorpha (pikas, rabbits, hares and jackrabbits) is defined by small peg-like teeth immediately behind the incisors, found in all species but in no other mammals. There are 87 species of living Lagomorphs and they thrive in a wide variety of habitats. Nonetheless, a quarter of […]

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