Heat-sensing drone cameras spy threats to sea turtle nests

Sea turtles lumber from ocean to shore to lay their eggs in the sand. In some places, this effort is protected by humans who patrol beaches on foot, warding off poachers, predators and naïve tourists. But might there be a more effective way? Researchers used thermal infrared sensors mounted on drones to monitor sea turtle […]

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Can a country have too many tigers? Nepal is about to find out

KATHMANDU — As the world prepares to mark International Tiger Day on July 29, officials in Nepal are putting the finishing touches on a report that’s expected to show a much-anticipated doubling in the population of the big cats in the Himalayan country since 2010. Nepal is one of 13 tiger range countries, and the […]

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Monkeys, porcupines team up to destroy crops, Nepal’s farmers say

A monkey on a tree in NepaKATHMANDU — Ram Prasad Paudel of Maramche village in Nepal’s Gandaki province decided not to grow maize on his farm this spring. He opted for green vegetables, instead. “But I am not sure if the vegetables will survive,” says the 70-something Paudel. Maramche sits in the Cherapunji region, one of the wettest places on Earth. […]

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Behind viral story of bear visiting Nepal hospital lies bigger ailment

KATHMANDU — A bear walks into a hospital unnoticed at around midnight. It licks bloodstains on the floor. At first, the staffers think it’s a big dog, then realize it’s something else. The hospital is abuzz as people start running outside, yelling, “It’s a bear!” They call the police, who arrive at the scene and […]

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