Eco Sapien - The Big Release - This Friday!

Well it’s all go today in the office! I’m frantically getting prepared for the release of a big project, I and a colleague have been working on for the past few months.

So what is this big project I hear you ask? Well it’s called Eco Sapien, and it’s a new YouTube channel with the mission, to show people why biodiversity and the natural world is so important. 

I and Phil Taylor will be your presenters, and we will be producing regular videos, exploring a huge multitude of subjects within conservation biology and ecology.

A big task you are probably thinking, and it sure will be! And that is why we need everyone’s support. So this Friday at 5.00pm GMT we will be releasing our first 4 videos. 

So why not be our first subscribers? Below are the links to our YouTube channel, Tumblr blog, Facebook and Twitter. We are really hoping this will be a success, and that we can spread the word about the importance of biodiversity.

See you Friday!

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https://www.youtube.com/EcoSapien

http://ecosapienshow.tumblr.com

https://www.facebook.com/EcoSapienShow

https://twitter.com/@eco_sapien

http://instagram.com/ecosapien

Pet trade threatens unusual lizard

A strange monitor lizard from Borneo has become popular in the wildlife trade, which could threaten its existence, a conservation organization is warning in a new report. The rare earless monitor lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis) has remained obscure since the last research was conducted on it in the 1960s. It lives underground and has adaptations such as a lack of external openings for its ears and small eyes and limbs. The animals are officially protected in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, and Malaysia,the countries that make up Borneo. But in the last 2 years, private collectors have begun selling specimens from the wild. TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network that is a partnership of conservation organizations,found the animals being offered for sale online in Europe. The organization says many of the lizards are being collected from the wild and smuggled out of Borneo and that the trade should be made illegal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. All other species of monitor lizard are protected by the convention.

Source - news.sciencemag.org

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New episode! - An introduction to: Insect Orders 

We’ve all seen insects, right? Scuttling along the forest floor, buzzing between flowers, or simply basking in the sun. But what are the different types and how are they classified? Phil gets to grips with taxonomy and illustrates some common critters you might see on your travels.

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The BBC have produced an interesting article about the purpose of Zoos. Very in-keeping with one of our previous episodes.

Two unclassifiable species found off Australian coast

Mushroom-shaped organisms found on south-east continental slope cannot be placed in any existing phylum

Four views of Dendrogramma enigmatica, an unclassifiable species found off the Australian coast. Photograph: PLOS ONE

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New Episode!

Step outside into the big wide world, and you’ll notice all around you, a multitude of different species. Start counting and you’ll soon realise there are loads!

So how many species are their around the world? Well this is a question biologists have been trying to answer for very long time. Find out what we know now and why the answer is so important.

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Why do we need the modern zoo?

The zoo has come a long way, transforming from a place of public entertainment, to the modern zoo, which many see as a centre for conservation. So why do we even need modern zoos? In this episode, David explores this very question.

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If you like this episode, or any other, why not hit that subscribe button? We need all the support we can get, to help continue produce the huge array of videos we hope to make.

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And check out our Tumblr blog for competitions and conservation and wildlife news, and our Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

http://ecosapienshow.tumblr.com

https://www.facebook.com/EcoSapienShow

https://twitter.com/@eco_sapien

http://instagram.com/ecosapien

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Why are bees so important? 

Bees are important, right? That seems to be the general consensus. But is it true? And should you still care even if you don’t eat honey. Phil argues that the answer is ‘yes’ and presents his top five reasons that explain just why bees are so important.

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If you like this episode, or any other, why not hit that subscribe button? We need all the support we can get, to help continue produce the huge array of videos we hope to make.

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And check out our Tumblr blog for competitions and conservation and wildlife news, and our Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

http://ecosapienshow.tumblr.com

https://www.facebook.com/EcoSapienShow

https://twitter.com/@eco_sapien

http://instagram.com/ecosapien

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New episode! 

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How many species are their around the world? Find out what we think and why the answer is so important.

Invading ant threatens unique African ecosystem

Call it Game of Thorns. A prickly tree that grows in the clay-rich soils of East Africa recruits stinging ants to defend itself from gnawing giraffes and marauding bull elephants. In return, the trees provide nectar and shelter—swollen thorns—for the insects. The rewards are so attractive that, in a drama reminiscent of a medieval fantasy TV show, four native ant species battle each other to inhabit the trees. But according to a new study, this warring kingdom is under siege by an even more violent outsider. The consequences could affect elephants, other large wildlife, and perhaps the future of iconic reserves such as Serengeti National Park.

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Turkey: A biodiversity hotspot 

When you think of Turkey, images of sunny beaches and package holidays come to mind. But the thing is, Turkey is a lot more than this, and its greatest treasure is often overlooked. Follow David as he explores why Turkey is a biodiversity hotspot.

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If you like this episode, or any other, why not hit that subscribe button? We need all the support we can get, to help continue produce the huge array of videos we hope to make.

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And check out our Tumblr blog for competitions and conservation and wildlife news, and our Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

http://ecosapienshow.tumblr.com

https://www.facebook.com/EcoSapienShow

https://twitter.com/@eco_sapien

http://instagram.com/ecosapien

 

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Turkey: A biodiversity hotspot 

When you think of Turkey, images of sunny beaches and package holidays come to mind. But the thing is, Turkey is a lot more than this, and its greatest treasure is often overlooked. Follow David as he explores why Turkey is a biodiversity hotspot.

Watch on theconservationbiologist.tumblr.com

Nature provides us with basic necessities to ensure our survival e.g. air, food, water, and BBC wildlife documentaries. But is nature good for our health and wellbeing?

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Nature provides us with basic necessities to ensure our survival e.g. air, food, water, and BBC wildlife documentaries. But is nature good for our health and wellbeing? Phil heads to his local nature reserve, St Nicks, to find some answers.

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