ScienceDaily: New database to support conservation

ScienceDaily: New database to support conservation. “The database presents a valuable tool for planning conservation actions at any spatial scale and preventing species extinctions globally. This represents a large volume of literature that captures a wide variety of threats such as the collection of medicinal plants, hunting, pollution, and alien invasive species, that are particularly difficult to account for in global datasets.”

The Hindu: India adds 540 species to its faunal database, 315 taxa to its flora in 2021

The Hindu: India adds 540 species to its faunal database, 315 taxa to its flora in 2021. “India added 540 species to its faunal database in 2021 taking the total number of animal species to 1,03,258. The country also added 315 taxa to the Indian flora during 2021, taking the number of floral taxa in the country to 55,048. Of the 540 faunal species, 406 are new discoveries and 134 new records to India. Thirteen new genera were also discovered in 2021. Among the new species discovered is one species from mammal, 35 reptiles and 19 species of pisces.”

Nature: AnimalTraits – a curated animal trait database for body mass, metabolic rate and brain size

Nature: AnimalTraits – a curated animal trait database for body mass, metabolic rate and brain size. “Trait databases have become important resources for large-scale comparative studies in ecology and evolution. Here we introduce the AnimalTraits database, a curated database of body mass, metabolic rate and brain size, in standardised units, for terrestrial animals. The database has broad taxonomic breadth, including tetrapods, arthropods, molluscs and annelids from almost 2000 species and 1000 genera.”

NewScientist: Evidence finally collated of toads mating with things they shouldn’t

NewScientist: Evidence finally collated of toads mating with things they shouldn’t. “This is a new paper in the journal Ecology by Filipe Serrano and his colleagues at the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil. No amount of science words can gloss over the fact that it amounts to a spreadsheet of all the instances recorded in the scientific literature in the past century of frogs attempting to mate with things that they shouldn’t.”

Youthtopia: New initiative launched to promote coexistence with wildlife in Singapore, website set up to provide information on species

Youthtopia: New initiative launched to promote coexistence with wildlife in Singapore, website set up to provide information on species. “A new islandwide initiative was launched last Friday (Apr 22) to raise awareness and understanding of Singapore’s wildlife…. To kickstart the initiative, a new website has been set up as a one-stop platform for the public to learn about the natural habitats and behaviour of the wildlife species. Members of the public can also pick up tips on what to do and avoid when encountering wildlife in various situations.”

University of New Mexico: Scholars seek greater collaboration among zoos and museums

University of New Mexico: Scholars seek greater collaboration among zoos and museums. “The animal collections housed at zoos and natural history museums — living specimens in the first case, preserved in the other — constitute an exhaustive trove of information about Earth’s biodiversity. Yet, zoos and museums rarely share data with each other. A new paper published in the journal BioScience lays out a pathway to increasing collaboration that would enhance our understanding of the animal kingdom. “

PR Newswire: ASPCA Collaborates with the NC State University Libraries to Digitize Over 150,000 Pages of Historical Animal Welfare Archival Material (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: ASPCA Collaborates with the NC State University Libraries to Digitize Over 150,000 Pages of Historical Animal Welfare Archival Material (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and the NC State University Libraries announced the completion of a three-year, grant-funded project to digitize the ASPCA Historical Archive – a curated collection of more than 150,000 pages of archival material, including annual reports, journals, scrapbooks, photos, and publications that provide a timeline of the work and influence of the ASPCA since its founding on April 10, 1866.”

Mashable: It’s not too late to socialize your pandemic puppy

Mashable: It’s not too late to socialize your pandemic puppy. “Along with separation anxiety, socialization is a behavioral challenge that many ‘pandemic puppies’ are now facing. Introducing your puppy to new experiences is a critical part of their development. Simple things like having friends over to your house, taking your puppy out to a pet-friendly restaurant, or going to in-person puppy classes are all ways to socialize your pup — and all are experiences they may have missed out on when we sheltered in place.”

BuzzFeed News: Even Carole Baskin’s Tigers Had COVID. Here’s How It’s Affecting Animals In Zoos And Sanctuaries Across The US.

BuzzFeed News: Even Carole Baskin’s Tigers Had COVID. Here’s How It’s Affecting Animals In Zoos And Sanctuaries Across The US.. “…it’s not that surprising that [Carole] Baskin’s tiger tested positive for COVID; it’s been a common problem in zoos and sanctuaries throughout the pandemic. This is unsettling news for animal welfare, but there could be even more distressing implications for public health. When there is an animal outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus can mutate and even spread back to humans. Worst-case scenario, a new variant will form that is extra contagious or causes more severe illness. Such concerns have given rise to the development of special veterinary vaccines specifically to prevent COVID in animals.”

The Conversation: Soda geyser trend becomes sinister as people target animals for YouTube content

The Conversation: Soda geyser trend becomes sinister as people target animals for YouTube content. “Geyser videos have always been very popular on YouTube. They involve documenting what happens when mint candy (often Mentos) is mixed with a carbonated beverage, resulting in a rapid eruption of the soda out of the bottle that can shoot up to several meters. In mid-2019, some creators took advantage of the trend and went one step further by involving animals.”

Parrots for sale: The internet’s role in illicit trade (BBC)

BBC: Parrots for sale: The internet’s role in illicit trade. “On the surface, the illicit wildlife trade is as it always has been – secret shipment routes, forged customs documents, and covert warehouses. But how we’ve arrived at Faiz [Ahmed]’s establishment is a sign of how drastically the illicit trade in endangered plants and animals has transformed. He has been openly advertising the sale of endangered birds and animals across social media.”