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Island monkeys do not recognize big cat calls
Monkeys living on an island without big cat predators do not show any particular alarm when recorded tiger growls are played to them, according to research by a UC Davis graduate student. The pig-tailed langurs do, however, flee in a hurry from the sound of human voices. (2008-01-16)

Critically endangered Amur leopard captured
A rare Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), one of only an estimated 30 left in the wild has been captured and health-checked by experts from a consortium of conservation organizations, before being released. (2007-10-23)

Interaction of just 2 genes governs coloration patterns in mice
Biologists at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, have found that a simple interaction between just two genes determines the patterns of fur coloration that camouflage mice against their background, protecting them from many predators. The work marks one of the few instances in which specific genetic changes have been linked to an organism's ability to survive in the wild. (2007-08-13)

The new wildlife refuge -- Golf courses?
Golf courses are known as centers for human recreation, but if managed properly, they also could be important wildlife sanctuaries, a University of Missouri-Columbia researcher has found. (2007-07-10)

Frog molecule could provide drug treatment for brain tumors
A synthetic version of a molecule found in the egg cells of the Northern Leopard frog (Rana pipiens) could provide the world with the first drug treatment for brain tumors. (2007-06-26)

Update on census of wrld's most endangered cat -- female Amur leopard found dead
Following the April 18 announcement that only 25 to 34 of the Amur or Far Eastern leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) remain in the wild, World Wildlife Fund says the number must now be revised because a female Amur leopard was brutally killed. (2007-04-23)

Amur leopard still on the brink of extinction, scientists say
A new census of the world's most endangered cat, the Amur or Far Eastern leopard, shows that as few as 25 to 34 are left in the wild, renewing fears for the future of the species. The census was conducted by World Wildlife Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Russian Academy of Science. (2007-04-18)

Scripps oceanography professor honored for Antarctic field research
New York City's Explorers Club, a century-old international professional society, has awarded Gerald Kooyman of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego its highest honor for accomplishments in polar field research. (2007-03-26)

New species declared: Clouded leopard on Borneo and Sumatra
Scientists have discovered that the clouded leopard found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra is an entirely new species of cat. The secretive rainforest animal was originally thought to be the same species as the one found in mainland Southeast Asia. (2007-03-14)

Pendulums, predators and prey: The ecology of coupled oscillations
Connect one pendulum to another with a spring, and in time the motions of the two swinging levers will become coordinated. (2006-12-01)

First Far Eastern leopard captured in southeast Russia by international team
Just three days after catching a Siberian tiger in the Russian Far East, an international team led by biologists from the Wildlife Conservation Society captured another species last week that carries the dubious distinction of being the world's most endangered big cat: an extremely Far Eastern leopard. (2006-11-14)

Snakes' virtual glasses, leopard spots and all-optical transistors
Virtual lenses for infrared snake sight, how the leopard gets (and changes) its spots, a major breakthrough in optical micro-circuitry, and the advantages of multiple choice testing in college. (2006-08-07)

Predators prefer to hunt small-brained prey
Predators such as leopards and chimpanzees consistently target smaller-brained prey less capable of escape, research at the University of Liverpool has shown. (2006-08-02)

Afghanistan to protect wildlife and wild lands
In a country known more for conflict than conservation, a joint effort by the government of Afghanistan and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been launched to protect the region's unique wildlife and develop the country's first official system of protected areas. (2006-06-28)

Report lists top 20 most-vulnerable African carnivores
It may still be (2006-02-01)

Roundup®highly lethal to amphibians, finds University of Pittsburgh researcher
In a study published today in the journal Ecological Applications, University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of biology Rick Relyea found that Roundup®, the second most commonly applied herbicide in the United States, is (2005-04-01)

New monkey discovered in Northeastern India
A species of monkey previously unknown to science has been discovered in the remote northeastern region of India, according to the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Named after the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh where it was found, the Arunachal macaque---a relatively large brown primate with a comparatively short tail---is described in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Primatology. (2004-12-15)

Veterinarians discover first known case of canine distemper in a wild tiger
Veterinarians from the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have confirmed the first-known case of canine distemper in a wild Siberian tiger in the Russian Far East, further threatening populations of this highly endangered big cat. (2004-09-01)

