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Ted Turner Donates $1 Million to Help Endangered Gorillas

Billionaire media mogul Ted Turner has made a $1 million donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International to help support a new initiative to save endangered Grauer's gorillas (also known as eastern lowland gorillas, Gorilla beringei graueri ), a subspecies living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) whose population is on the decline.The donation, the largest the Fossey Fund has ever received, will be used to build field stations from where rangers can protect gorillas from armed groups fighting over natural resources in the war-torn nation...

March 8, 2012 — John R. Platt

Toxicomania: Poisonous Invasive Plant Protects Australian Lizards from Poisonous Invasive Cane Toads

Australia has a long history of invasive species that have damaged the island nation's ecology and driven several species into extinction. The most famous example, of course, is the cane toad ( Rhinella marina ), which was introduced by Australia in 1935 in an attempt to control sugar cane pests, but which instead proved devastating to many species of frogs, turtles, and even salt-water crocodiles.Another invasive species plaguing Australia is a beautiful flowering plant known as mother-of-millions ( Bryophyllum spp .)...

February 28, 2012 — John R. Platt

Meet the Pangolin, Another Animal Threatened by Traditional Asian Medicine

In May 2011 Indonesian customs officials inspecting a shipment of fish and turtle meat bound for Vietnam came across a gruesome discovery: 5.9 metric tons of pangolin meat and another 790 kilograms of pangolin scales hidden within the cargo.It was just one of the nearly four dozen illegal pangolin shipments seized in Indonesia, Vietnam, India, China and other countries in 2011...

February 16, 2012 — John R. Platt

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