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Debate: Richard Branson’s plan to introduce lemurs

Debate: Richard Branson’s plan to introduce lemurs

Written by Alasdair Davies

17. April 2011

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Of intense debate at the moment is Sir Richard Branson's plans to introduce lemurs (native to Madagascar) to a Caribbean island.

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World governments fail to deliver on 2010 biodiversity target

World governments fail to deliver on 2010 biodiversity target

Written by Alasdair Davies

13. May 2010

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World leaders have failed to deliver commitments made in 2002 to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, and have instead overseen alarming biodiversity declines. These findings are the result of a new paper published in the leading journal Science and represent the first assessment of how the targets made through the 2002 […]

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Madagascar’s lemurs in danger from political turmoil and ‘timber mafia’

Madagascar’s lemurs in danger from political turmoil and ‘timber mafia’

Written by Alasdair Davies

17. November 2009

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David Smith, reporting for the Guardian newspaper has stated that Madagascar’s endangered lemurs are at risk from continued deforestation and political turmoil. Madagascar. Dr Hantanirina Rasamimanana, a researcher and teacher at Antananarivo University, said: “Deforestation is always a problem, but in these past five months bushmeat is also very dangerous. People are desperate because of […]

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10 Questions for Jane Goodall

10 Questions for Jane Goodall

Written by Alasdair Davies

13. September 2009

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TIME Magazine asked Jane Goodall 10 questions. Her answers to them can be read here. What characteristics make chimpanzees seem most like human beings? Chip Clark, ST. JOHN’S, NFLD. How can you be so empathetic with chimps? Kantesh Guttal, PUNE, INDIA How do you work with so many animals and not get overly attached to […]

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Should great apes have rights?

Should great apes have rights?

Written by Alasdair Davies

30. July 2009

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Should great apes have rights?   This was one of the questions addressed last Sunday (26th July) on BBC1’s The Big Questions, which the BBC describe as their ‘flagship ethical and religious debate programme’. Quoted from WildlifeDirect’s Gorilla Protection blog: I was invited (Ian Redmond) to take part not because of my role as Ambassador for […]

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