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Northern white rhino dies at San Diego Safari Park; only three others remain

ESCONDIDO, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- One of the world's last remaining northern white rhinos died Sunday in Southern California, officials said.

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San Diego Zoo and a sanctuary in Kenya announce plan to save northern white rhinos

An ambitious, scientifically-complex plan aimed at saving one of the world's most endangered species -- the northern white rhino -- was announced Thursday by the San Diego Zoo and the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in Kenya.

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World’s most elusive shark found and tagged for the first time

They are one of the most elusive sharks ever. Lurking in murky tropical rivers, no live adults had ever been seen before.

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ASAP: reversing decline of critically endangered species in Southeast Asia

Species in Southeast Asia are in crisis. Compared with most other regions, Southeast Asian countries — Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam — have a higher proportion of species that are categorized as threatened on ...

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Vitamin supplements could save critically endangered kakapo

They make an eccentric pair. The world’s heaviest parrot – which also happens to be flightless – depends on the berries of a tall conifer tree for breeding, but the rimu tree can go for years without producing any fruit at all.

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Indonesia blazes threaten endangered orangutans

The world’s only wild orangutans — already besieged by logging, hunting, pet trading and the steady expansion of palm-oil plantations — are now threatened by forest fires that have burned for months on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in southeast Asia.

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Macedonia dam faces the axe over risk of Balkan lynx extinction

Controversial €100m hydropower project likely to lose funding after Bern Convention warns of ‘decisive negative impact’ on the critically endangered lynx

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Protected California salmon numbers drop as drought warms water

The number of young winter run Chinook salmon in the Sacramento River is considerably lower so far this year than in 2014, federal authorities said, prompting concerns that the drought is making it harder for the endangered species to recover.

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Turtle doves, puffins one step closer to extinction

GLAND, Switzerland, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The International Union for Conservation of Nature has declared the Atlantic puffin and European turtle dove "vulnerable" to global extinction and added them to its Red List of threatened species this week.

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Four UK bird species including puffins 'face extinction'

Puffins are among four UK bird species now at risk of extinction, according to the latest revision of a global conservation database.

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Vultures nearing extinction in Africa

Carnivorous birds, which help stem spread of disease by eating carcasses that would otherwise rot, targeted by poachers

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Puget Sound orcas welcome sixth baby born to endangered pods this year

Puget Sound’s endangered resident orcas have welcomed yet another new addition.

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New colonies of Leadbeater's possum discovered in logging forests

The politically sensitive and critically endangered Leadbeater's possum, which is also happens to be Victoria's animal emblem, is again proving a challenge with the discovery of dozens of new colonies in forests on Melbourne's northern doorstep that are open to logging.

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How We Decide Which Animals Become Endangered

The idea of extinction is pretty straightforward — a species is there, until it’s not. But modern attitudes towards endangerment and extinction are hardly that simple. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that the idea of endangered animals didn’t even exist.

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The Muriqui: Brazil’s critically endangered “hippie monkey” hangs tough

Muriquis often start their day by hugging one another. The Brazilian monkeys can become so entwined in lanky arms and prehensile tails, around tree limbs and each other, that it’s hard to tell them apart.

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Encounter With World’s Rarest Ocean Mammal Thrills Scientists

Scientists feared they were on a grim mission. Biologists searching Mexico's Sea of Cortez for the world's most endangered marine mammal—a tiny porpoise called the vaquita—worried they might already be too late.

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A Shifting Approach to Saving Endangered Species

When the Obama administration announced last month that it would not add the greater sage grouse to the endangered species list, some conservation groups predictably criticized the ruling.

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Peregrine falcon population sees record growth in Quebec

As the list of endangered animals grows longer each year, at least one species' situation is improving: The peregrine falcon.

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UK team germinates critically endangered Japanese birch

UK scientists have successfully germinated seeds from the critically endangered Japanese Birch, a species that has just 21 known trees remaining.

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Welsh adventurer to traverse Madagascar on foot for lemurs

What do you after completing the world’s first unsupported trek across Mongolia? Well, if you’re Welsh adventurer, Ash Dykes, you walk the length of Madagascar to help publicize the plight of vanishing lemurs.

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Could a new map save the Sumatran rhino?

Researchers have identified and mapped five priority sites that can be used to focus conservation efforts and bring back the Critically Endangered Sumatran rhinos from the brink of extinction.

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Sumatran rhinos likely to become extinct, conservationists warn

Conservation group IUCN wants Indonesia and international donors to take urgent action to save ‘weirdest of all rhinos’

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Unlikely allies are joining the quest to save the imperiled sage grouse

When male birds emerge each spring in clearings called leks, they strut and cluck and puff their strange chests. They flare their tail feathers, do combat with competitors, whatever it takes to win the heart of one of those sweet little hens who seem to be barely paying attention.

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Decision Looms on Fate of Declining American Eels

Eels used to be widespread throughout the eastern coast of North America, stretching from Greenland as far south as Brazil.

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India Opens First-Ever Vultures-Only Restaurant in an Attempt to Save Them From Extinction

The rapidly declining population of white-backed vultures in India has been a cause of concern for several decades.

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Endangered fishing cat thought extinct in Cambodia, caught on camera

Asia’s Endangered fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) went missing in 2003, and was thought to be extinct in that nation. That’s why researchers were so delighted when the fishing cat showed up recently in candid shots snapped by their camera traps in two Cambodian preserves.