UCLA researchers recreate patterns formed by mammalian cells
For the first time, UCLA researchers have recreated the ability of mammalian cells to self-organize, forming evenly spaced patterns in a test tube. Published in the June 22, 2004 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the findings may help improve methods for regenerating tissue, controlling birth defects and developing new treatments for specific diseases. (2004-06-14)

Popular weed killer feminizes native leopard frogs across Midwest
Atrazine, the most popular weed killer in the U.S., has now been shown to feminize native male leopard frogs throughout the nation's Corn Belt. UC Berkeley biologists found feminized leopard frogs in all atrazine-contaminated bodies of water sampled in a swath from Utah to the Iowa-Illinois border. Developmental endocrinologist Tyrone Hayes says the herbicide, also used widely outside the country, could be a factor in amphibian declines worldwide. (2002-10-30)

Popular weed killer disrupts frogs' sexual development
The nation's top-selling weed killer, atrazine, disrupts the sexual development of frogs at concentrations 30 times lower than levels allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), raising concerns about heavy use of the herbicide on corn, soybeans and other crops in the Midwest and around the world. (2002-04-16)

Popular weed killer demasculinizes frogs, disrupts their sexual development
The nation's number-one herbicide, atrazine, is so widespread in the corn belt that no water source is free from it. The EPA considers it harmless in drinking water at 3 ppb and safe for aquatic life at 12 ppb, but a UC Berkeley biologist has found subtle hormonal effects in frogs at 0.1 ppb. Affecting male frogs primarily, it feminizes them, causing hermaphroditism: the development of ovaries as well as testes. (2002-04-15)

China to declare new reserve for Siberian tigers
With assistance from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Chinese government will create a new protected area along its border with Russia in order to safeguard the nation's remaining population of endangered Siberian (Amur) tigers and Far Eastern leopards. (2001-09-05)

Could Minnesota forestry save the Siberian tiger?
Four foresters from the Russian Far East will visit Minnesota April 30 - May 4 to find out if forestry practices in Minnesota provide a key to the tiger's survival. Foresters will observe the successful regeneration of eastern white pine in Minnesota and hopefully use the same techniques to increase the numbers of native Korean pine in Siberia. The seed of the Korean pine is an important food source to wild boars and other species of prey found in the food chain of the Siberian tiger. (2001-04-24)

Tigers And Land Mines: Wildlife Experts Discuss Fate Of Korea's DMZ
A panel of wildlife and policy experts will discuss saving the unique and endangered wildlife found in Korea's Demilitarized Zone, now the largest expanse of unbroken habitat on the Korean Penninsula -- on Sat., March 20, 1999, 8:30-1:00 p.m., at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., New York. (1999-03-12)

How A Common Protein Becomes A Cancer Killer
In one of nature's remarkable flukes, scientists in 1991 discovered a protein in frog eggs that proved to be a potent killer of cancer cells. Now a new study by a University of Wisconsin-Madison biochemist finds that a (1998-08-31)

Fatal Frog Fungus Found In The United States
The fungus that made headlines as an amphibian killer in Australia and Central America has turned up in a dying wild frog in Arizona, according to the July 4 Science News. The discovery raises the possibility that chytrid fungi have played a role in mysterious amphibian declines in the United States. (1998-07-02)

UD Prof Documents Masking Among African Women, Raising Important Cultural Questions
A University of Delaware anthropologist's research on masking among African women raises important questions about the women's access to political and spiritual powers, and may cause scholars to re-examine theories about gender in African societies. Peter's Weil's research is published in a special issue of (1998-06-26)

Big Cat Expert Applauds Listing Of Jaguar As Endangered In U.S.
Big Cat expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz of the Wildlife Conservation Society, applauds last week's decision to list the jaguar as an endangered species on U.S. soil. Rabinowitz recently released a report on the status of wild jaguars in the southwest. (1997-07-22)

USGS Asks For Public's Help With Deformed Frog Research
U.S. and Canadian residents are being asked to help in the scientific investigation of deformed frogs, toads, and salamanders. Citizens are encouraged to report sightings of both normal and malformed amphibians that are encountered during hiking, fishing, or other outdoor related activities. (1997-06-23)

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