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Conservation: Bridge of hope for world’s rarest primate

Conservation: Bridge of hope for world’s rarest primate

Science
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Virus lockdown for world’s smallest and rarest wild pigs

Virus lockdown for world’s smallest and rarest wild pigs

Technology
The world's smallest and rarest pig is under a lockdown, but not because of the coronavirusBy ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL AP Science WriterAugust 6, 2020, 8:04 AM4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW DELHI -- Pygmy hogs — the world’s smallest and rarest wild pig — are under a virus lockdown. Not because of the coronavirus, but because of the first outbreak of African swine fever in India. There is neither a vaccine nor cure for the highly contagious viral disease that has already killed over 16,000 domestic pigs, said Pradip Gogoi, an official at Assam state’s animal husbandry wing. The shy, 10-inch tall pygmy hogs suffered severe habitat loss and were thought to be extinct in the 1960s. Then in recent decades, a captive breeding program and other conservation efforts have...
Madagascar pochard: World's rarest bird gets new home

Madagascar pochard: World's rarest bird gets new home

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The rarest bird in the world - a species of duck called the Madagascar pochard - has been given a new home in time for the new year. An international team of researchers released 21 of the birds at a lake in the north of Madagascar. It is a step towards the recovery of a species that just over a decade ago was thought to be extinct.Rescuing the species could also be a first step in protecting Madagascar's threatened wetlands. Why is this species under such threat? When it wasn't seen for 15 years, the Madagascar pochard was believed to have been wiped out completely. Then a tiny group of the birds was rediscovered in 2006 at one remote lake.These were the last 25 Madagascar pochards on the planet. ...