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#101584
2014-10-22

Saving the survivor: China scrambles to keep the finless porpoise from extinction

On the morning of July 14, 2002 Qi Qi ate breakfast as he always did.

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#101560
2014-10-21

When the Endangered Species Act Threatens Wildlife

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.

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#101561
2014-10-21

Unable to protect rhinos, Kruger Park opens auction on endangered species

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.

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#101494
2014-10-17

Vanishing Species: Local Communities Count their Losses

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 ...

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#101475
2014-10-16

Slender-billed curlew: Where has Europe's rarest bird gone?

"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.

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#101433
2014-10-15

African penguins put researchers in a flap

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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#101263
2014-10-06

In the Age of Extinction, which species can we least afford to lose?

Climate change and human intervention are accelerating the planet's loss of biodiversity. So should we try to preserve 'useful' bees before 'cuddly' tigers?

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#101203
2014-10-02

This could be the world's most endangered animal

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:

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#101176
2014-10-01

David Attenborough backs £1m project to save Bengal tiger

Indian village to be relocated to create the most densely packed population of tigers in the world and stop them eating people

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#100988
2014-09-17

UN: 'Time to take the heat off turtles'

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.

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#100932
2014-09-15

Ancient sturgeon in China's Yangtze 'nearly extinct'

The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, according to local media.

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#100890
2014-09-12

Wildlife activists say new U.S. lynx protections fall short

(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.

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#100848
2014-09-10

The plan to save the rarest fish in the world – that happens to be named after puppies

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.

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#100813
2014-09-09

'Canary in the cornfield': monarch butterfly may get threatened species status

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, ...

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#100814
2014-09-09

North America's key birds facing extinction, study finds

314 species, including the bald eagle and 10 state birds of US at risk from climate change

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#100700
2014-08-29

Number of Threatened Coral Species Jumps From 2 to 22

A ruling by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration bumps the number of protected coral species to 22.

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#100564
2014-08-21

Chile’s Largest Amphibian in Danger of Extinction

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

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#100523
2014-08-19

Support our red-haired cousins, the orangutans, before it's too late

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

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#100447
2014-08-13

Giant Amazon fish becoming extinct in many fishing communities, saved in others

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.

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#100335
2014-08-01

House approves changes to Endangered Species Act despite veto threat

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.

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#100274
2014-07-30

87 new bird species considered threatened with extinction

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.

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#100208
2014-07-29

Pangolins being eaten to extinction, conservationists warn

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.

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#100197
2014-07-28

Nigeria: 'Only 100 Gorillas Left in Nigeria'

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.

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#100179
2014-07-25

Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

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.

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#100124
2014-07-22

Worldwide rhino horn trade continues unabated

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.

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#100084
2014-07-17

Will the last ape found be the first to go? Bonobos' biggest refuge under threat (Part I)

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 ...

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#100007
2014-07-10

Sold into extinction: great apes betrayed by protectors

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.

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#99975
2014-07-08

Plundered for their unique body parts, sawfish are on the brink

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.

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#99958
2014-07-07

Florida panthers rebound as wildlife service offers ranchers payment plan

Lack of land for endangered puma has US officials preparing payment plan to ranchers, many of whom resent the cats

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#99936
2014-07-03

Vulnerable dolphins keep to themselves

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.

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#99919
2014-07-02

On the brink of extinction: Javan rhino has new enemy in invasive palm

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.

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#99920
2014-07-02

Wild creatures of the tropics are being lost before they’re found

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 ...

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#99726
2014-06-18

Japanese Eel Added to International Endangered Species List

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 ...

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#99706
2014-06-17

Over 800 species added to IUCN threatened list, including 44 lemurs

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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#99616
2014-06-12

More than 90% of lemurs face extinction, IUCN warns

Updated 'red list' describes the primates as one of the most threatened groups of animals on Earth

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#99486
2014-06-04

Endangered wild cattle discovered in Cambodia's northwest

Unexpected photos from Siem Reap Province, north-west Cambodia, signal hope for the country's wild cattle amidst threats from hunting and habitat loss.

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#99466
2014-06-03

Newly discovered snails at risk of extinction

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 ...

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#99152
2014-05-20

UK overseas wildlife 'needs protection'

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.

