Geographical Location: Asia

May 9, 2022

Facemasks present concern for sea turtles

One toll of the COVID-19 pandemic for wildlife is the spread of facemasks in natural areas. In a routine fecal analysis of a dead green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) found...

May 2, 2022

Can Japan’s red-crowned cranes make it on their own?

Red-crowned cranes are revered in Japan. They appear on currency. They serve as the logo for Japan Airlines. Their mating displays draw birdwatchers and photographers. And they hold symbolic importance....

April 28, 2022

TWS2021: Reintroduced horses cope well with Mongolian weather

The Przewalski’s horse may be the last truly wild horse in the world. These endangered horses roam the wild steppes of Mongolia, but were once also found in neighboring countries,...

March 31, 2022

JWM: Livestock may drive down Pallas’s cat numbers in Mongolia

Pallas’s cats are about the size of house cats, only furrier and with rounder bodies. Their eyes have rounded pupils, while all other cats are known for their characteristic vertical...

October 12, 2021

WSB: Adapting barriers keeps out wily elephants in India

Figuring out what kind of barrier will keep elephants from raiding farms in India is difficult—unless you can out-think one of the animal world’s top thinkers. While revered by some...

September 16, 2021

Komodo dragons creep toward extinction

Komodo dragons, the world’s largest reptiles, are heading toward extinction, warns the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which has reclassified the species from “vulnerable” to “endangered” on its Red...

December 21, 2020

TWS2020: Palm oil drives elephants onto Bornean farmland

Elephants in Malaysian Borneo fenced out of large swaths of habitat around palm oil plantations are being pushed onto local farmers’ properties. Researchers are looking at ways to reduce the...

December 7, 2020

Humans have impacted lion genetics over the years

Over the past century, a growing human population has caused movement barriers for lion populations, reducing their genetic diversity. “The African landscape has changed drastically over the past century with...

November 2, 2020

Wild Cam: Snow leopard spotted at lowest known elevation in southern distribution

Efforts to track carnivores in the Indian Himalayas reveal poaching hotspots, mesopredator behavior, and the first known photograph of a snow leopard in a relatively low-elevation national park. “Getting a...

October 12, 2020

TWS2020: Better understanding locals could decrease poaching in India

A large degree of poaching in central India may come down to a lack of connection between policy makers and the people most affected by wildlife hunting regulations in rural...