The blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) is a spectacular hummingbird. It is aptly named for the blue streak of feathers on its chin and a pointed crest on its head resembling a knight’s helmet.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Asian elephant is now an endangered species. Today, there are only 40,000 elephants left in Asia's mainland and about 1,200-1,700 in peninsular Malaysia.
They are ugly, tough and bred to survive brutal winters, yet somehow the gnarly Ridley Bronze turkey has captured the heart of a retired nurse on Saltspring Island.
After a power failure and disease caused large numbers of fish to die at hatcheries that supply the province, New Brunswick's stocking program is back on track, however officials would still like to double the number of trout being released every year.
Mohamed Doyo seems to have a dream job. Every evening, he patrols the Kenyan savannah, glimpsing lions chasing down darting Thomson’s gazelles, hearing the calls of red-chested cuckoos and, when there is a full moon, seeing the majestic, snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya in the distance.
More than three tonnes of elephant ivory have been found at a Thai port stashed in a container shipped from Kenya, customs said on Monday, the second huge haul of tusks from Africa in less than a week.
A pair of critically endangered Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) were found dead this month in Indonesia's Aceh province, just the latest casualties for a species that has been brought into increasing conflict with humans amid the country's oil palm boom.
On Earth Day 2015, prospects for many of the planet’s most iconic species look bleak
Illegal online trafficking in imperiled wildlife is rampant, and attempted controls are few and largely ineffective. Log on to most any international internet store that deals in wildlife or wildlife parts, and you’ll find a charnel house of endangered and protected species hawked openly or unde ...
When it comes to conservation, charisma, convenience and national pride play a role in which species receive funding. Spiders and snakes? Forget about it.
AHMEDABAD: As now Kutch's 'swimming camels' have got recognition as a separate breed of camels, the experts hope that it would help in conservation and research efforts.
Of the world's six species of great ape (not including us), it's safe to say that bonobos (Pan paniscus) are the least studied and least known publicly.
The warm start to 2014 boosted the number of some butterflies, including the critically endangered High Brown Fritillary, a survey has found.
A new study explores how recreational anglers' understanding of the ecosystem and fishing practices influence their views of conserving bocaccio, canary rockfish, and yelloweye rockfish in Puget Sound.
FRESNO, Calif. - For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.
In Mexico’s rainforests, club mosses – fern-like plants that resemble the branches of pine trees - are in trouble.
A delicacy in China, the sea cucumber is endangered due to overfishing. But there appears to be little will to save the unglamorous creature.
As the first international meeting for the conservation of snow leopards gets underway in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, India could do a lot more to promote conservation of snow leopards and habitats
How much would you pay to save a species from becoming extinct? A thousand dollars, a 1 million or $10 million or more? A new study shows that a subset of species – in this case 841 to be exact – can be saved from extinction for about $1.3 million per species per year.
Hanoi, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Protective authorities of wild animals in danger of extinction focused today to eliminate false beliefs that the horns of rhinos and elephants possess extraordinary medicinal powers.
Researchers from ZSL and the Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, surveyed 43 farms in China and worked with the Shaanxi Province Fisheries Office to investigate the Chinese giant salamander farming industry
Wild panda populations might be rising, but there are concerns over increasingly fragmented habitats.
19 February 2015 – The United Nations agricultural agency has today announced the launch of new technology that will allow quick identification of species of the fish while better helping to protect endangered shark species and to combat illegal trade in shark fins.
Man-made debris such as plastic and glass are contributing to potential extinction of some of the already endangered marine species, a study says.
(Reuters) - For the first time, a fish has been removed from U.S. Endangered Species Act protection as federal officials declared on Tuesday that a tiny shimmering minnow found only in an Oregon valley was no longer in danger of extinction.
More than 30 British insect species have been newly classified as in danger of extinction, due to pollution and habitat loss.
Tatqiq, a 14-year-old polar bear at the San Diego Zoo in California, is helping scientists gain knowledge of her endangered species by simply wearing a specialised collar.
(Reuters) - A push to free Lolita, a killer whale in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium for 44 years, inched forward on Wednesday when federal officials agreed to add her to the endangered species list.
Endangered species in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots face even greater danger as climate change adds to loss of habitat caused by deforestation.
Research by scientists and conservationists shows that critically endangered Saharan cheetahs exist at incredibly low densities and require vast areas for their conservation.
Giant pandas are an endangered species with a population of just 2,000 animals. Now they face a new threat: Two pandas at a Chinese breeding center have died of canine distemper, a virus related to measels.
North America’s smallest and rarest wolves will finally have the full protection of the Endangered Species Act. Well, almost.
(Reuters) - Rare wolves in the American Southwest will be allowed more room to roam but some could be marked for death if they prey too heavily on elk and deer prized by hunters, under a rule issued by federal officials on Monday.
