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First Hibernating Primate Found Outside Madagascar : Discovery News

By Discovery News | December 3, 2015 The pygmy slow loris, which lives in Cambodia, China, Vietnam, and Laos, has been documented using hibernation to conserve energy. Previously, the only known primates to hibernate were lemurs living on the island nation of Madagascar. The findings come from a paper just published in the journal Scientific Reports by a team of researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna in Austria. The pygmy slow loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) is small, at about 7 to 9 inches long and …

‘Rewilding’ may rescue vulnerable Australian animals – BBC News

… now bold plans to bring back the cat-sized carnivorous marsupial and other mammals to parts of Australia’s most populous state. The animals will live in vast enclosures cleansed of predators in western NSW as part of a Noah’s Ark-type project designed to save some of the nation’s unique creatures. Time machines Free of invasive species, the havens will be akin to wildlife time machines resembling the countryside as it would have been before European colonists arrived with …

Is Chocolate Driving Monkeys into Extinction? | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

By John R. Platt | April 3, 2015 Ten years ago the forests of Ivory Coast were full of the hoots and howls of more than a dozen primate species. No more. Today the west African nation is much quieter. The forests are mostly gone and the monkeys that they once held aren’t far behind. Several species have become critically endangered. One may now be extinct. The cause? Chocolate. More specifically, the problem is cocoa (Theobroma cacao), the key ingredient in chocolate and related products. …

Bilbies racing against extinction – News – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Scraping by on a fraction of the funds Australians bet on the Melbourne Cup each year, the Save the Bilby Fund nonetheless finds a moment of levity amidst a gloomy prognosis. IT’S BILLED AS THE ‘race that stops a nation’. But to Frank Manthey, co-founder of the Save the Bilby Fund, it’s more of a race against extinction. The greater bilby, (Macrotis lagotis) is listed on Australia’s threatened species register as vulnerable to extinction. And with recent reports of …

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