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Linking Conservation And Development To Save Africa’s Largest Lake

As industry and agriculture expand along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, it’s starting to damage the aquatic ecosystem that holds 17% of the world’s water. Is there a way that society can develop without destroying the lake? Over-fishing. Deforestation. Sprawl. People in developing countries and their environments can sometimes appear to be at odds–but an […]

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Animal Extinctions Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

A recent article from The New York Times looks at the correlation between climate change, forest degradation and other pressures facing wildlife and how these threats are sending many species into a “steep downward spiral, from which experts say they will never recover.” Finding ways to make wildlife conservation relevant to people has become a […]

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Alien Giant Tortoise Helps Restore Ecosystem

Rather than wreaking havoc on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean — as alien species can sometimes do — a giant tortoise appears to be helping to restore the native ecosystem. Wildlife scientists introduced Aldabra giant tortoises — which can reach up to 661 pounds (300 kilograms) — to an island, called Ile aux […]

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Ecological Aspects of Artificial Water Provision in African Ecosystems

Waterholes play an important role in regulating animal behaviour and they influence the functioning of ecosystems.  Some examples include: Most conflicts between different species and between members of the same species occur when waterholes, water supplies or drinking space are limited.  Aggressive animals such as elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo have been known to kill and […]

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