A new study reports that bushbabies (Galago moholi) in urban environments have higher body-mass indexes (BMI) and stress hormone levels than their rural counterparts. The authors also observed higher use of human food and less movement in the urban primates. Their results show how urbanization can impact the health of wild animals.
How Evolution Informs Conservation
Given that WildlifeSNPits is a blog at the intersection of evolution and conservation, you know we’re reading this review (open) of how understanding the evolutionary and natural history of species informs their conservation management. The authors use three case studies of different plant species to illustrate how both time and spatial scales of disturbance interact with life history and local adaptation resulting in needs for conservation action.