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Kenya to burn biggest ever stockpile of ivory - The Guardian

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Kenya to burn biggest ever stockpile of ivory
The Guardian
On Friday, Kenyatta said Kenya would seek a “total ban on the trade in elephant ivory” at an international wildlife trade meeting in South Africa this September. “The future of the African elephant and rhino is far from secure so long as demand for ...
Giants Club elephant summit: Kenya calls for end to ivory tradeBBC News
Africa to discuss how to save elephants & rhinosTRT World
Saving Africa's last elephants in styleTelegraph.co.uk
Scientific American -Arirang News
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Freshwater crayfish: the forgotten invaders wreaking havoc across Africa - Huffington Post

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Huffington Post

Freshwater crayfish: the forgotten invaders wreaking havoc across Africa
Huffington Post
When invasive species are discussed, most people think of plants, birds and perhaps a few mammals. But Africa ... Crayfish interlopers slow down plant growth, eat rice seedlings and can even make dams' banks collapse. In Europe ... These human ...

Lessons of the Oklahoma assault case - CNN

Fri, 2016-04-29 22:36

CNN

Lessons of the Oklahoma assault case
CNN
But this case also exposes a troubling gap between research demonstrating how frequently predators are able to exploit intoxication to commit acts of sexual violence, and the reality of the implementation of the nation's criminal laws against sexual ...

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Spirulina can be an answer to malnutrition challenges in Africa – NGO - AfricaNews

Fri, 2016-04-29 20:28

AfricaNews

Spirulina can be an answer to malnutrition challenges in Africa – NGO
AfricaNews
Spirulina, a cyanobacterium commonly known as 'blue algae' can be consumed by humans and other animals. Its producers think that it can help resolve cases of malnutrition in Africa and are already thinking of promoting its use in the continent. Once ...

Scientists Discover 'Woolly Wolf' Is Likely a New Species (PHOTOS) | The Weather Channel - The Weather Channel

Fri, 2016-04-29 20:09

The Weather Channel

Scientists Discover 'Woolly Wolf' Is Likely a New Species (PHOTOS) | The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel
The enigmatic Himalayan wolf —popularly known as the "woolly wolf" — has long vexed taxonomists, but now an international research team says they believe the animal is likely a new species of wolf and not a subspecies of the gray wolf as was ...

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Dinosaurs Migrated Out of Europe as Ancient Supercontinent Broke Up - Live Science

Fri, 2016-04-29 18:10

Dinosaurs Migrated Out of Europe as Ancient Supercontinent Broke Up
Live Science
"We can then use some really simple maths to look at how the level of connectivity and the strength of the connection changes through time," Dunhill told Live Science. ... To make the mapping exercise more manageable, the researchers separated the ...

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Ebola virus genome provides clues to repeated disease 'flare-ups' in Western Africa - EurekAlert (press release)

Fri, 2016-04-29 18:03

Ebola virus genome provides clues to repeated disease 'flare-ups' in Western Africa
EurekAlert (press release)
Ebola virus samples taken from patients in Liberia in June 2015 are strikingly similar in their genetic makeup to other Ebola virus sequences from Western Africa, according to research published online today in the journal Science Advances. The study ...

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African leaders meet for Giants Club elephant summit - BBC News

Fri, 2016-04-29 04:15

BBC News

African leaders meet for Giants Club elephant summit
BBC News
African leaders are to meet in Kenya to discuss how to save the continent's elephants from extinction. The inaugural summit of the so-called Giants Club will be led by the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. As well as heads of state, the conservation ...
Why Kenya Is Burning 100 Tons of Elephant IvoryScientific American
Will burning ivory help stop poaching? Kenya says yes.Christian Science Monitor

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Large wildlife important for carbon storage in tropical forests - Space Daily

Fri, 2016-04-29 03:58

Large wildlife important for carbon storage in tropical forests
Space Daily
"Scientists are only just beginning to understand the numerous ways in which animals affect the carbon cycle of tropical forests, and the consequences of declines of these animals - also termed 'defaunation' - for terrestrial carbon storage ", says ...

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World-renowned cheetah conservationist visits Busch Gardens - FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

Fri, 2016-04-29 02:56

FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

World-renowned cheetah conservationist visits Busch Gardens
FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay
TAMPA (FOX 13) - They're the fastest animals on earth: lean, graceful, majestic. But cheetahs are in the race of their lives, to survive. Lack of genetic diversity, conflicts with farmers and loss of habitat have made this charismatic cat one of the ...

Africa's Antelopes Face Extinction as Climate Change Squeezes Habitat - TakePart

Thu, 2016-04-28 17:15

TakePart

Africa's Antelopes Face Extinction as Climate Change Squeezes Habitat
TakePart
Africa's antelope species are in need of immediate help if they're going to survive the threat of climate change, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology. The study finds that 82 percent of the continent's 72 antelope ...