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A Mexican porpoise is facing extinction — almost by accident

The world’s most endangered marine mammal is a small porpoise called the vaquita — Spanish for little cow. The vaquita has been under threat for years, but now the poaching of a rare fish may be driving the tiny Mexican porpoise to extinction.

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Endangered animals can be identified by rate of genetic diversity loss

A new study presents a novel approach for identifying vertebrate populations at risk of extinction by estimating the rate of genetic diversity loss, a measurement that could help researchers and conservationists better identify and rank species that are threatened or endangered.

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European Bat Night: helping endangered bats matter

On the last weekend of August, bats get their own celebration: European Bat Night, an event to rise awareness on these winged mammals and their essential role for natural ecosystems and human economies.

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"Extinct" Toad Rediscovered in Ecuador

To biologists’ delight, the Azuay stubfoot toad (Atelopus bomolochos), believed to be extinct after its last sighting in 2002, has just leapt back to life.

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Online trade in endangered species soars, spurring crackdown

Illegal online trade in furs and specimens of endangered animal and plant species has been rampant, prompting police and related authorities to bolster their countermeasures.

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South Africa: 749 Rhino Poached So Far This Year

Cape Town — Environmental Affairs Minister Ednah Molewa says 749 rhino were lost to poachers so far this year.

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Ancient crops to be deposited in Norway’s Arctic seed vault for future generations – UN

As a significant step towards preserving the world’s most important ancient crops for future generations, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency, together with scientists and delegations from Peru, Costa Rica and Norway, today witnessed a ceremony during which potato seeds were deposi ...

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Pakistan's top court bans the hunting of houbara bustard

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Conservationists applauded Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday, as the nation's top court placed a ban on the hunting of the houbara bustard.

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New Zealand conservationists apologise over accidental shooting of endangered takahē

An inquiry is under way into how a cull of somewhat similar-looking pukeko birds has led to the slaughter of 5% of the wild population of takahē

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The Sumatran rhino is extinct in the wild in Malaysia

Leading scientists and experts in the field of rhino conservation state in a new paper that it is safe to consider the Sumatran rhinoceros extinct in the wild in Malaysia. The survival of the Sumatran rhino now depends on the 100 or fewer remaining individuals in the wild in Indonesia and the ni ...

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Mexico to Strengthen Protection of Endangered Species

Mexico, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) Mexico will strengthen the protection of the olive ridley sea turtles on the beaches of the states of Oaxaca and Michoacan, by intensifying their operatives in the natural spawning areas of this endangered species.

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Controlling feral animals could save Australia billions, and 148 endangered species

New research has found that the most cost-effective way to help save 148 endangered plant and animal species in Australia's famous Lake Eyre Basin is to control the numbers of feral pigs in the area.

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Controlling feral animals and plants will save unique species and $billions

Controlling feral pigs is the most cost-effective strategy to help save 148 endangered plant and animal species in the Lake Eyre Basin, and is just one of the significant findings of a three-year study led by QUT applied ecologist Associate Professor Jennifer Firn.

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Biodiversity agreement to protect endangered species

DA NANG — The Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society in Viet Nam have inked a five-year conservation plan.

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Maasai warriors take to the cricket field to save the northern white rhino

For Kenya's Maasai warriors hunting has been a traditional rite of passage. Now they have dropped their spears and picked up cricket bats to raise awareness of the plight of a species whose future hangs by a thread.

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New app lets fishermen help FWS track endangered species

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is backing a new app to help officials better monitor and manage endangered species.

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Rare, endangered and sexually deceptive: orchids

Victoria’s yellow-lip spider-orchid isn’t quite what you’d expect: it’s tiny, green and grows a potato-like tuber. It’s also vanishingly rare.

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Orangutans face extinction on Borneo where deforestation is ‘simply unsustainable’ – UN

29 July 2015 – The massive conversion of Borneo’s forests for the production palm oil together with the impact of climate change is driving to extinction the orangutan on Asia’s largest island, making it “clear that a future without sustainable development will be a future with a different clima ...

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Bhutan tiger population higher than previously thought, survey reveals

Himalayan country’s first nationwide survey finds 103 tigers, but WWF warns big cat was facing a crisis elsewhere south-east Asia

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New tiger count in Bangladesh raises alarm

Better counting methodology has revealed more realistic results for the remaining tiger population in Bangladesh’s Sundarbans. And the numbers are far from good: Only around 100 of the big cats still stalk the forests.

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Last-ditch attempt to save the plains wanderer, Australia's most endangered bird

A plan to save Australia’s most critically endangered bird has been outlined in the nation’s first threatened species strategy.

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Northern White Rhino Closer to Extinction With Czech Zoo Death

One of the world’s most endangered animals, the northern white rhinoceros, edged closer to extinction when one of the last five of its kind known to exist died in a Czech zoo.

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Frogs under the spotlight to prevent extinction

Amphibians, such as frogs, are globally threatened. Over the past four decades, many tropical species have begun to disappear from intact natural habitats. In the 1980s alone, for example, 40 per cent of Costa Rica’s amphibians disappeared. Other Latin American countries are experiencing similar ...

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Legislative attacks threaten Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act is under increased attack by lawmakers, conservationists say, with a slew of legislation proposed this year — including dozens of budget riders tacked onto unrelated bills — aimed at restricting wildlife protection.

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