Animals, Birds, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Poaching, UCSC, Wildlife Article published by Rhett Butler Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Quails, partridges and pheasants, together called galliforms, are becoming increasingly restricted to protected areas in Southeast Asia.Five species of galliforms, including three endemics, might no longer survive outside protected areas, a new study predicts.Many local extinctions have occurred in Sumatra, where habitat loss appears more pronounced.Researchers find that protected areas are becoming increasingly isolated and are not integrated into the wider landscape. Nature reserves in large parts of Southeast Asia may be the last strongholds for charismatic ground-feeding birds such as quails, partridges and pheasants, together called galliforms, according to a recent study in Conservation Letters.Researchers estimate that five species of galliforms no longer survive outside protected areas in Sundaland, a region comprising the Malay Peninsula and the islands of Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali. Extirpations are highest in Sumatra’s unprotected lands, where 50 percent of galliform species appear lost.“We looked at Sundaland because it’s a region extremely rich in biodiversity, yet undergoing high levels of environmental degradation,” said Elizabeth Boakes, a conservation scientist at University College London and co-author of the study.Sumatran partridge (Arborophila sumatrana), endemic to the island of Sumatra, no longer survives outside protected areas, according to researchers. Photo by Roland WirthDeforestation rates in Southeast Asia are among the highest in tropics, making protected areas increasingly isolated. “But the amount of protected land itself is very small,” Boakes said. Nature reserves account for about 12 percent of Sundaland’s total land mass.Some of these reserves aren’t permanent. In the last few years, 8,360 square kilometres (3,230 square miles) of Sundaland’s protected area has been lost to downsizing and downgrading.Boakes and her team recognized that protected areas might only be part of a successful conservation strategy for galliforms. So they wanted to know the extent to which the birds survived outside of those zones.Her team scoured through 150 years of museum collection records, scientific literature and recent citizen science databases for information on galliform sighting dates, locations and species.“A lot of these species are charismatic, and people go out looking for them,” Boakes said.Distribution of galliform records outside protected areas in Sundaland. Records from eBird are in red, records from other sources in brown. Protected areas are in green. This map is in the supporting information section of Boakes et al. (2018)The research team used gaps in the sighting history of each species to predict whether that species no longer existed outside protected areas. Statistical methods allowed them to infer extinction for species that were spotted frequently in the past with fewer recent sightings, as opposed to those that were only seen sporadically.To Boakes, the findings were surprising. Her team found no sighting records for 13 of the 52 galliform populations outside nature reserves in the last 20 years. “I don’t think we expected there to be so many local extinctions,” she said.Three Sundaic endemics – the Dulit partridge (Rhizothera dulitensis), the grey-breasted partridge (Arborophila orientalis) and the Sumatran partridge (Arborophila sumatrana) – now live only inside protected areas, the researchers concluded.“These species are very specialized in their habitat requirements. So they are not able to withstand, as far as we can see, change in their habitat,” said Dr. Philip McGowan, a galliform conservation specialist at the University of Newcastle, U.K. and co-author of the study.Grey-breasted partridge (Arborophila orientalis), listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, no longer survives outside protected areas in Sundaland, according to researchers. Photo by Roland WirthIn Sumatra, where the team recorded the highest number of extinctions, six galliform populations have been potentially wiped out. “Habitat loss is far more pronounced and far more advanced on Sumatra,” said McGowan.But a scientist who works at IUCN critiqued the study by noting that the results could be an artifact of variations in citizen birding efforts from place to place and over the years. He reckons that if similar amounts of across-the-country birding took place in Sumatra, as it did on the Malay Peninsula, more out-of-protected area species sightings would be added there too.McGowan agrees there may still be some unrecorded galliform populations outside reserves, but he stands by the main outcome. “I think we can have confidence that a pattern wherein some species are retreating to protected areas does hold true,” he said.Nurul Wirani, a conservation biologist from the University of Indonesia in Depok, concurs. “This pattern is almost the same, not just for galliforms, but for other birds and animals too,” said Wirani, who was not part of the study.But for protected areas to function at their full conservation potential, they must be connected by adjacent tracts of land where the birds also can live, Boakes stated: “For me, the aim of conservation is not having biodiversity isolated in little protected areas, but areas outside need to managed sustainably in ways that will accommodate biodiversity in the long-term.”King Quail in Singapore . Photo by Nitin Srinivasamurthy.CitationBoakes, E. H., Fuller, R. A., & McGowan, P. J. (2018). The extirpation of species outside protected areas. Conservation Letters, e12608. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12608Priyanka Runwal (@priyanka_runwal) is a graduate student in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Other Mongabay stories produced by UCSC students can be found here.