Thirty three lions rescued from South American circuses and brought to African sanctuary - ZME Science

Thu, 2016-04-28 16:08

ZME Science

Thirty three lions rescued from South American circuses and brought to African sanctuary
ZME Science
More and more nations are banning animals in circuses, specifically due to the inhumane conditions in which they are almost always kept. So far, the only countries which have completely banned animal circuses are Cyprus, Greece, Malta, and Bolivia ...
Airlift Is Sending 33 Lions From South American Circuses to African SanctuaryNew York Times
33 Rescued Circus Lions Will Feel Like Kings In New South African DigsHuffington Post
Thirty-three lions rescued from South American circuses being airlifted to South African 'paradise'Calgary Herald

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Climate change puts most-threatened African antelopes in 'double jeopardy' - EurekAlert (press release)

Thu, 2016-04-28 16:03

EurekAlert (press release)

Climate change puts most-threatened African antelopes in 'double jeopardy'
EurekAlert (press release)
Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 28 say that climate change will cause a disproportionate decline in African antelopes with the smallest geographic ranges, placing the most-threatened taxa in "double jeopardy.

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What Killed off the Neanderthals? You Might Not Like the Answer - Big Think (blog)

Thu, 2016-04-28 12:43

Big Think (blog)

What Killed off the Neanderthals? You Might Not Like the Answer
Big Think (blog)
Indeed, a smidgen of Neanderthal DNA has been found in the human genome, and resides within anyone whose ancestry lies outside of Africa, a place where Neanderthals never stepped foot. Another theory is that an alliance between wolves and humans ...

NASA Maps Zika's Potential Spread in the U.S. - FOX40

Thu, 2016-04-28 04:45

FOX40

NASA Maps Zika's Potential Spread in the U.S.
FOX40
But it is true that NASA scientists have created a map to better target future search-and-destroy missions for the deadliest animal on the planet, the female Aedes aegypti mosquito. The blood-sucking females are responsible for the spread ... “This ...

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Teeth vs. tools: Neandertals and Homo sapiens - Science Daily

Thu, 2016-04-28 02:49

Science Daily

Teeth vs. tools: Neandertals and Homo sapiens
Science Daily
... plant foods which the Neandertals appear to have exploited. In forested landscapes, the Neandertals' diet included, in addition to meat, significant amounts of plants, such as hard seeds and nuts, which resulted in more complex patterns of tooth ...

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Are these bite marks evidence of the first human to be eaten ALIVE by animals? - Express.co.uk

Wed, 2016-04-27 18:02

Express.co.uk

Are these bite marks evidence of the first human to be eaten ALIVE by animals?
Express.co.uk
Scientists say that, during the Middle Pleistocene period, early humans known as hominins, competed for space and resources with large carnivores. ... It is unknown whether the hominin was already dead or killed by the predator ... Camille Daujeard, of ...
Teeth marks on bone evidence that early humans in North Africa were eaten by animalsABC Online
Ancient Hyenas Ate Human Relatives Half a Million Years AgoLive Science
Human Ancestors Used to be Snacks For Ice Age PredatorsGizmodo India

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Loathed By Farmers, Loved By Ancients: The Strange History Of Tiger Nuts - NPR

Wed, 2016-04-27 17:53

NPR

Loathed By Farmers, Loved By Ancients: The Strange History Of Tiger Nuts
NPR
There doesn't seem to be any record that ancient people saw yellow nutsedge as a weed, but it's certainly far better at destroying crops than being one, according to Michael Defelice, a retired weed scientist who's written about the plant. ... They're ...

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Richard Leakey Leads the Charge in Kenya's War on Elephant Poaching - Scientific American

Wed, 2016-04-27 13:00

Scientific American

Richard Leakey Leads the Charge in Kenya's War on Elephant Poaching
Scientific American
In the world of science, Richard Leakey is as close to royalty by birth as one gets. The son of Louis and Mary Leakey, whose dramatic discoveries at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania helped establish Africa as the birthplace of humankind, Richard is best known ...
Will burning ivory help stop poaching? Kenya says yes.Christian Science Monitor
Kenya to Spare Part of Ivory Stockpile Set for BurningAllAfrica.com

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Out of Africa, Part III - New York Times

Wed, 2016-04-27 07:21

New York Times

Out of Africa, Part III
New York Times
Dakar, SENEGAL — You can learn everything you need to know about the main challenges facing Africa today by talking to just two people in Senegal: the rapper and the weatherman. They've never met, but I could imagine them doing an amazing duet one ...

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