ABU DHABI - Sir Bani Yas nature and wildlife reserve has welcomed a new addition – the endangered Arabian tahr, a medium-sized goat that usually inhabits mountainous areas.
A northern white rhinoceros has died at the San Diego Zoo in California, leaving only five in the entire world.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Biologists say that for the vaquita of the Gulf of California, a small species of porpoise and the rarest cetacean in the world, extinction is just four years away.
One of the world’s most endangered crocodilians, the Cuban crocodile, is facing a genomic identity crisis.
Scientists monitoring Canada’s process for identifying and protecting endangered wildlife say the system is floundering because the federal government is taking too long to list species that are deemed at risk while not doing enough to improve the status of those that are already listed.
Urgent action required to save white-throated snapping turtle amid fears that loss of eggs and hatchlings is crippling the population, says Queensland researcher
Chameleons are an unmistakable family of wonderfully bizarre reptiles. - See more at: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1124-hance-chameleon-crisis.html#sthash.wtzspXi2.dpuf
A record 1,020 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, the government said Thursday, undermining multiple efforts by authorities to curb the slaughter of the endangered species.
The Titicaca water frog is very large and entirely aquatic and makes its home in the high-altitude rivers that flow into Andean lake for which it is named.
On the day an updated Red List of endangered species is published, Australia announces a bold new conservation initiative in national parks
GLAND, Switzerland, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The sharp knives of sushi chefs and the hungry mouths of sashimi lovers have helped drive the bluefin tuna to the brink of extinction.
Snakes, butterflies, and a number of exotic fish are on the brink of extinction, according to the latest list of the world's most endangered species.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has added Pacific bluefin tuna and American eel to its new list of species at risk of extinction.
The Cape Verde Islands are a key nesting area for loggerhead turtles. But the species is endangered as a result of hunting and mass tourism. On the island of Sal, SOS Tartarugas takes care of turtles - big and small.
Fifty birds flew home last month. Now, 50 may not seem like much and flight might not sound all that unusual for birds, but we’re talking about the critically endangered rowi (Apteryx rowi), New Zealand’s scarcest kiwi species and one of the world’s rarest flightless birds.
Huilo Huilo - Until a few decades ago, there were no beavers in Patagonia. That changed when 20 pairs of the tree-chewing creature were introduced with the hopes of creating a fur industry.
SUKKUR: Local legend has it that Pakistan's Indus River dolphin was once a woman, transformed by a curse from a holy man angry that she forgot to feed him one day.
"The African lion -- a symbol of majesty, courage and strength since earliest times -- faces serious and continuing threats to its survival," said U.S Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe.
On the morning of July 14, 2002 Qi Qi ate breakfast as he always did.
When the Endangered Species Act passed in 1973, the concern was that iconic species such as the bald eagle would become extinct. The main threats were from shooting, poisoning and trapping.
When a discreet “invitation to bid” advertisement appeared in a South African newspaper this month, it was a shocking admission of defeat by one of the world’s most famous wildlife reserves.
PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 16 2014 (IPS) - The Mountain Chicken isn’t a fowl, as its name suggests, but a frog. Kimisha Thomas, hailing from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, remembers a time when she could find these amphibians or ‘crapaud’ as locals call them “just in the backy ...
"To the memory of the slender-billed curlew," says Dr Janos Botond Kiss, raising a beaker of ruby-tinted plum brandy, pressed from the fruits of his garden.
Robben Island is notorious as the site where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison, but now the island’s 1,200 breeding pairs of African penguins are sparking a scientific controversy. At stake is the survival of an endangered species, as well as how fisheries around the world are managed.
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Climate change and human intervention are accelerating the planet's loss of biodiversity. So should we try to preserve 'useful' bees before 'cuddly' tigers?
NEWSER) – A new species of whale has been identified in an underwater canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, but scientists fear they won't have long to get to know it:
Indian village to be relocated to create the most densely packed population of tigers in the world and stop them eating people
At a UN-organized meeting in Bonn, experts are discussing the plight of endangered sea turtles. Expert Colin Limpus told DW climate change is just the latest human-made factor making life tough for turtles.
The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, according to local media.
(Reuters) - The federal government will extend protections to all imperiled Canada lynx in the lower 48 U.S. states, but wildlife advocates said on Thursday it was ignoring important parts of the rare cats' range and they vowed to challenge the move in court.
The Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) is the rarest fish in the world. Found only in a single, tiny limestone cavern in the Devils Hole geothermal pool about 100 km east of Nevada’s Death Valley National Park, these fish have the smallest known geographic range of any vertebrate in the wild.
Monarch butterflies were once a common sight throughout the North American heartland. In Mexico, where they overwinter, single trees would often be covered in thousands. But declines in milkweed – their caterpillars’ only source of food – have led to a 90 percent decline in monarch numbers. Now, ...
