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In the last six weeks, five Ugandan gorillas have been born at Bwindi Park. This species of mountain gorilla is endangered with just above 1,000 currently alive. Only three gorillas were born here last year, making this increase unprecedented. The reason for this sudden boom is still unknown, with all babies being born to different families.


The Natural History Museum is investigating the potential discovery of dinosaur footprints in  South Wales. Bones and other evidence of prehistoric life have previously been found at the site in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan. If proven, this would be the third set of dinosaur prints in Wales and a boost to the area’s archaeological heritage.


A robotic camera is being used for the first time in British seas to investigate the behaviour of basking sharks in their breeding grounds off the west coast of Scotland. The basking sharks gather here after migrating from the waters around West Africa. The video footage suggests that sharks gather here for breeding rather than feeding.


The UK has signed its fourth deal for a coronavirus vaccine with GSK and Sanofi, securing up to 60 million doses of an experimental treatment being developed by the pharmaceutical giants. If trials are successful, Sanofi believes regulatory approval for the vaccine could be achieved by the first half of 2021.


The Somali sengi has been sighted for the first time since the 1970s and for the first time in Djibouti. Previously, the species was only known in science from 39 individuals of the species, collected many decades ago and preserved in museums. 


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22/09/2020

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