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Pastoralism is a goldmine if tapped book says

Pastoralism is a goldmine if tapped book says

Kenya’s Minister of State for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands launched a book on February 13 exploring the challenges and lucrative opportunities existing in pastoralism. The book ‘Pastoralism and Development in Africa: Dynamic Change at the Margins’ seeks to demystify commonplace myths that the practice is not sustainable or profitable.

New species of fish discovered in Sweden

New species of fish discovered in Sweden

A new type of fish known as Reticulated dragonet have been found in Väderöarna – “Weather Islands” – off the west coast of Sweden. It is not often that a new species of fish is discovered in Sweden.

Animal Study: Insights into elephant behavior and conservation issues

Animal Study: Insights into elephant behavior and conservation issues

Last year, Kenya lost 278 elephants to poachers, as compared to 177 in 2010. On the continent of Africa as whole, elephants have declined from an estimated 700,000 in 1990 to 360,000 today due to the demands of the ivory trade.

A new beautifully colored lizard discovered in Peru

A new beautifully colored lizard discovered in Peru

Researchers from Peru have discovered a new colorful lizard which they named Potamites montanicola, or “mountain dweller”.

InformAfrica: Tiny chameleons discovered in Madagascar

InformAfrica: Tiny chameleons discovered in Madagascar

Four new species of miniaturized lizards have been identified in Madagascar off the southeastern coast of Africa. These lizards, just tens of millimeters from head to tail and in some cases small enough to stand on the head of a match, rank among the smallest reptiles in the world.

Scientists Discovers New Species of Ancient Crocodile

Scientists Discovers New Species of Ancient Crocodile

Researcher have identified a new species of prehistoric crocodile. The extinct creature, nicknamed “Shieldcroc” due to a thick-skinned shield on its head, is an ancestor of today’s crocodiles. It is the earliest ancestor of modern crocodiles to be found in Africa.

The African Honey Badger, world’s most fearless animal

The African Honey Badger, world’s most fearless animal

The Honey badger, also known as ratel, is a tenacious small carnivorous animal that has a reputation for being “Africa’s most fearless animal despite its small size”. It is even listed as the “most fearless animal in the world” in the 2004 Guinness Book of Records.

Science News: World’s first chimeric monkeys are born

Science News: World’s first chimeric monkeys are born

Researchers have produced the world’s first chimeric monkeys. The bodies of these monkeys, which are normal and healthy, are composed of a mixture of cells representing as many as six distinct genomes. The advance holds great potential for future research as chimeric animals had been largely restricted to mice, the researchers say.

Animal Study: In Uganda, wild chimpanzees produce alarm calls to predators

Animal Study: In Uganda, wild chimpanzees produce alarm calls to predators

In a new animal study with wild chimpanzees in Uganda, researchers found that chimpanzees were more likely to alarm call to a snake in the presence of unaware than in the presence of aware group members, suggesting that they recognize knowledge and ignorance in others.

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