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Species of the Week: Western Gorilla

  The gorilla is one of the most impressive primates and the largest of the living apes: in some species males can weigh up to 140kg! With an EDGE rank of 69, Western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) are members of the Hominidae family, which also contains humans, chimpanzees and orang-utans. Until recently it was thought that […]

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Endangered VS Endangered: Who Do We Fight For?

The circle of life is an accepted fact amongst biologists: some animals eat other animals to survive. Predator-prey relationships are key to keeping ecological webs stable, if either predator or prey die out then it changes the population dynamics of the ecosystem, the effects of which can filter right down to the human level, like […]

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Highlights from the DESMAN Course 2012

Pedro Martinez is a biologist who works for the Last Survivors Project in the Dominican Republic which aims to conserve EDGE species such as the Hispaniolan solenodon and other native mammals like the hutia. He is involved in research design and field surveys, project management and conservation planning, and earlier this year he attended a […]

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Species of the Week: Vaquita

The vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is Mexico’s only endemic marine mammal. Along with dolphins, porpoises belong to the superfamily Delphinoidea. Now there are six living species of porpoise in the world, and the vaquita is the smallest and most endangered. They have distinctive dark rings around the eyes and mouth, and contrary to what you […]

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Negros Interior Biodiversity Expedition – Part I

The Negros Interior Biodiversity Expedition (NIBE) 2012 saw a team of biodiversity scientists explore the interior of the North Negros Natural Park on Negros Island in the Philippines. Building on the successful pioneering expedition in 2009, which established the ‘route in’, the team undertook a more detailed biological exploration of an area famed for both […]

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