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#98954
2014-05-06

France launches action plan to save endangered hamster

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.

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#98904
2014-05-02

Endangered leopard images are proof of conservation progress in Caucasus

New images of the endangered Caucasian leopard emerged this week proving ten years of conservation efforts are working.

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#98699
2014-04-24

Chelonians for dinner: hunting threatens at-risk turtles and tortoises in India

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

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#98604
2014-04-16

Diverse gene pool critical for tigers' survival, say experts

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.

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#98481
2014-04-11

Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered birds

'Little dodo', flightless parrot and giant ibis among species ranked by evolutionary distinctiveness and global extinction risk

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#98422
2014-04-08

Time running out for rarest primate

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.

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#98410
2014-04-07

Endangered butterfly defies climate change with new diet and habitat

Quino checkerspot, native to Mexico and California, shifts to higher altitude and chooses new species of plant for laying eggs

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#98295
2014-03-31

Endangered state bird of Hawaii, the nene goose, returns to historic habitat

The adventuresome geese likely flew some 90 miles over open ocean to reach their new island home.

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#98276
2014-03-28

Look Who’s Helping Olive Ridley

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.

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#98178
2014-03-27

Researchers use new technique to shed light on endangered tapir

Tapirs are notorious for being one of the most elusive animals in Central America.

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#98112
2014-03-24

Endangered desert species cling to existence

TECOPA, Calif. — Under a canopy of gleaming stars, Janet Foley made her way across a dab of marshlands surrounded by harsh Mojave Desert terrain, her headlamp fixed on a live trap the size of a loaf of bread.

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#98086
2014-03-21

$10m plan to save world's rarest gorilla

Five-year conservation project could revive the population of Cross River gorilla in their only remaining habitat in Africa

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#98065
2014-03-20

Don't give up on Australia's endangered species

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion in the scientific community about whether we should allow some species to go extinct

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#98042
2014-03-19

Reintroduction experiments give new hope for plant on brink of extinction

A critically endangered plant known as marsh sandwort is inching back from the brink of extinction thanks to the efforts of a plant ecologist. Although it used to occur all along the west coast, from San Diego to Washington state, this wetland plant with delicate white flowers had dwindled to on ...

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#98037
2014-03-18

Reintroduction experiments give new hope for a plant on the brink of extinction

(Phys.org) —A critically endangered plant known as marsh sandwort (Arenaria paludicola) is inching back from the brink of extinction thanks to the efforts of a UC Santa Cruz plant ecologist and her team of undergraduate students.

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#97957
2014-03-12

15 bird species in India critically endangered

MUMBAI: Even as conservation efforts at various levels continue to show hope for the future, the latest International Union for Conservation of Nature ( IUCN) Red List of Birds (2013) shows that fifteen bird species in India continue to be critically endangered (CR).

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#97863
2014-03-04

Javan rhino population jumps by over 10 percent

The Javan rhino population has increased by over ten percent from 2012 to last year, according to new figures released by Ujung Kulon National Park.

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#97839
2014-03-03

Scientists find egg of bird thought extinct for more than a century

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- New Zealand scientists say they've found, for the first time, an egg of an endangered bird that had been presumed extinct for more than a century.

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#97854
2014-03-03

Endangered rhinos may be moved to Australia as ‘insurance’

Dozens of South African rhinos could be moved to Australia in a last-ditch bid to save them from rampant poaching and create an “insurance” population for the species.

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#97806
2014-02-27

Rare songbird faces fire ant threat

Rain, rats and fire ants threaten the survival of the rare Tahiti monarch, despite a record best year for its conservation

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#97718
2014-02-21

Proposed dam in Laos called threat to dolphins downstream in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A planned dam across the Mekong River in Laos could threaten the existence of critically endangered dolphins in downstream Cambodia, conservationists warn.

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#97631
2014-02-17

Mountain gazelle makes Golan comeback after tough times

Regional antelope species, considered a symbol of Israel, marks 3rd year of encouraging increase

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#97594
2014-02-13

Rhinos to be moved from South Africa to Botswana in anti-poaching drive

Rhinos to be moved from South Africa to Botswana in anti-poaching drive

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#97519
2014-02-10

15 bird species in India critically endangered: International report

Fifteen species of birds seen in India have been declared critically endangered by the International Union for Conversation of Nature (IUCN) for 2013. The endangered birds, including the Great Indian Bustard, Siberian Crane, White backed Vulture and Red-headed Vulture, are on the decline, said a ...

