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New ape species named after Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker

New ape species named after Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker

A newly discovered ape species, which lives in eastern parts of Myanmar and southwestern China, has been named after Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker.

The skywalker hoolock gibbon is also called the Gaoligong hoolock gibbon as the species has been found in the area of Mt. Gaoligong on the Myanmar-China border.

The biologists explained that the Jedi ape is apart from his fellow gibbons mainly due to the shape of its eyebrows and the color of its eye rings. They are also genetically different.

Endangered vaquita porpoise conservation efforts will receive help from US Navy trained Dolphins

Endangered vaquita porpoise conservation efforts will receive help from US Navy trained Dolphins

The U.S. Navy trained dolphins will help in efforts to save endangered vaquita porpoise. As per the latest data available, there are nearly three dozen endangered vaquita porpoise and the species faces high risk of extinction. Many international organizations have also been helping Mexican authorities in saving endangered vaquita porpoise. The U.S. Navy trained dolphins will be deployed in the Gulf of California. The U.S. Navy has been training dolphins and sea lions since 1960s in sniffing out mines and in navigation when lose in the open sea.

Cheetahs Face Extinction Risk as Number in the Wild drops to 7,100

Cheetahs Face Extinction Risk as Number in the Wild drops to 7,100

Cheetahs in the wild have declined and conservationists have alarmed authorities about the risk of extinction the species faces. The results of a major worldwide survey released last week has suggested that the number of cheetahs in the wild could be around 7,100. At the start of last century, the number of cheetahs in the wild was over 100,000. The loss of population has mainly happened due to loss of natural habitat for cheetahs. The fastest animal on the earth is sprinting towards extinction, the research team involved with the counting of cheetahs informed.

China to ban ivory trade by end of 2017

China to ban ivory trade by end of 2017

Dealing a critical blow to the illegal practice of elephant poaching, Chinese authorities have decided to ban all trade in ivory or any products made of ivory by the end of 2017.

Currently, China is the world’s biggest ivory market, and the decision to ban ivory trade has been taken by authorities after years of intensifying international as well as domestic pressure from wildlife protection advocates.

Carter Roberts, the president of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), welcomed the decision, calling a “game changer” for conserving the largest land animal on Earth.

Bats Communicate in Different Ways and Vocalize a lot during Information Exchange: Research

Bats Communicate in Different Ways and Vocalize a lot during Information Exchange: Research

Bats communicate and share information in more ways than earlier known to scientists, as per a new research conducted at the Bat Lab for Neuro-Ecology at Tel Aviv University. During their analysis of bat squeaking, the research team found different tones for calls related to food, sleep or mating. The research team said that they still need to decipher many of the signals but they are sure that there are lot of different signals that bats use for communication.

Chinese officials seize 3.4 tons of illegally trafficked pangolin scales

Chinese officials seize 3.4 tons of illegally trafficked pangolin scales

Chinese Customs officials seized more than three tons of illegally trafficked animal parts taken from the bodies of dead pangolins at a port in Shanghai, and arrested three people in connection with the case.

According to the China News Service, customer officers found illegally trafficked pangolin scales of the endangered species on 10th of December in a container of 101 bags that were imported from Africa among declared timbers.

Cheetahs could soon be defined as “endangered” species as numbers dwindle

Conservationists want cheetahs to be defined as “endangered” species

The fastest running animal on land is facing high risk of extinction as the number in the wild has reduced to nearly 7,100. There were more than 100,000 cheetahs in Africa in the start of last century. The research paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has urged for status of cheetah to be converted to 'endangered'. Amid persistently shrinking populations of cheetah across Africa and other historic habitats around the world, conservationists have sounded alarm bells for the fastest animal on land.

Recently discovered Hawaiian fish named after President Obama

Recently discovered Hawaiian fish named after President Obama

A recently discovered new species of Hawaiian coral reef fish has been named after U.S. President Barack Obama, Lead researcher Richard Pyle from the Bishop Museum in Hawaii announced.

The new fish species, now formally named Tosanoides obama, was spotted during an expedition by divers inside the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in June this year. It may be noted here that the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is a protected marine area that Mr. Obama expanded in August this year.

Researchers discover prehistoric bird species in Canadian Arctic

Researchers discover prehistoric bird species in Canadian Arctic

A team of geologists from the University of Rochester claimed to have found a new prehistoric bird species in the Canadian Arctic, marking the discovery of the oldest avian records in the northernmost latitude.

Prof. John Tarduno, the chairperson of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester, and his team named the new species Tingmiatornis arctica. In the Inuktitut language, which is spoken in the central & eastern parts of Canadian Arctic, the word “Tingmiat” means “those that fly.”

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Flying Bugs Over British Sky Analyzed by Research Team

Flying Bugs Over British Sky Analyzed by Research Team

After analyzing insects migrating over Southern Britain for nearly 10 years, researchers have released data in a research paper published in the journal Science. The number of insects migrating over southern Britain could be in trillions and scientists estimate a combined weight of 3,200 tons for these flying bugs. The research team used using entomological radar and aerial insect catching nets to collect the data, most comprehensive estimate of flying bugs till date.

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