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Manicured turtles swim for science

Scientists tracking the dispersal of hatchling loggerhead turtles have resorted to the nail salon to help fit tiny tags to the endangered creatures.

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World's last 300 Narcondam hornbills threatened by radar facility off India

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.

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Photos: Snub-Nosed Monkey Among New Most At-Risk Species

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."

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Lonesome George passes, taking unique subspecies with him

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.

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Rarest Kiwi Species Takes Flight

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.

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Breeding program to help endangered kiwis

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.

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Denmark's Bornholm island gets rare bison from Poland

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.

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Nearly 100 bird species face increased risk of extinction in the Amazon

Deforestation causing loss of habitat across the region, as vulture numbers decline in Africa and long-tailed ducks disappear from Europe

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The rarest rhino's last stand

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.

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Report: Endangered Species Act Works

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.

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Study: One of the world's largest growing threats to endangered animals and plants is coming from fungus

One of the world's largest growing threats to endangered animals and plants is coming from a very small source: fungus.

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Endangered species: Sex and the single rhinoceros

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.

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Madagascar: On the trail of endangered lemurs

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.

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California Condor Populations Hit Important Milestone, but Still Face Threats

The population of endangered California condors (Gymnogyps californianus) hit an important milestone last month, reaching a high of 405 birds—quite an achievement for a species that was down to its last 22 individuals just 25 years ago.

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Deaths of endangered Fla. panther increase

WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) -- Three rare Florida panthers have been killed this week, bringing the total to 12 for the year as habitat for the cat shrinks, an environmental group says.

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Less than 100 pygmy sloths survive

The pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) is one of the world's most endangered mammals, according to the first ever formal survey of the population, which found less than 100 sloths hanging on in their island home.

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Critically endangered eel gets a helping hand

As endangered as the African elephant, the pygmy hippopotamus or the panda bear, European eels are on the verge of disappearing forever. To help save the species, German rivers are being restocked with thousands of eels.

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Faster study a small step toward stopping carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Obama administration's promise Tuesday to quicken its search for a way to shield the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species is more a baby step than a giant leap toward a solution that could be in the works for years or even decades.

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CITES Secretariat Praises China for Wildlife Law Enforcement Operations.=

The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Mr John E. Scanlon, has today awarded a Certificate of Commendation to the National Inter-Agency CITES Enforcement Collaboration Group (NICECG) of China in recognition of two nat ...

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Not Always Safety in Numbers When It Comes to Extinction Risk

A basic tenet underpinning scientists' understanding of extinction is that more abundant species persist longer than their less abundant counterparts, but a new University of Georgia study reveals a much more complex relationship.

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CITES Secretariat Praises China for Wildlife Law Enforcement Operations

The Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Mr John E. Scanlon, has today awarded a Certificate of Commendation to the National Inter-Agency CITES Enforcement Collaboration Group (NICECG) of China in recognition of two nat ...

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Endangered-species truce faces big test from little sand dunes lizard

It wasn’t too hard for the Fish and Wildlife Service to decide the fate of 92 freshwater snails, or 17 dragonflies, or indeed more than 500 species over the past year. But when it comes to the dunes sagebrush lizard, trouble looms.

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'Chicken' frogs survive in new home

Critically endangered frogs reintroduced to the Caribbean island of Montserrat are surviving in their new home, according to conservationists

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Over 30 Yangtze porpoises found dead in China as population nears extinction

Six years after the Yangtze river dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), or baiji, was declared "functionally extinct" by scientists, another marine mammal appears on the edge of extinction in China's hugely degraded Yangtze River.

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East Africa: Kenya, Ethiopia Vow to Save Endangered Grevy Zebra

Nairobi — Conservation experts from Kenya and Ethiopia have drawn a roadmap for ensuring the survival of an endangered type of zebra.

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New research to save Irrawaddy dolphins from extinction in Mekong

PHNOM PENH, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia is conducting a new research with foreign experts on conservation of the Irrawaddy dolphin in the Mekong River, both in Cambodia and the trans- boundary dolphin population shared with Laos, the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement released Monday.

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Rare crested ibis hatches in Japan

TOKYO, April 23 (UPI) -- Japanese wildlife researchers say a crested ibis chick hatched in the wild is the first of the endangered birds born outside captivity in 36 years.

