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I think we should let elephants loose in Australia - environment - 01 February 2012. Ecologist David Bowman of the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia, argues that large herbivores including elephants should be introduced to Australia to bring balance to a country ravaged by uncontrolled wildfires and non-native animals that have gone feral.

I think we should let elephants loose in Australia - environment - 01 February 2012

Fellow ecologists including George Wilson of Australian National University in Canberra and Peter O'Brien of the University of Canberra say Bowman's proposal is preposterous, given the disastrous consequences of past animal introductions in Australia. Others, however, including Josh Donlan of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Tomás Carlo-Joglar of Pennsylvania State University in University Park say Bowman may be on to something. 'Extinct' monkey rediscovered in Indonesia jungle. Scientists working in the jungles of Indonesia have rediscovered a large grey monkey so rare that many had believed it was extinct.

'Extinct' monkey rediscovered in Indonesia jungle

The scientists were baffled to find the Miller's grizzled langur in an area well outside its previously recorded home range. A team of experts set up camera traps in the Wehea forest, on the eastern tip of Borneo island, in June, hoping to capture images of clouded leopards, orangutans and other wildlife known to congregate at several mineral salt licks. The pictures that came back caught them by surprise – groups of monkeys none had ever seen. With virtually no photographs of the species in existence, the scientists faced a challenge to confirm their suspicions, Brent Loken, a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in Canada and one of the lead researchers, said.

The only images available were museum sketches.

Invertebrates

Vertebrates. Ethics. 1,500 animal species practice homosexuality. From the middle of October until next summer the Norwegian Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo will host the first exhibition that focuses on homosexuality in the animal kingdom.

1,500 animal species practice homosexuality

"One fundamental premise in social debates has been that homosexuality is unnatural. This premise is wrong. Homosexuality is both common and highly essential in the lives of a number of species," explains Petter Boeckman, who is the academic advisor for the "Against Nature's Order? " exhibition.