The number of rhinos killed by poachers has hit a new annual record in South Africa, raising worries of a downward population spiral in a country that is home to almost all of Africa's rhinos.
Genetic modification of animals so that they can deal with changing climate and habitats may be the only way to save some of the most endangered species from becoming extinct, according to biologists who want to start a debate on how to stem species loss.
The rare Jamaican iguana is fighting for survival as the illegal charcoal burning industry in Jamaica destroys its last remaining habitat. The lizard almost went extinct in the 1940s - can it survive this new threat?
OKINAWA, Japan, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Japanese officials said they've found evidence dugongs, an endangered marine species has been feeding at a reclamation site in Okinawa.
Organizations within the international conservation community are joining forces to minimize impending extinctions in Southeast Asia, where habitat loss, trade and hunting have contributed to a dramatic decline in wildlife.
Bonn, 26 August 2013- The recovery of the critically-endangered saiga antelope – among the world’s oldest mammal species – faces serious challenges from new railways, roads and fences currently being constructed across Central Asia.
You may not have heard of the Gulbaru Gecko but you’d love it if you met it. Ancient and spectacular, this endangered gecko has one of the smallest distributions of any Australian animal.
The Endangered Species Act exists to protect biodiversity. It can only work when species listed as endangered are actually afforded the protections guaranteed to them in the Act. Unfortunately these days, even earning classification as an endangered species doesn’t always mean safety from harm.
Thousands of frog species worldwide are losing habitat due to deforestation and an amphibian disease caused by a type of fungus called “chytrid fungus.” The fungus grows on the frogs’ skin and causes sloughing skin and extreme lethargy. The changes to the frogs’ skin can be deadly, because frogs ...
7 September is looming as a day of reckoning for dozens of MPs fighting for their political lives. But while political defeat can be unpleasant, it does not compare with the tragic finality of the extinction of a whole species.
Phnom Penh – Jubilant conservationists expressed hope on Tuesday for the survival of the critically-endangered Giant Ibis after a nest of the bird species was discovered in a previously unknown habitat in northeastern Cambodia.
Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are the largest, oldest and most widely distributed of the world’s marine turtles.
Two decades ago just 50 black snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti) lived in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China.
It's difficult to directly link viral videos to increased pet trade, but the illegal business appears to be getting worse and videos and photos on the web confirm it.
BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The number of China's snub-nosed monkeys, among the world's most endangered primates, increased from 2,000 to more than 3,000 since the 1990s, officials said.
The phrase sounds odd, but she was a great Canadian snow leopard — a ghostly feline of Himalayan heritage born amid some hoopla at the Calgary Zoo in 1993 before spending a few years prowling her enclosure at the Valley Zoo in Edmonton.
New research suggests that viral videos can have a devastating effect on the populations of endangered species and that a mechanism is urgently needed to report images of them online.
The federal environment minister, Mark Butler, has given the go-ahead to a controversial mine that the courts halted amid concerns it could drastically affect the last stronghold of the Tasmanian devil.
KWAZULU-NATAL MIDLANDS, South Africa, Aug 5 2013 (IPS) - On a winter’s afternoon in late July, potato farmer John Campbell and the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Tanya Smith surveyed the Umgeni Vlei Nature Reserve from a hilltop on Ivanhoe Farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
You know the old question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a noise? I’m not quite sure why that question came to mind when news came out of the extinction of Dipterocarpus coriaceus, or keruing paya, in West Malaysia.
Nearly two hundred tigers roam the lowland forests of Nepal, according to a new survey.
Researchers have discovered a new — and critically endangered — species of lemur on the island of Madagascar. The primate is formally described in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
Every spring, Nicole Hamilton waits for the arrival of the monarch butterflies, those delicate, orange-and-black-winged creatures best known for their stunning annual migration, a journey of thousands of miles from Mexico to the United States. And every year, she sees fewer of them
Thiruvananthapuram: The forest department is planning to burn its mammoth stockpile of ivory tusks, estimated at over three tonnes and valued at nearly Rs 50 crore in the black market.
Orangutans might be the king of the swingers, but primatologists in Borneo have found that the great apes spend a surprising amount of time walking on the ground. The research, published in the American Journal of Primatology found that it is common for orangutans to come down from the trees to ...
