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November 2012

Mountain Gorilla Population Number Increases

Wed 21st November 2012 (0 comments)

Mountain Gorillas are one of the rarest and most critically endangered animals in the world and are only found in two regions in central Africa which are the Bwindi and the Virunga Massif forests that span areas of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

However, intensive conservation efforts in the region over the past decade have enormously helped this dwindling species, with the latest population count having increased to 880 individuals which is nearly 100 more than when 786 mountain gorillas were counted in 2010.

Losing The Arabica Coffee Crop

Mon 19th November 2012 (0 comments)
Coffee Beans

A study that has been recently conducted in Ethiopia has produced some alarming results in relation to the long-term survival of coffee. Coffee is the most commonly traded global commodity after oil and is natively grown throughout the tropics around the world.

Roughly 70% of the coffee that is grown for commercial purposes is Arabica but most of the crops that are found on plantations have very low genetic diversity and could be drastically affected by increasing carbon levels according to the study.

Conservation Legend - The Elephant Whisperer

Fri 16th November 2012 (0 comments)

Over the years there have been a number of people that have been critical in making conservation what it is today, but one man not only made it his duty to protect the animals and their native environments, but also to work closely with local people to ensure the continuing success of projects particularly in certain areas.

In the mid-1990s, Lawrence Anthony purchased a private game reserve two hours from Durban in South Africa and began working closely with the local Zulu tribes to protect the animals in the area, eventually expanding the Thula Thula game reserve into one of South Africa's most well-maintained and popular areas for animal conservation.

Unusual Animal News

Wed 14th November 2012 (1 comment)
(c) Tamar Assaf

Animal antics from around the world often make global news stories whether they are becoming extinct or being discovered, are displaying uncharacteristic behaviours for their species, or have simply baffled the scientific world.

With so much animal news today focusing on the devastating impacts that the encroachment of humans is having on numerous eco-systems around the world, we thought we would share some of the more unusual animal stories that have been globally publicised in the past couple of months.

Great British Mushrooms

Mon 12th November 2012 (0 comments)
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As the weather gets colder and wetter and the leaves are disappearing rapidly from the trees, signs of life in the wildlife world appear to be decreasing. However, beneath the carpet of reds, yellows and oranges that covers the ground, a whole new set of life is thriving.

There are thought to be millions of different species of fungi around the world that can be found in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours, and with over 3,000 different species of mushrooms and toadstools found in the UK alone, there is plenty to look out for at this time of year.

Remember Your Pets On The 5th Of November

Mon 5th November 2012 (0 comments)

The celebrations of the 5th November every year almost mark the end of Autumn and the beginning of Winter, as it is at this time of year when small mammals are preparing for the months ahead by either collecting the last nuts and berries for their winter stash, or by finding somewhere safe and secure to hibernate.

However, many people will have already built their bonfires to set alight this evening in remembrance of the attempt to overthrow King James in 1605, when Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the Houses Of Parliament in London with 36 barrels of gunpowder.