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eco-tourism, indiana university department of anthropology, michael muehlenbein, orangutans, Borneo, Malaysia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, disney wildlife conservation fund

Wild Orangutans Stressed by Eco-Tourists, but Not for Long, Study Out of North Borneo Finds

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Wild orangutans that have come into contact with eco-tourists over a period of years show an immediate stress response but no signs of chronic stress, unlike other species in which permanent alterations in stress responses have been documented, new research from an Indiana University anthropologist has found.

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Kansas State University, K-State, Veterinary Medicine, prrs, Swine, pork, Animal Health, Diagnostic Medicine, Pathobiology, Virology, Genetics

Animal Health Breakthrough: Research Uncovers Genetic Marker That Could Help Control, Eliminate PRRS Virus

A Kansas State University researcher was part of a collaborative effort that recently discovered a genetic marker that identifies pigs with reduced susceptibility to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, or PRRS. The discovery may improve animal health and save the U.S. pork industry millions of dollars each year.

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New Frog Species with 'Weird' Croak Identified in New York City

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In the wilds of New York City — or as wild as you can get so close to skyscrapers — scientists have found a new leopard frog species that for years biologists mistook for a more widespread variety of leopard frog.

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South Sudan Takes Major Step to Protect its Wildlife

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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) joined officials from the Republic of South Sudan and U.S. Government on March 8th to inaugurate Boma National Park Headquarters in Jonglei State in South Sudan, home to some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife migrations and vast intact ecosystems.

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Polyandry, Eusocial, Indiana University Department of Biology , Honey Bees, honey bee diversity, Colony Collapse Disorder

Increased Honey Bee Diversity Means Fewer Pathogens, More Helpful Bacteria

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A novel study of honey bee genetic diversity co-authored by an Indiana University biologist has for the first time found that greater diversity in worker bees leads to colonies with fewer pathogens and more abundant helpful bacteria like probiotic species.

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Taste Function, Taste Receptors, sweet taste, Evolution, Umami, diet specialization

Extensive Taste Loss in Mammals

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Scientists from the Monell Center report frequent loss of sweet taste in mammalian species that are exclusive meat eaters. Further, two sea-dwelling mammals that swallow their food whole have extensive taste loss. The findings demonstrate that feeding preferences of mammalian species are significantly shaped by their taste receptor biology.

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Stony Brook University, Institute For Ocean Conservation Science, Barrier Reef, reef sharks, PLoS ONE, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Roe Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, Caribbean, Journal

Counting Sharks with Cameras: "Chum Cam" Underwater Video Survey Shows That Reef Sharks Thrive in Marine Reserves

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A team of scientists, led by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University, used video cameras to count Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi) inside and outside marine reserves on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea.

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Jail Time for Cell Phone Tiger Poachers

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The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced that two tiger poachers arrested last July in Thailand have received up to five years in prison.

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WCS Releases Camera Trap Photo of Elusive Carnivore

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Conservationists with the Wildlife Conservation Society recently released this camera-trap photo of a wolverine retrieving bait placed in a tree in Montana.

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Chimpanzees, Congo, Goualougo Triangle, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Anthropology, Conservation

Anthropologists’ Work Prompts Republic of Congo to Enlarge National Park

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Research by WUSTL anthropologist Crickette Sanz, PhD, and colleague David Morgan, PhD, has spurred the Republic of Congo to enlarge its Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park boundaries to include the Goualougo Triangle. The Goualougo Triangle is a remote, pristine forest that is home to at least 14 communities of “naïve” chimpanzees with little exposure to humans.







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