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Fight to Save Javan Rhino from Extinction is on Track, Say Experts

Plan to increase numbers of highly endangered species from 50 to 75 over five years

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Endangered porpoises dying in China

YUEYANG, China, April 18 (UPI) -- Chinese wildlife officials say the corpses of 12 endangered finless porpoises, including a pregnant one, have been found around Dongting Lake in Hunan province.

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Cinderella animals: endangered species that could be conservation stars

A cursory look at big conservation NGOs might convince the public that the only species in peril are tigers, elephants, and pandas when nothing could be further from the truth.

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Hail Mary effort aims to save the world's most endangered turtles

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has pledged to work with all of its institutions to save at least half of the world's most 25 endangered turtles as listed in a report by WCS and the Turtle Conservation Coalition last year.

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Endangered lynx in Spain gets help

MADRID, April 16 (UPI) -- Three Iberian lynx are being released into the wild in Spain from a captive breeding program in an effort to save the endangered species, researchers said.

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Russia to protect endangered big cats

MOSCOW, April 16 (UPI) -- A U.S. wildlife advocacy group says a Russian decision to create a "Land of the Leopard" national park is "great news" for endangered big cats.

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Global effort to save turtles launched

NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- The U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society says it's launching a global effort to save some of the world's most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles.

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iPad app helps mariners save endangered right whales

Once considered the “right” whale to kill, these marine mammals are gaining protection from an unlikely source: a free iPad app.

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World's rarest ducklings Madagascan pochards hatch

Eighteen Madagascan pochards - the world's most endangered duck - have hatched in a captive breeding centre.

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How a crippled rhino may save a species

On December 18th, 2011, a female Sumatran rhino took a sudden plunge. Falling into a manmade pit trap, the rhino may have feared momentarily that her end had come, but vegetation cushioned her fall and the men that found her were keen on saving her, not killing her.

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Groups urge New Zealand dolphin protection

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, April 3 (UPI) -- Conservationists say they're stepping up pressure on New Zealand's government to protect two endangered dolphin species.

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Guizhou golden monkey's population doubled in last three decades

GUIYANG, April 2 (Xinhua) -- The number of the endangered Guizhou golden monkeys has doubled over the past three decades, according to a protection bureau official in southwest China's Guizhou Province who spoke to Xinhua on Monday.

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How to Save Europe's Most Threatened Butterflies

ScienceDaily (Mar. 28, 2012) — New guidelines on how to save some of Europe's most threatened butterfly species have been published by a team of scientists co-ordinated by Butterfly Conservation Europe.

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Rare Sumatran orangutans dying as fires rage in Indonesian swamp forest

A third of the population of 200 might already be dead – with the remainder in severe danger, say conservationists

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Orangutans in Indonesia's Aceh forest may die out in weeks

(Reuters) - Forest fires and land clearing by palm oil firms could kill off within weeks about 200 orangutans in a forest in western Indonesia, an environmental group said on Wednesday.

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NZ dolphin survival boosted by Marine Protected Area

Hector's dolphins living off the coast of Christchurch, New Zealand have benefitted from the area's special designation, say scientists.

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How to save Europe's most threatened butterflies

The report entitled "Dos and don'ts for butterflies of the Habitats Directive of the European Union" was published in the form of an "Applied Conservation" paper in the newly launched open-access journal Nature Conservation (press release on the journal launch).

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World's smallest dolphin: only 55 left, but continue to drown in nets

The world's smallest dolphin is also the closest to extinction. New Zealand government figures show that Maui's dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) are down to just 55 mature individuals, falling from 111 in 2005.

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Seabird species face extinction as invaders storm empire's last outcrops

RSPB warns Foreign Office of threat to wildlife without tenfold increase in spending

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Bonsai tree trade closing net on near-extinct Vietnamese monkey

One of world's rarest primates, the white-headed langur, numbers around 70 as increasing deforestation uproots habitat

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Global flower trade threatens rare palm

Demand for leaves from an endangered palm, found in Central and South America, is threatening the species' long term survival, a study warns.

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Endangered Australian Cockatoo Loses One Third of Population in Just 1 Year

It’s been a rough year for Western Australia’s iconic but endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus latirostris), which are endemic to the state and live nowhere else in the world.

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Without data, fate of great apes unknown

Our closest nonhuman relatives, the great apes, are in mortal danger. Every one of the six great ape species is endangered, and without more effective conservation measures, they may be extinct in the wild within a human generation.

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