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#97429
2014-02-05

Small Oregon fish could be first taken off endangered species list

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. officials propose taking the Oregon chub off the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, which would make it the first fish de-listed due to recovery.

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#97385
2014-02-03

WWF aims to save endangered vultures in Pakistan

KASUR, Pakistan, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- With several species of vultures on the verge of extinction in Pakistan, largely because of veterinary drugs used on cattle, an environmental group is investing in a captive breeding program it hopes will contribute to the recovery of the iconic birds.

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#97233
2014-01-28

Dwindling jaguar population facing extinction

The jaguar could soon become extinct in Brazil's tropical Atlantic forest, threatening the shrinking primitive forest itself, Brazilian scientists warn.

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#97186
2014-01-24

Captive Breeding No Help to Endangered Woodrat

Jan. 23, 2014 — Captive breeding of the endangered Key Largo woodrat may not be the best solution to preserve the ecologically important rodent, an animal driven to near extinction by development, a new University of Florida study shows.

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#97155
2014-01-22

Yellowstone grizzlies face losing protected status

Conservationists protest after panel recommends ending bears’ endangered-species listing.

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#97140
2014-01-21

Worst Year on Record for South African Rhinos

Illegal poaching of South African rhinos spiked by almost 50 percent in 2013, officials in Pretoria announced last Friday.

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#97144
2014-01-21

Conservationist Are Resorting to Branding Endangered Tortoises

If the tortoises' shells are marred with numbers and letters, they'll be less appealing to poachers

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#97076
2014-01-17

Two-thirds of all mammals in Israel are in danger of extinction

Israel's biological diversity is declining, says study: a third of plants unique to Israel are vanishing.

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#97042
2014-01-16

Tiny, beautiful African water lily species narrowly survives extinction but is now the target of thieves

LONDON — In a little warm puddle in rural Rwanda, a tiny flower used to grow — a water lily, barely half an inch across.

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#97003
2014-01-14

European eels caught in record numbers for third year running

Conservationists suggest the decline of the critically endangered species has been halted and perhaps reversed

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#96981
2014-01-13

India's tigers dying amid canine virus outbreak

India is scrambling to protect its beleaguered tiger population after several big cats tested positive for a virus common among dogs but deadly to other carnivores, experts said.

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#96956
2014-01-09

Shocking Study Finds Lions are Nearly Extinct in West Africa

Physically and emotionally demanding. That’s how Philipp Henschel, Lion Program Survey Coordinator for the big-cat conservation organization Panthera, describes the six years he and other researchers spent combing the wilds of 17 nations looking for the elusive and rarely studied West African lion.

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#96906
2014-01-08

New Population of Critically Endangered Rabbits Found in (of All Places) a Nature Reserve

With a wild population estimated at fewer than 400 individuals, South Africa’s riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) is just a hare’s breath away from extinction.

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#96833
2013-12-20

New Hope for an Endangered Fish in Madagascar

Even for an imperiled species, the Mangarahara cichlid was on its last fins. The colorful fish was thought to have vanished from the wild, and only two individuals remain in captivity—both aging males. But thanks to a serendipitous chain of events, a small population was discovered in Madagascar ...

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#96815
2013-12-19

Conservation: The Endangered Species Act at 40

On the anniversary of a landmark piece of US legislation, four experts weigh in on what has worked and what needs to change.

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#96816
2013-12-19

Madagascar's most famous lemur facing big threats

The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), perhaps the most well-known of Madagascar’s endemic animals, is facing a "very high" risk of extinction in the wild.

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#96748
2013-12-13

Grizzlies should stay on Endangered Species list, some scientists say

Yellowstone National Park grizzly bears could be removed from the Endangered Species list after a new federal report revealed that the bears are not threatened by the loss of one of their main foods, whitebark pine nuts.