314 species, including the bald eagle and 10 state birds of US at risk from climate change
A ruling by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration bumps the number of protected coral species to 22.
SANTIAGO – Chile’s helmeted water toad, a unique species in the world and the largest amphibian in that South American country, is in serious danger of extinction due to habitat loss and other factors, experts told Efe
As orangutans are added to a list of the world’s 25 most endangered primates, we are discovering that these great apes are more like humans than we supposed
The team compared mainstream bioeconomic theory—which policymakers have depended on in order to protect fish populations—with the lesser-known "fishing-down" theory, which predicts that large, high-value, easy-to-catch fish can be fished to extinction.
The House passed a bill Tuesday that would require the government to disclose all data it relies upon when determining whether a species is endangered.
Scientists have added 361 new bird species to the IUCN Red List following a major taxonomic review of non-passerine birds, i.e. non-perching or non-songbirds.
Pangolins are being "eaten to extinction" due to a demand for their meat at banquets in China and Vietnam and their scales for use in Chinese medicine, conservationists have warned.
The Country Director of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Mr. Andrew Dunn, has made a shocking revelation that there are only 100 gorillas left in the whole of Nigeria.
In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data published in Science, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event.
More rhinos were killed by poachers last year in Africa than ever before. In 2014 the dubious record looks set to be broken again. The black market price for rhino horn is now considerably higher than cocaine.
The bonobo, or pygmy chimpanzee (Pan paniscus), is a species of great ape that has experienced a steep drop in population over the past two decades due to habitat loss and bushmeat hunting stemming from wars. Found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), estimates place the number of ...
In what appears to be corruption in high places, the international body charged with protecting endangered species has turned a blind eye to massive illegal trade of endangered Great Apes.
Sawfish are the most endangered group of marine fish in the world, largely thanks to overfishing and habitat loss. Formerly abundant, they have disappeared from many countries' waters, and in many others they are scarcely holding on.
Lack of land for endangered puma has US officials preparing payment plan to ranchers, many of whom resent the cats
Two dolphin species in north-western Australia are vulnerable to local extinction because they rarely mingle with their own kind outside their immediate location, a new study has found.
he last of Indonesia's critically endangered Javan rhinoceroses have survived poachers, rapid deforestation and life in the shadow of one of the archipelago's most active volcanoes. But an invasive plant is now posing a new threat to the world's rarest species of rhino.
Our Tropical Future: A new report on the State of the Tropics has revealed rapid changes in human and environmental health in the Earth’s tropical regions. This is the third in a four-part series about the new report, based on the work of 12 universities and research institutions worldwide, whic ...
Rich with vitamins and minerals, eels are credited by many Japanese people for helping them stay in good health and maintain their skin complexion. But eel stocks have plummeted rapidly in recent years and the country is now facing losing the traditional delicacy, which is typically enjoyed in t ...
Experts have added 817 species to the threatened categories of the IUCN Red List in the latest update. Those added include 51 mammals—mostly lemurs—and over 400 plants.
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Updated 'red list' describes the primates as one of the most threatened groups of animals on Earth
Unexpected photos from Siem Reap Province, north-west Cambodia, signal hope for the country's wild cattle amidst threats from hunting and habitat loss.
A team of Dutch and Malaysian scientists has recently completed one part of a taxonomic revision of Plectostoma, a genus of tiny land snails in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, according to their article published recently in ZooKeys, it seems that these animals may be going extinct as fast as the ...
Fancy sniffing a pretty yellow Arlihau flower in the wild? You'll have to hurry down to Pitcairn Island as there are only six plants left.
Authorities in the French region of Alsace have launched an action plan to save a hamster facing extinction, more than two years after Europe's top court rapped Paris for neglecting the little rodent.
New images of the endangered Caucasian leopard emerged this week proving ten years of conservation efforts are working.
The extinction risk faced by mammals is often in the limelight. But it may be surprising to learn that next only to primates, chelonians—or turtles and tortoises—are the world’s most imperiled vertebrate group
Increasing tigers' genetic diversity -- via interbreeding and other methods -- and not just their population numbers may be the best solution to saving this endangered species, according to research.
'Little dodo', flightless parrot and giant ibis among species ranked by evolutionary distinctiveness and global extinction risk
China’s wildlife conservation efforts are under scrutiny as scientists battle to save a species found only in a tiny corner of an island in the South China Sea. The Hainan gibbon is the world’s rarest primate and its long-term survival is in jeopardy, according to an analysis.
Quino checkerspot, native to Mexico and California, shifts to higher altitude and chooses new species of plant for laying eggs
The adventuresome geese likely flew some 90 miles over open ocean to reach their new island home.
GANJAM, India, Mar 27 2014 (IPS) - When Olive Ridley sea turtles nest on the beach in his village, little Warthy Raju can barely wait for the millions of hatchlings, with their three-inch shells and thumb-sized heads, to scramble out.