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How cheetahs stay fit and healthy

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
Cheetahs are categorised as vulnerable species, partly because they have been considered to be prone to diseases due to their supposed weak immune system. However, they are hardly ever sick in the wild.

Puffins that stay close to their partner during migration have more chicks

University of Oxford
Many long-lived birds, such as swans, albatrosses or indeed, puffins, are known for their long-lived monogamous, 'soulmate' pairings. Now a study has found that puffin pairs that follow similar migration routes breed more successfully the following season. However, female winter foraging is also critical to puffin pair breeding success.

'Dr. Duck' and the missing ducklings

Now that the first ducklings of the season have hatched, NIOO's own 'Dr Duck' - researcher Erik Kleyheeg - is appealing to citizen scientists in the Netherlands to help him solve a mystery.

Nature4Life: 'knowledge agenda' for biodiversity research

Research into biodiversity is crucial if we are tackling the main challenges our society faces: water, food, economy, climate and health. That's why knowledge institutes in the Netherlands - including NIOO - have drafted a new, national 'knowledge agenda': Nature4Life.

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Why conservation scientists are listening to nature

The Conversation
The world is noisy. In cities, we find ourselves constantly surrounded by the moan of motors, the screech of sirens, and the prattle of people. So much so, that we often crave the peace and quiet of the countryside. But silence is hard to find, even in nature.

Capture the green explosion in your surroundings with the GrowApp; now also available on iOS

De Natuurkalender, GLOBE, Wageningen University
Due to the extreme high temperatures, spring is quickly arriving in the Netherlands. Next week, several characteristic trees such as oak, horse-chestnut, lime, alder, apple and birch will start unfolding their leaves. The recently launched GrowApp is now also available on iOS, enabling you to capture the green explosion with your iPhone and iPad.

7 new frogs discovered in India, some smaller than a thumbnail

Indian scientists have discovered seven new species of frogs in the Western Ghats, a biodiversity-rich mountain range in India. Despite being commonly encountered, all seven species might be threatened by habitat loss.


Vaccination stops tumor growth in rhinoceros

Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
Female rhinoceros often suffer from vaginal or uterus tumors, which complicate the production of offspring. For the first time, scientists from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin and the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna succeeded in stopping the growth and regeneration of innocuous tumors via vaccination.

GrowApp: make an animation of climate change in your backyard

De Natuurkalender, GLOBE, Wageningen University
The newly launched GrowApp allows people to make animations of trees, gardens and landscapes by taking pictures with their smartphone. The app directly transforms these pictures in a time lapse movie that shows changes over the seasons and even over the years. While having fun making an animation of their backyard, users help scientists better understand climate change impact on the environment.

Common cuckoos can distinguish the calls of their neighbors from a stranger's

The City University of New York
Male cuckoos appear to have a unique call that makes them distinguishable to and from other males. A new study appearing in Animal Behaviour shows that an individual cuckoo call may determine how a male responds to an interloper in his territory, behaving more tolerantly towards neighbors and more aggressively towards strangers.


Where Africa's wildlife stands after 2016

African Wildlife Foundation


Volunteers will count endangered species in Sint Eustatius

Stichting ANEMOON


Why nature restoration takes time: fungi grow 'relationships'



Can't see it coming: why sailfish hunt more successfully as a group

IGB Berlin