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In the absence of males, female Laysan Albatrosses team up to raise their young in Oahu, Hawaii

On the island of Oahu in Hawaii, a shortage of males has resulted in female Laysan Albatrosses teaming up to raise their young together. This strategy, called reciprocity, is the main reason why the once dwindling bird has been successful in populating the islands again.

More species discovered in the Greater Mekong

The Greater Mekong is certainly a wildlifer’s paradise and one of the most vital global biodiversity hotspots. In the past decade alone over 1,000 species have been discovered including a rat believed to have been extinct for 11 million years and a hot-pink, cyanide-producing dragon millipede, says a new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Cheetah's bark for sex

A team of bioacoustics experts studying cheetah vocalisation have discovered that a specific bark of the male cheetah induces ovulation in the female.

Googling and Climate Change

You can plant trees, champion environmentalism and recycle paper but a simple Google search can reverse all your good work, says a research conducted by U.S. physicist Alex Wissner-Gross. According to the study, a typical Google search consumes approximately seven grammes of CO2.

Protest against tiger reserve in Tamil Nadu

Extension plans of the newly-declared Mudumalai Tiger Reserve are being opposed by locals as well as representatives of political parties in Tamil Nadu. The National Conservation Tiger Authority had recently declared the Mudumalai Sanctuary and National Park as a critical tiger habitat. This also includes the Mudumalai panchayat and part of the Masinagudy panchayat.

Are Congo's gorillas safe?

Mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park were seen in December 2008 by park rangers for the first time in more than a year.

Reflected light leading to animal deaths

Increasing instances of man-made light sources disrupting natural light cycles and consequently impacting animals that rely on light cues to find mates, determine migration paths and so on are coming to ‘light’.

Egg-laying mammal

The duck-billed platypus is a misnomer in many different ways. When it was first brought to the United Kingdom in the 1700s, people actually thought that someone had sewn a duck’s bill into a mammal’s body. Found only in Australia, it prefers freshwater ponds and streams.

Massive coral bleaching predicted in the Indo-Pacific

A December 2008 report from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts severe bleaching for parts of the Coral Triangle, a 3.4 million square mile expanse of ocean in the Indo-Pacific. This area, considered the centre of global marine life, is home to 75 per cent of all known coral species, including 500 species of reef-building coral, and more than 3,000…

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