What we’re reading- Dec 6, 2013

Conscientious consumption: Palm oil
Replacement of forests with palm oil plantations removes habitat for many wildlife species. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo developed an iPhone application to help consumers choose products without palm oil. They also maintain a blog about palm oil production and wildlife.

Red tide killing manatees
Red tide has not only killed hundreds of manatees this year, but also weakened their immune system for those that survived.

Manatee genome
Blog post discussing some of the evolutionary interesting questions related to manatees.

Elephant census
Microsoft founding member will fund effort to identify and count remaining elephant populations across the African continent.

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