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Endangered butterfly making a comeback

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- An endangered species of butterfly has been showing signs of a comeback in the Dunes Habitat Preserve at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said.

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Artificial Beaks Helping to Save Hornbills from Extinction in India

For centuries the tribal Nyishi people in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh have worn the magnificent beaks of hornbill birds as a part of their traditional headgear, called pudum, which are considered a sign of manhood and tribal identity.

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Critically Endangered Cross River Gorillas May Have More Room to Grow

With a population numbering fewer than 300 individuals, Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) are the rarest and most endangered of the world’s four gorilla subspecies.

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Crossed Fingers for a Threatened Butterfly

If you stand with your back to the sun and inspect the place on the ground where your shadow is cast, you might spot the tiny larvae of the threatened Bay checkerspot butterfly.

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Turtles tracked to feeding 'hot spots'

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Satellite tracking of threatened loggerhead sea turtles has revealed two previously unknown feeding "hot spots" in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. researchers say.

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Nepal's vulture "restaurants" for endangered birds

(Reuters) - In the village of Pithauli, surrounded by ripening mustard fields, a woman hauls a cow carcass on a trolley, drops it in an open field, then runs and hides in a nearby hut as dozens of vultures swoop down.

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18 endangered dolphins spotted off Borneo: WWF

JAKARTA — Conservation group WWF said it spotted 18 critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in Indonesian waters off Borneo island Tuesday and called for greater protection of the species' habitat.

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Pregnancy of rare rhino being monitored

JAKARTA, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Wildlife scientists say they are carefully monitoring the pregnancy of a Sumatran Rhino, one of the world's most endangered species, at an Indonesian sanctuary.

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Aussie icons now species in danger

We are sentimental but no Australian brand is going to survive simply because it is Australian.

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Accidental Kakapo Death Lowers Population of Rare, Flightless Parrots to 127 Birds

The death of an adult female kakapo (Strigops habroptila) on New Zealand’s Anchor Island this past weekend brings the population of these rare flightless parrots down to just 127 birds.

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China streams live panda video to foster conservation

China began Wednesday streaming live video footage of its pandas around the world via webcam in an attempt to boost awareness of conservation efforts for its beloved but endangered animal ambassadors.

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Satellite study reveals critical habitat and corridors for world's rarest gorilla

The Cross River gorilla, the most endangered great ape in Africa, is seen here in Cameroon's Limbe Wildlife Center. Images of wild Cross River gorillas are rare, due to the rugged terrain in which they exist and the great ape's elusive behavior. Credit: Nicky Lankester

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Officials call for wildlife protection

DA NANG — Authorities at central Da Nang City's Ba Na Nature Reserve have been urged to build more zoos and aviaries to ensure better protection for endangered species in the area.

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Rhino debate charges ahead

An intense debate is under way about whether the ban on rhino horn trade should be lifted as a way of tackling poaching.

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Near-Extinct Monkeys Found in Colombian Park

A new population of one of the world's rarest primates—the brown spider monkey (Ateles hybridus)—has been found in Colombia's Selva de Florencia National Park, conservationists announced this week.

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New biodiversity map of the Andes shows species in dire need of protection

The Andes-Amazon basin of Peru and Bolivia is one of the most biologically rich and rapidly changing areas of the world. A new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Ecology has used information collected over the last 100 years by explorers and from satellite images which r ...

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Poaching for meat poses new extinction risk to Thai elephants

Thailand's revered national symbol is being poached not just for its tusks, but now for its meat

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Plan to track endangered whales may harm them, expert says

Approval has been given for a controversial plan to satellite tag an endangered species of killer whale that plies the waters off the Pacific Coast.

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Stem cells could save snow leopards

The survival of the endangered snow leopard is looking promising thanks to Monash University scientists who have, for the first time, produced embryonic stem-like cells from the tissue of an adult leopard.

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Captive rhino romance may be last hope for species

(Reuters) - Puntung is a Sumatran rhino, one of roughly two hundred left in the world.

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China to release six giant pandas into wild

The project is of the most ambitious attempts to replenish the endangered population with captive-bred animals

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Irrawaddy dolphins sighted

KIEN GIANG — A school of about 20 Irrawaddy dolphins has been sighted around the Ba Lua Archipelago in the protected Kien Giang Biosphere Reserve.

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Most of India's amphibians may go extinct: Biologist

NEW DELHI: To discover a new species is a huge honour for a biologist. By that yardstick, the achievements of Dr Sathyabhama Das Biju, an amphibian biologist at Delhi University, are staggering. He has discovered 42 species and is in the process of describing another 28, six new genera and one f ...

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Spending cuts threaten Scotland's endangered species

Projects to protect red squirrels, sea eagles and beavers at risk over cuts imposed on main nature conservation agency

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Scientists launch mission to save wild pepper with unique properties

Scientists at the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) at Palode near here are racing against time to save a rare type of wild black pepper from being wiped out of existence.

