Cape Town - Some experts say the world is heading for the "sixth extinction". Unlike the five separate mass extinctions millions of years ago, this one will be caused not by natural events, but by a single species: humans.
JEJU, South Korea, Sep 15 2012 (IPS) - The Red River Giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is the stuff of legend in Vietnam. The fabled turtle in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake is popularly known by the name Kim Qui or Golden Turtle God, and it made its first historical appearance in 250 BC.
The Zoological Society of London has compiled a list of the 100 species in the world most likely to go extinct, from Bulmer's fruitbat to the Asian unicorn.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) -- the key US law protecting species listed as threatened or endangered -- focuses on boosting species' numbers until they reach recovery thresholds and so can be taken off the ESA list. Almost 1400 species are now listed.
There are only 35 rhinos left in one wild population, and none in captivity. But conservationists hope they can increase the numbers of what is possibly the rarest large mammal on Earth
NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The U.S-based Wildlife Conservation Society says Asian governments must take action to protect Asian species that are at a conservation crossroads.
Endangered species like the kiwi could be saved by controlled inbreeding, new research has found.
One in five of the world’s invertebrate species are threatened with extinction, according to the latest report from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
Twenty percent of invertebrates are at risk of extinction, according to a new report that looks at the 12,621 invertebrates assessed by the IUCN Red List to date.
A fifth of animals without backbones could be at risk of extinction, say scientists.
TORONTO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A bumblebee species is disappearing in Canada and researchers say they've been unable to determine what turned it from a common sight to an endangered species.
Banning cattle drug diclofenac and increased awareness of role of vultures in ecosystem halts decline of critically endangered species
NEW DELHI, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The population of the famous Bengal tiger is falling in India due to dwindling prey animals in India's tiger reserves, studies by environmental groups suggest.
Citizen science is alive and well. Species nominated for legal protection by US citizens face higher levels of biological threat than those identified by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The finding looks set to silence critics who question citizens' motivation for nominating species for protec ...
To speed up the process of identifying threatened and endangered plant species, a team of New York Botanical Garden scientists has developed a streamlined method for evaluating the conservation status of large numbers of plant species, using information from plant research collections and Geogra ...
BEIJING, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- China says is has set up a research institution in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to protect rare endangered Chinese white dolphins
WASHINGTON — Threatened shark species are being used to make shark fin soup, a delicacy in Chinese cuisine, in several US cities, according to an unprecedented study based on DNA testing.
Some of the gorillas caught in the midst of fighting within the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been located. Dozens more remain missing.
The New Zealand government's recent efforts to protect the world’s smallest dolphin have come under scrutiny from various conservation organizations at the 64th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
Last month the International Union for Conservation of Nature — better known as IUCN — released an update on the conservation status of the world's lemurs.
The United Arab Emirates is running a series of programs to protect dugongs from extinction, which is implemented by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Total United Arab Emirates.
WASHINGTON: American researchers have confirmed that a species of Javan rhinoceros found in Vietnam are on the verge of extinction, with only 29 of them remaining.
How large does a butterfly have to be before anybody notices it is disappearing? In the case of Papua New Guinea's (PNG) Queen Alexandra's birdwing, the answer is enormous.
Cites delegates agree to penalise countries for lacking tough regulations or failing to report on their wildlife trade
Conservationists say conspicuous consumption from a growing middle class is opening a new market in the illegal wildlife trade
WAKHAN CORRIDOR, Afghanistan, July 17 (UPI) -- Conservationists say two snow leopards were captured, fitted with satellite collars and released in the first such effort in Afghanistan.
Critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper chicks have hatched in the UK for the first time.
A new survey shows lemurs are far more threatened than previously thought.
A new survey shows lemurs are far more threatened than previously thought.
The krill are flowing freely in California's Monterey Bay. A record number of sea mammals have gathered close to shore following what's been a bumper season for their prey.
You see that drawing to the left there? It appears to be the world’s only public domain image of the tamaraw, or Mindoro dwarf buffalo (Bubalus mindorensis), a species endemic to a single island in the Philippines that is down to its last 300 or so wild individuals.
It's slithery, brown, and doesn't mind being picked up: meet the Saint Lucia racer (Liophis ornatus), which holds the dubious honor of being the world's most endangered snake.
LOS ANGELES — White abalone, the endangered shellfish that once numbered in the millions off the Southern California coast, have declined precipitously over the last decade and are on the brink of extinction, a study has found.
NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- Conservationists say the markhor, a wild goat species known for their corkscrew horns, are making a comeback in Pakistan.
When you read the words 'Sumatra' and 'Endangered Species' in the same sentence there is a 99 percent chance that you will be reading about one of four animals: orangutans, tigers, elephants, or rhinos.
Three of Hawaii's rarest birds have been detected at lower elevations along the volcanic summits for the first time in 30 years, a sign the endangered species may be holding their own against introduced diseases and climate change, scientists say.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, June 26 (UPI) -- Conservationists say Cambodia has become the last refuge for Southeast Asia's vultures facing a slide toward extinction across the continent
Scientists tracking the dispersal of hatchling loggerhead turtles have resorted to the nail salon to help fit tiny tags to the endangered creatures.
A plan to build a radar installation on a remote island puts the world's only population of some 300 Narcondam Hornbills (Aceros narcondami) at risk, warns Conservation India.
The Red List is a "critical indicator of the health of the world's biodiversity," according to IUCN. The list ranks species based on eight categories, ranging from "not evaluated" to "extinct."
Lonesome George, the sole surviving member of the Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni), was found dead on Sunday by staff at the Galapagos National Park. With George's passing, the Pinta Island tortoise subspecies officially falls into extinction.
Kiwis, under normal conditions, do not fly. But this week 20 young members of the rarest kiwi species were special guests on board a military helicopter, flying across the Tasman Sea on their way to their new habitat off the coast of New Zealand.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, June 18 (UPI) -- Scientists say a project will see one of the world's most endangered bird species repopulate a part of New Zealand's North Island after an absence of centuries.
Denmark's Baltic island of Bornholm has become a new home for the European bison, an endangered species that was almost wiped out in the last century.
Deforestation causing loss of habitat across the region, as vulture numbers decline in Africa and long-tailed ducks disappear from Europe
Trekking through deep mud and sawgrass we find a stinking wallow. The elite rangers, dressed completely in black despite the tropical heat, mark the site with the GPS unit, measure the mucky puddle's depth, and move on.
The Endangered Species Act gets a lot of flack for its budget, its long project trajectories, and its ability to hinder development planned by businesses and landowners.
One of the world's largest growing threats to endangered animals and plants is coming from a very small source: fungus.
Conservationists are taking heroic measures to restore the fertility of a three-footed Sumatran rhino. But some ask whether this is the right way to save an endangered species.
Slowly the clicks of the motor drives die down until there is silence in that sunny glade, save for the sounds of prehistory: birdsong and breeze in the trees.