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#96669
2013-12-11

Climate research provides roadmap for endangered species preservation

(Phys.org) —As the Endangered Species Act nears its 40th birthday at the end of December, conservation biologists are coming to terms with a danger not foreseen in the early 1970s: global climate change.

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#96569
2013-12-03

Reversing local extinction: scientists bring the northern bald ibis back to Europe after 300 years

The northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita), also called the hermit ibis or waldrapp, is a migratory bird.

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#96484
2013-11-26

Over 350 species added to the IUCN Red List's threatened categories in the last six months

The number of threatened species on the IUCN Red List has grown by 352 since this summer, according to an update released today.

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#96487
2013-11-26

Forest giraffe on the brink of extinction, red list warns

National symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes victim of country's long-running war, IUCN says

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#96492
2013-11-26

'Forgotten' African ape at risk from habitat loss, poaching

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- An all but forgotten species of ape is threatened by human activity and habitat loss, an assessment by U.S., African and European wildlife researchers found.

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#96400
2013-11-20

'We will not give up!’

MEMBERS of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Iguana Specialist Group (ISG), which met in the island last week, are resolute that they will not abandon hope that Goat Islands will be the final habitat for the Jamaican iguana.

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#96374
2013-11-15

Jamaican Iguana Conservation Program Marks 20 Years of Success, Faces Worries about Next 20 Years

More than a million tourists visited Jamaica last year. The vast majority of them traveled to the famous hotels and beaches of Kingston, the country’s capital city. Few, if any, ventured about 25 kilometers to the west to the rocky limestone shores of Hellshire Hills.

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#96325
2013-11-12

Kids' stories and new stoves protect the golden snub-nosed monkey in China

Puppet shows, posters and children’s activities that draw from local traditions are helping to save an endangered monkey in China.

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#96244
2013-11-06

Into the jungles of Papua New Guinea: a personal journey

Much of my time as an ecology lecturer has been spent teaching students about the wonders of this planet’s biodiversity, but also regrettably, how much of this biodiversity is under severe threat. Hundreds, if not thousands, of species become extinct each year.

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#96211
2013-11-05

World's most cryptic feline photographed in logging concession

The bay cat is arguably the world's least-known member of the cat family (Felidae). Although first described by scientists in 1874, no photo existed of a living specimen until 1998 and a wild cat in its rainforest habitat wasn't photographed until five years later.

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#96186
2013-11-01

Scientists: to save the Malayan tiger, save its prey

A major premise of biology, as any high-schooler can tell you, is the study of the connections between organisms.

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#96189
2013-11-01

Scientist wants to clone Italy's rarest bear

With only 40 Marsican brown bears left in Italy, the species is on the brink of extinction. One scientist has a controversial plan to prevent its extinction - to clone it. And, he doesn't want to stop there.

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#96151
2013-10-30

Human impact on sea turtles shows up in studies of genetic diversity

ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- DNA studies of endangered sea turtles point to loss of genetic diversity caused by recent human exploitation, Australian scientists say.

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#96141
2013-10-29

790 rhinos poached in South Africa this year

790 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, nearly a fifth higher than last year's record toll, reports the Department of Environmental Affairs.

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#96068
2013-10-24

Mongolia’s Wild Asses Cornered From All Sides

SOUTHERN GOBI REGION, Mongolia , Oct 24 2013 (IPS) - Decades of international and local collaboration have brought the Tahki or Asian Wild Horse back from the brink of extinction and reintroduced herds to Mongolia’s Gobi desert and grasslands. However, the country’s other wild equine – the Mongo ...

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#95880
2013-10-09

WWF risking Sumatran rhinos by releasing camera trap images, says scientist

On October 2nd, WWF released camera trap videos of Sumatran rhinos surviving in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.

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#95870
2013-10-08

Dark secrets of a black beauty

The tragic killing of another black leopard highlights the need for greater conservation

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#95847
2013-10-07

African gorillas are under threat from oil survey

Controversial aerial surveys aimed at finding oil under Africa's oldest national park have been started by a British company amid fears that drilling in the area could seriously threaten the world's last sanctuary for mountain gorillas.

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#5254

10th World Wilderness Congress (WILD10)

4 - 10 October 2013, Salamanca, Spain

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#95762
2013-10-01

X Rhino horn poaching hits new record in South Africa

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.

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