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Record 443 Rhinos Killed by Poachers in South Africa in 2011

It has been a bad year for rhinos in South Africa. Many more got killed than in 2010, the 333 toll of which was described with words like “shocking” and “outrageous”. Most thought it couldn’t get worse.

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Hen harrier facing second extinction, warns RSPB

Four nesting pairs successfully raised young in English uplands – the lowest population since their reintroduction in 1960s

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Threatened species need farmland

Several threatened species in the developing world are completely dependent on human agriculture for their survival, say scientists.

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Census offers good news for pandas

A PANDA census has started in China that is expected to confirm a slight recovery in numbers of one of the world's most endangered species.

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Threatened species need farmland

Several threatened species in the developing world are completely dependent on human agriculture for their survival, say scientists.

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A step to save rare Gangetic dolphins

KANPUR: "It was just a memorable moment for us. We came across three Gangetic river dolphins while on three hours cruise down the Ganga at Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary in Bhagalpur in Bihar," Venkatesh and Upendra said.

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Humans killing at least 750 Bornean orang-utans a year

Indonesians are killing endangered orang-utans at an alarming rate. At least 750 were killed in one recent year, according to a new survey.

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Orangutans in Indonesian Borneo doomed to extinction?

A new study finds orangutans in Indonesian Borneo in unprotected areas are being killed at a rate faster than what population viability analysis considers sustainable.

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Spoon-billed sandpipers brought to UK in last-ditch rescue attempt

The 13 young birds have come from Russia to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to form a captive breeding programme

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Indigenous People Are Key to Conserving Forests: World Bank Study

GLAND, Switzerland, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The International Union for Conservation of Nature, based in Switzerland, says its update of an endangered species list indicates "the health of biodiversity."

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Endangered species list is updated

GLAND, Switzerland, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The International Union for Conservation of Nature, based in Switzerland, says its update of an endangered species list indicates "the health of biodiversity."

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Medicinal tree used in chemotherapy drug faces extinction

Annual IUCN 'red list' of endangered species includes upgraded threat to tree whose bark is harvested for cancer treatment

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Lapwings become jailbirds to avoid extinction

Dozens of birds given sanctuary at top-security prison in Northern Ireland after numbers plummet

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Cancer spreads to last Tasmanian devil refuge

THE fatal Tasmanian devil cancer has reached the marsupial's last great stronghold in the island's north-west, fuelling a dispute about the region's Tarkine wilderness.

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Czechs to fly more rare wild horses to Mongolia to reintroduce them to native habitat

PRAGUE — The Prague Zoo says it will transport more rare wild horses to Mongolia next year as part of its efforts to reintroduce the endangered species to its native habitat.

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San Diego Zoo scientists establish cell cultures of endangered frog

San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy scientists have taken a tremendous leap forward in banking viable amphibian cells. This was achieved through the first successful establishment of cell cultures from frozen biopsy specimens of the critically endangered Mississippi gopher frog.

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Time running out for endangered species

The WWF and International Rhino Foundation last week announced that the Javan rhino was now extinct in Viet Nam and that only 40-50 were left in the world, all in Indonesia. Viet Nam News reporters Thu Huong and Hoa Tran spoke to conservationists about the need to protect remaining critically en ...

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Top 10 endangered species

The critically endangered Javan rhino has been hunted to extinction in Vietnam, a leading conservation group said on Tuesday. Here is a list of some of the most endangered species in the world.

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Indonesia’s orangutans may be extinct within years, says expert

BOGOR, Indonesia (24 October, 2011)_As swathes of Indonesia’s forests are converted into timber and oil palm plantations, orangutans are being split into small and isolated population pockets, and most of the animals will be dead within years, warns Dr. Biruté Galdikas, the world’s foremost expe ...

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Record poaching threatens mountain gorillas

JOHANNESBURG: A surge in trafficking of baby gorillas is posing a fresh risk to the endangered species in the Democratic Republic of Congo, wildlife officials have warned.

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New, Higher Estimates of Endangered Humpback Whales in the North Pacific

ScienceDaily (Oct. 18, 2011) — Scientists have increased the estimate on the number of humpback whales in the North Pacific Ocean in a paper published in the journal Marine Mammal Science. The increase follows a refined statistical analysis of data compiled in 2008 from the largest whale survey ...

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Why the spoon-billed sandpiper's luck might change

The spoon-billed sandpiper faces extinction. But a last-ditch breeding programme might just save this extraordinary-looking species

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Amur leopard captured on camera in China for first time since 1949

An Amur leopard, also known as a Wild Manchurian leopard, was photographed in a forest in Wangqing county, on the border of Russia and North Korea.

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Fish recovery success story to be studied

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Marine biologists say the Atlantic goliath grouper is making a comeback in Florida while remaining critically endangered everywhere else in the world.

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