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Why we shouldn’t close zoos and aquariums

By Charles Hermesmann, Northern Burlington Regional High School | August 30, 2015 Recently, I had the opportunity to watch the 2013 documentary “Blackfish” for the first time. While I had watched a short clip during a School presentation given by a classmate over a year ago, viewing the film in its entirety brought on an even more powerful message. “Blackfish” raises questions dealing with SeaWorld, the company that owns several marine animal-themed amusement parks and keeps several …

Cost-effective conservation helps species bounce back

… shows how to promote faster species recovery following such a surprise,” said Professor Quentin Grafton from the Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University (ANU). The cost of environmental damage can be substantial, and this new method developed jointly by ANU and CSIRO has the potential to quantify the cost and help direct resources for the best environmental outcomes. “We show how to calculate the cost of offsetting environmental damage, which will help …

Critically endangered species should be left to breed in the wild

… Paul Dolman, from UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences, said: “Our research challenges the assumption that when a species is perilously close to extinction in the wild, it is always a good idea to set up a captive breeding population. “Captive breeding can offer a last chance when species face imminent extinction, but ultimately depends on re-establishing a population in the wild. This has proved successful for some high-profile species, but in many cases it has not. …

‘Virgin births’ found in endangered sawfish species – Science News – redOrbit

… offspring, Dr. Demian Chapman from the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and his colleagues reported in their new study. Previous research that vertebrates could occasionally use a process known as parthenogenesis to reproduce originated from isolated examples of captive birds, sharks, reptiles, and other types of animals. In those instances, the creatures surprised their caretakers by giving birth despite not having an opportunity to mate. Furthermore, scientists …

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