Genes shed light on pygmy history
Scientists on Tuesday said they could fill a blank in the history of Central Africa's pygmies, whose past is one of the most elusive of any community in the world.
Using maths to save rare animals and plants from poachers
Environmental scientists have developed a new, low-cost way to save rare animals and plants from poachers and plunderers – using maths.
New mosquito repellant could be frightening ... for the mosquitoes!
In a small, narrow, temperature-controlled lab room at Vanderbilt University live some of the most deadly and dangerous animals in the world.
European grasslands challenge rainforests as the most species-rich spaces on Earth
The city of Manila holds the human world record for the most densely populated space and now an international team of ecologists are seeking the natural equivalent, the most species rich area on earth. The team's findings, ...
New data shows continued decline of African forest elephants
New data from the field in Central Africa shows that between 2002 and 2013, 65 percent of forest elephants were killed. They are being poached, for their ivory, at a shocking 9 percent per year.
Despite their diversity, pygmies of Western Central Africa share recent common ancestors
Despite the great cultural, physical, and genetic diversity found amongst the numerous West Central African human populations that are collectively designated as "Pygmies," a report published online on February 5th in Current Bi ...
C.Africa elephant population down 62% in 10 years
Poaching on an "industrial" scale has slashed the elephant population in the countries of central Africa by nearly two-thirds, a group of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) said on Friday.
Study documents decimation of critically endangered forest elephant
African forest elephants are being poached out of existence. A study just published in the online journal PLOS ONE and supported in part by San Diego Zoo Global shows that a staggering 62% of all forest elephants have been k ...
Genes from sweet pepper to fortify African banana against devastating wilt disease
In a major breakthrough, crop scientists announced today the successful transfer of green pepper genes to bananas, conferring on the popular fruit the means to resist one of the most devastating diseases of bananas in the ...
Seeing the forest for the trees: Seed dispersal, environmental conditions matter in African forests
(Phys.org) —Nouabale-Ndoki National Park is a tree-dotted enclave in Central Africa's Republic of Congo. Heavy logging surrounds the park, but it still has one of the largest intact forests in Africa. In ...
Berkeley Lab tests cookstoves for Haiti
The developers of the fuel-efficient Berkeley-Darfur Stove for refugee camps in central Africa are at it once again, this time evaluating inexpensive metal cookstoves for the displaced survivors of last year's deadly earthquake ...
Discovery in Africa gives insight for Australian Hendra virus outbreaks
A new study on African bats provides a vital clue for unravelling the mysteries in Australia's battle with the deadly Hendra virus.
Local wildlife is important in human diets
Animals like antelope, frogs and rodents may be tricky to catch, but they provide protein in places where traditional livestock are scarce. According to the authors of a new paper in Animal Frontiers, meat from wild animal ...
Asia fuels record elephant, rhino killings: WWF
Releasing a report rating countries' efforts at stopping the trade in endangered species, WWF said elephant poaching was at crisis levels in central Africa while the survival of rhinos was under grave threat ...