Environment/Nature

Denver Zoo reports world’s first coronavirus cases in hyenas
Denver Zoo reports world’s first coronavirus cases in hyenas

“Hyenas are famously tough, resilient animals that are known to be highly tolerant to anthrax, rabies and distemper. They are otherwise healthy and expected to make a full recovery,” the zoo said in a statement.

Critically endangered regent honeyeaters released as fight to save species continues.
Critically endangered regent honeyeaters released as fight to save species continues.

Key points: • Nearly 60 captive-bred regent honeyeaters have been released in the Hunter Valley on Wonnarua country • It's part of efforts to save the critically endangered species from extinction, with only around 300 left in the wild • Birdlife Australia says the program works, with birds released in 2017 recently spotted nesting

More Fun Than Fun: Decoding the Babbles of Crickets, Birds and Undergrads
More Fun Than Fun: Decoding the Babbles of Crickets, Birds and Undergrads

*Jungle babblers are among the most common non-migratory noisy birds found in most parts of India, in forests and gardens alike. *Manjari Jain and her students have found that the jungle babbler’s calls are structurally and functionally organised to serve as a coherent system of communication. *There’s value in understanding how a young scientist relatively isolated from the world’s major centres of study came to make such an important finding.