Canines, Carnivores, & Conservation

 

CANINES. They are humankind’s oldest friends. They enrich our lives in so many ways. Understanding them provides insight into how to care for their emotional and physical health as well as linking us profoundly to their ancestry — the wolf. Join our team in a study of Canines, their history, behaviors, and even tips to give them the best life possible. That’s simply what a best friend does.

CARNIVORES. Carnivores are often mythified in a variety of ways, mostly as dangerous creatures of lore and legend. Wolves, bears, large cats, and other carnivores play essential roles in the self-management of healthy ecosystems and wildernesses. Join our team as we delve into what makes these animals unique and a great partner to humankind as we work to manage our wild places.

CONSERVATION. Learning about carnivores can be fascinating, however, without the stewardship by humans, the landscape could be profoundly and dangerously altered. Join our team as we discuss the very recent brief history of conservation of apex predators, the factors that led to threats to their survival, and steps taken to protect their future.

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Red Foxes Are Very Resourceful

Red Foxes Are Very Resourceful

Red foxes have a reputation for being resourceful. It’s what has allowed them to thrive in all sorts of environments, even when humans have taken over. They are canids, mammals, and omnivores.1 They weigh anywhere between 6 and 15 pounds and are 22-32 inches long, not...

New Technology Helps Reduce Bycatch

New Technology Helps Reduce Bycatch

We’ve spoken before about aquatic species that are often affected by fishing activities because they’re caught up in nets when they’re not the species fishermen want to catch. Many animals, like turtles or sharks, get tangled up in nets and are injured or killed. This...

Orangutans Are Critically Endangered

Orangutans Are Critically Endangered

Orangutans are a species of great ape that has red fur and while they used to be found throughout southeast Asia, they’re now only found in Sumatra and Borneo – in fragmented populations.1&2 We actually share over 96% of our genes with them!1 There are three...

Misunderstood Mesos: Tayra

Misunderstood Mesos: Tayra

The Mustelidae, or weasel, Family is responsible for most of the North American mesocarnivores, however, some representatives of this diverse group also inhabit the same ecological niche further South.  One of the weasel-like species occupying the forests and savannas...

Giant Sea Bass Can Weigh 700 Pounds

Giant Sea Bass Can Weigh 700 Pounds

Giant Sea Bass are a critically endangered species that play an important role in their ecosystem. They are apex predators, and so they have influence over the rest of the food chain and provide balance.1 These fish are found off the coast of California in areas that...

Why Are Rainforests Important?

Why Are Rainforests Important?

You’ve probably learned before that our rainforests need to be protected…but have you thought about why they’re so important? Rainforests only make up about 6% of the earth’s land.1 However, they play an integral role in keeping our planet healthy and providing us...

What Do Canids and Felids Have In Common?

What Do Canids and Felids Have In Common?

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Many people land on a definitive side, preferring one over the other. Dogs and cats are very different animals when it comes to the roles they play in our lives and how we need to take care of them. But what about their bigger,...

Staghorn Coral is Carnivorous

Staghorn Coral is Carnivorous

Coral reefs are extremely important to ocean ecosystems. Currently, there are many threats to coral reefs that can have consequences for the rest of the environment. One species of coral that’s vulnerable is Staghorn Coral. Staghorn Coral can be found in shallow...

How Do Mammals Regulate Their Body Temperature?

How Do Mammals Regulate Their Body Temperature?

Mammals are endothermic, which means they have the ability to regulate their body temperature from the inside. This is unlike ectothermic animals, such as reptiles, who have to go out into the sun to warm themselves up.1 Thermoregulation allows mammals to live in...

Dispersal Keeps Wolves Healthy

Dispersal Keeps Wolves Healthy

Genetic diversity keeps animal populations healthy. When animals are isolated and can’t reach other populations, they often interbreed, and it leads to weaker genes being passed on and so offspring have a lower chance of survival. Dispersal is something that some...

Misunderstood Mesos: Crab-Eating Fox

Misunderstood Mesos: Crab-Eating Fox

Just as in North America, the mesocarnivores of South America face threats borne from misunderstanding.  The crab-eating fox, also known as the wood fox or maikong, is one of those species that are wrongfully persecuted by livestock producers while also losing habitat...

THE SECRET IMPACT OF WOLVES THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
By The Wolf Education and Research Center

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AS YOU START YOUR BIOLOGY CAREER
By Biologist Jeremy Heft of the Wolf Education and Research Center

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