HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Size matters: Preventing large mammal extinction

Saving large mammals such as elephants and rhino from extinction could be made more effective by focusing efforts on individual species as well as their habitats.

Scientists at the Zoological Society of London's Institute of Zoology (IoZ) and Imperial College London have identified fundamental new approaches to improve the success of large mammal conservation. Published today in the journal Science, the largest study of its kind analyses key factors linked to the extinction of mammals.

"Conservation biologists have always known that large bodied mammals are at greater risk of extinction," comments Professor Georgina Mace of the IoZ, "Now we understand the mechanisms, we are able to tailor conservation programmes dependant on size, to ensure they're more effective."

The study showed that extinction risk in smaller mammals, below approximately 3kg (about the weight of a small domestic cat), is determined primarily by the size and locations of their distributions, and the human impact to which they are exposed. Larger mammals have the additional pressure of biological disadvantages such as long gestation period and late weaning age to contend with, significantly increasing their susceptibility to extinction.

"In a world dominated by people, being big is substantially more of a disadvantage than we realised, which implies that the conservation of large mammals should assume a particular urgency," said Dr Marcel Cardillo of Imperial College London.

"From a conservation policy angle, the message would be: small may be conservable but it is a little trickier for the larger mammals," commented Dr Andy Purvis of Imperial College London.

The research findings suggest smaller species, of around less than 3kg, would benefit from conservation of their habitat area, whereas, larger bodied animals require a different approach, focusing upon the specific species, their biology and their habitat.

"This understanding enables
'"/>

Contact: Clare Kingston
clare.kingston@zsl.org
44-20-7449-6361
Imperial College London
21-Jul-2005


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Space matters: Estimating species diversity in the fossil record
2. Size matters: fish genitalia attractiveness vs. predatory escape value
3. Preventing and treating lung cancer -- ESMO explores collaboration to fight cancer on all fronts
4. Preventing cancer without killing cells
5. Preventing obesity in children -- research highlights physical activity levels
6. Preventing graft-versus-host disease disease after bone marrow transplant -- without toxicity
7. Preventing ventilation induced lung injury depends on giving the right number of sighs
8. Preventing bacterial biofilms could help fight TB
9. Preventing fetal exposure to popular acne drug
10. Preventing a pandemic: Study suggests strategies for containing a flu outbreak
11. Preventing muscle atrophy

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Size matters Preventing large mammal extinction

(Date:4/17/2014)... stem cell therapies to cure a variety of diseases ... based on cell surface markers. Researchers from the Finnish ... highly expressed in a type of stem cells derived ... an article in BioResearch Open Access , a ... article is available free on the BioResearch ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... developed at Sandia National Laboratories and recently licensed to ... cheaper. , Bacillus anthracis , the bacteria ... over the world and can cause serious, and often ... can survive in harsh conditions for decades. In humans, ... skin contact, inhalation of spores or eating contaminated meat. ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... produce hydrogen sulfide in order to properly multiply and ... the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology at the Herman ... Shi, principal investigator on the project, said the presence ... flow of calcium ions. The essential ions activate a ... the creation of new bone tissue, and keeps the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture 2Pocket-sized anthrax detector aids global agriculture 3
(Date:1/15/2014)... , January 15, 2014 A study has ... on the Formula 1 track could help to tackle the ... Technologies (MAT), Stowhealth (a GP surgery based in Stowmarket) and ... provider Simplyhealth. Telemetry technology, which is inspired by ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 15, 2014 Two champions of science, ... sponsorship of an annual competition for middle and high ... to, innovative STEM study. The competition presents students with ... of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Sciences is a ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... DTS Language Services, Inc . is pleased to ... Science organizations who need document translations. Clients will now ... documents in advance with a selection of nearly 50 life ... a critical factor in clinical and scientific fields, and decrease ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 ... throughput research solutions, today announced that Lupin Limited, one ... of Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System for ... in Mumbai, India, is focused on a wide range ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 2Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 3Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 4Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 2Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 3Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 4Technology Student Association Partners with Leaders in STEM Education Advocacy for Annual Competition 5DTS Improves Efficiency for Life Science Document Translations 2Lupin Selects Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System to Accelerate Polymorph Screening for Drug Development 2Lupin Selects Freeslate’s CM Protégé PharmD System to Accelerate Polymorph Screening for Drug Development 3
Cached News: