Biodiversity

Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

"US Formally Removes Colorado River Fish’s Endangered Status"

"The humpback chub, a rare fish found only in the Colorado River basin, has been brought back from the brink of extinction after decades of protection, though work must continue to ensure its survival, federal authorities said Monday in reclassifying the species from endangered to threatened status."

Source: AP, 10/19/2021

Florida Mulls The Unthinkable: Feeding Starving Manatees In The Wild

"As Florida's record manatee die-off nears 1,000 victims so far this year, the state's top wildlife official asked lawmakers for $7 million more in 2022 to save starving sea cows and suggested that his agency temporarily do what would today get you a $500 fine and/or up to 60 days in prison: tossing them a few scraps of leafy blades."

Source: Florida Today, 10/18/2021

Biosurveillance of Wildlife Markets Needed To Curb Pandemic Risk: Experts

"Almost 90% of the 180 recognized RNA viruses that can harm humans are zoonotic in origin. But disease biosurveillance of the world’s wildlife markets and legal trade is largely absent, putting humanity at significant risk."

Source: Mongabay, 10/15/2021

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