On International Tiger Day zoo breeding programs for tigers are in the spotlight again. One conservation charity argues they’re doomed to fail and that saving the animals’ natural habitat is the only way forward.
As we celebrate Global Tiger Day today, the endlessly fascinating Panthera tigris is nearing extinction as a result of poaching, shrinking habitats and the depletion of prey.
Habitat destruction, trade in animal parts and climate change are all to blame for the decline in species worldwide. DW examines what is being done to protect threatened species.
Suci, a nine-year-old Sumatran Rhino and a direct descendant of the woolly rhinos from the ice age, is part of an attempt to save her highly endangered species.
Growing demand for cashmere in Western markets is threatening several types of endangered creatures, including the snow leopard native to the mountain ranges of Central Asia, claims new research appearing in the August issue of the journal Conservation Biology.
VietNamNet Bridge – The illegal trading of rare animals online has become more popular in Vietnam and is now out of control.
A new survey shows that the eagle population in the James River region has topped 200 pairs for the first time since good written accounts began in the 1930s.
High up in the sub-alpine bogs of the Snowy Mountains lives one of Australia’s most iconic and rarest creatures, the Southern Corroboree Frog (Pseudophryne corroboree). This small, vividly-coloured species is restricted to Kosciuszko National Park, in the south-east of New South Wales. Found onl ...
Did you know that it is often legal to buy and sell endangered species of plants through the mail? It’s true. Take, for example, the rare Hawaiian palm tree Pritchardia remota, one of several species collectively known as lou’lu. The tree, like many in its genus, is listed as endangered under th ...
Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts received yet another blow when an alpha female, known as F1108, was shot and killed. She was mothering pups, who are also sadly presumed dead, reports the LA Times.
Demand for scales, meat, and even fetuses of pangolins have pushed all eight species of this unique mammalian order—Pholidota—toward extinction, according to the world's first ever pangolin conference with the International Union for Conservation of Nature - Species Survival Commission (IUCN-SSC ...
The world’s most endangered feline species may become extinct in the wild within 50 years, researchers say, a victim of climate change.
A Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) research team has completed a five year study that gives new hope to some of the world’s most endangered primates. The study, published in Oryx, establishes a road-map to protect all 27 species in Tanzania – the most primate-diverse country in mainland Africa.
SAN DIEGO, July 16 (UPI) -- California condors, an endangered species, have a complex system of interactions based on dominance to help them survive, wildlife scientists say.
'Now there is hope', says director of conservation programme that has tripled wildcat's numbers in Andalusia
Despite best efforts we are not winning the war on poaching. A massive seizure of 1.5 tons of ivory in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on 3 July flies in the face of threats against poachers and dealers by the Kenya government, and yet ivory traffickers continue unabated. In the first six months of ...
July 10, 2013 — The population of the critically endangered large primate known as the drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) has been largely reduced to a few critical habitat areas in Cameroon, according to a recently published study by researchers with the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation R ...
The newest update to the IUCN Red List has downgraded the status of the Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis) from Endangered to Critically Endangered, reflecting the deteriorating state of arguably the world's most degraded river system.
There's now only one cetacean species to be found in the Yangtze river, and it is in serious danger of extinction. The conservation status of the Yangtze finless porpoise – the world's only freshwater porpoise – has been upgraded to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red L ...
All species of sawfish around the world could soon gain full protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, a move that comes just in time for the iconic but critically endangered creatures.
VANCOUVER - The world's birds are literally the canaries in the coal mine and their ongoing decline should serve as a warning signal of a global environment in peril, says an international report on the state of the world's birds.
DUBAI, Jun 18 2013 (IPS) - Environmental campaigners are urging the Angolan government to halt plans to mine diamonds inside a national reserve that is home to the world’s last wild population of a rare antelope, the Giant Sable.
Newly collected eggs give the Schaus butterfly a chance
June 12, 2013 — Passiflora is a genus of beautiful plants commonly known as the passion flowers or passion vines.
The eastern population of northern bald ibises (Geronticus eremita) has likely fallen to a single breeding bird, reports conservationists monitoring the dwindling flock.