From video

HEART OF HEARTS

— the stingray bot is about the size of a penny and its light-sensitive heart cells prompts its fins to flutter when stimulated with light. parker says the bot’s light-following aspect was inspired by how he used to guide his own daughter down a path using a laser pointer, which she tries to stomp on. watch video : artificial human heart may just be possible thanks to this silicon stingray more : the abandoned biobot

SAVING SUNGAZERS

— they are one of the most beautiful of lizards and their unusual sun-gazing habits have made them a prime target for the illegal global pet trade. a university however, has come up with a novel csi-style technique to help combat the selling of the sungazer. read/watch : sophisticated new plan to keep south africa’s endangered lizard population healthy

AN AWAKENING?

— right now, every single remaining rusty patched bumblebee is nestled below ground waiting for the seasons to change. at this moment the entire species is composed of young females, a fresh generation of queens tasked with repopulating the earth as soon as it gets warm enough read article : trump’s attack on endangered species really stings

FINE DINING

—he put the beads in the seawater with the larvae under a microscope to watch the turbulence they produce around them as they swim. the beads, smaller than red blood cells, follow even small swirls of water and reflect light, so the lines of water flow are visible. what he saw entranced him. watch video: the beauty of a starfish larva at lunch

TRANQUIL TRANSITIONING

— known as a vacancy chain, it’s a term originally used by social scientists to describe a way that people trade resources. you can see it all unfold in this wonderful bbc1 video, consider it a lesson from the crustacean world. read article/watch video : hermit crabs swapping shells is a crazy remarkable thing

HIDDEN DEVILS REVEALED

— devils are known for their powerful jaws and sour disposition. when fighting or eating, they make growling and snarling noises. read article : hidden tasmanian devil colony may save species from extinction

FECUND QUEEN

— camera traps reveals amur leopards, the world’s rarest cat, is growing in numbers. read article : world’s rarest leopards are experiencing a ‘baby boom’ in russia

HAILED BIRTH

— it was the second time the mother ratu — a rhino that wandered out of the rainforest a decade ago — had given birth at the facility. the newborn calf will remain under 24-hour observation in the sanctuary for six or seven years before being ready to mate. read article : sumatran rhino birth hailed more : rare sumatran rhino born in indonesia

RARE INCUBATING

— “they’re packed with a bounty that may be more precious to the vultures than an actual embryo: sensors.” read article : the future of wildlife conservation is an electronic vulture egg

RELATIVELY LARGE & CONSPICUOUS

— “the population crunch is the result of large-scale habitat destruction – burning and clearing of tropical forests – as well as hunting for food and illegal wildlife trade” read article : more than half of the world’s primates on endangered species list

COMMERCIALIZATION OR CONSUMER EDUCATION?

— the airline is collaborating with international organisations to train and better equip its ground and cargo staff to detect and deal with illegal wildlife products in transit. as the required paperwork for movement of some wildlife products is often forged, emirates also made the decision to ban trophy shipments read article : emirates paints its planes with endangered animals