The dodo, the passenger pigeon and the Tasmanian tiger are well-known victims of extinction caused by human behaviour, but could their status be used to help conservation efforts from beyond the grave?
MIAMI, May 13 (UPI) -- There is hope for the endangered Florida grasshopper sparrow. This week marked the first time the species has been bred and hatched in captivity.
The world’s most endangered cetacean is quickly inching towards extinction.
It is impossible to look out over the winding waterways and lush green wetlands of the magnificent Okavango Delta and fail to understand the importance of conserving the natural world.
Conventional wisdom claims that culling is an effective tool for the conservation of endangered predators. But a newly-published study argues that culling may actually encourage poaching of endangered predator species
Worldwide, leopards have lost about 75 percent of their historic range, according to a new survey – the first to attempt to get a glimpse of the big cat’s remaining global paw print.
The northern white rhinoceros is a species waiting for extinction. Its three remaining individuals, kept in a well-guarded Kenyan conservation park, cannot breed naturally. A 15-year-old female named Fatu could be the last of a creature that once roamed central African savannahs by the thousands.
Cambodia’s Royal Turtle (Batagur affinis), also known as the Southern River Terrapin, is one of the world’s most endangered turtles and is now facing threats to its very survival due to habitat loss caused by increased sand dredging and illegal clearance of flooded forest.
Stresemann’s Bristlefront Merulaxis stresemanni: a long-tailed bird with distinctive forehead bristles, a rufous rump, a musical whistle song, seen perhaps eating frogs and insects, and with a tennis-ball-sized tunnel for its nest.
In what could be a fairytale ending, conservationists are hoping to reunite the last two remaining wild mountain chicken frogs living on Montserrat and help their species breed on the Caribbean island for the first time since 2009.
On 10 April 2016, WWF and the Global Tiger Forum announced that the world’s tiger population had finally increased “after several decades of constant decline”.
A sub-tropical turtle that somehow ended up on a remote B.C. beach will begin his long trip home this week.
Cambodia is looking to India to bring tigers back to its forests where they were declared “functionally extinct” recently. The southeast Asian country is trying to get some tigers from India introduced into its eastern region. A formal proposal from Cambodia is likely later this year.
China’s demand for swim bladders from a giant Mexican fish called the totoaba is putting the species at risk. It’s also pushing a small porpoise known as the vaquita, one of the most endangered mammals in the world, to the brink of extinction.
Currently, many threatened and endangered species are present in captivity. Their management is mostly focused on keeping the population viable (both demographically and genetically) and as similar to the wild ancestor populations as possible.
Until a decade ago the Balkan Lynx (a subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx) was virtually unknown to the local population and its sightings were almost mythical. This is not surprising: the subspecies’ current population is estimated at 19 to 36 adult individuals.
As a logical corollary to its stupendous success in vulture conservation in Adilabad district, the Telangana State Forest Department is taking up an intensive campaign for creating awareness on wildlife, the subject with which even the Adivasis seem to have lost touch.
WWF said there were indications that the endangered rhino was suffering from a severe infection caused by snares from an earlier poaching attempt
“Often it’s difficult to get into these places where the animals live. We want to be able to bring those areas to the experts.”
“Black rhino in fridge number one. Siberian tiger in number two. Mountain gorilla in freezer three,” an itinerary might reveal in the not too distant future.
The 2015 Iberian lynx census shows a significant increase in population with the Iberian lynx reaching the highest number since the species was found to be the most endangered cat in the world in 2002.
The Southwest China Germplasm Bank of Wild Species under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Yunnan Province is a research and preservation institution for rare and endangered plants.
Leonardo DiCaprio is using his star power and big social media following to help spread the word of a critically endangered species.
The Quito rocket frog, once thought to be extinct, hangs on to survival in a patch of forest beneath an active volcano. As Cotopaxi threatens to erupt, three scientists set out to rescue the tiny amphibian from oblivion.
Newly examined video of Kemp's ridley sea turtles, which are found primarily in the Gulf of Mexico, shows that the species' recovery from endangerment has stalled at less than one-tenth of historic nesting levels.
In the world of conservation, it appears some animals are more equal than others. That's according to a new study by Arizona State University researcher Leah Gerber, which claims there's an uneven distribution of funds for endangered animals.
Indonesia's government will convert a former gold mining site located in the east of the country into a sanctuary for Sumatran rhinos, after 15 examples to the near-extinct species were spotted in the area.
It’s an evolutionary icon – but it may be tough to prevent it from going extinct.
Species has increased in number but only to 12% of its original population and faces further threat from climate change
If you saw the pangolin, you’d probably find it quite adorable. It’s a shy, stooped creature that ambles close to the ground, looking furtively at the world through beady eyes
Today, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists the black rhinoceros as “critically endangered.”
Ebo Forest is comprised of nearly 2,000 square kilometers (about 770 square miles) of lowland and montane forest in southwestern Cameroon, a large portion of which has been disturbed by human activity.
Team spotting three of the critically endangered species in Sirguppa taluk provides evidence of bird breeding in the vast grasslands.
In a remote area of Germany covered by a blanket of snow, wild European bison - the largest mammals in Europe and one of the most endangered large mammals in the world - roam and graze freely on a prince's property.
Proposed coalmines in Queensland, including the huge Adani Carmichael project, would destroy the majority of the remaining habitat of the threatened black-throated finch, according to research.
Thousands of endangered animals have been traded illegally via Facebook forums, environmental groups claim.
With only 60 individuals left in northern Madagascar, the northern sportive lemur is on the brink of extinction. Worldwide, more than half of all primates are endangered. If any did die out, their disappearance could alter their ecosystems in unpredictable ways, with unknown consequences for oth ...
The southwestern U.S. population of endangered Mexican gray wolves declined by 12 percent last year after five years of steady growth, leading wildlife advocates to suggest that illegal killings of the beleaguered predators may be to blame.
Over the past few years, West Africa has become one of the largest tropical log exporting regions feeding the growing demand for luxury furniture in Southeast Asia.
Traces of Sumatran tigers are found all over the peat zone of the Kampar peninsula in Riau, indicating the predators’ endless search for food and suitable habitats — and necessitating special rescue efforts.
The southern resident orca population, which frequents the Salish Sea, was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 2005. The population is now at 85 whales, far below the recovery goal.
(Seychelles News Agency) - Listed as critically endangered and possibly extinct for more than 100 years, a cricket in Seychelles could be looking at a new lease on life as a detailed assessment of its population is planned for this year.
The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a final rule Wednesday listing the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The species will be the first saltwater aquarium fish listed, and only the twenty-eighth marine fish.
VILA VELHA, Brazil, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- A recent survey of Brazil's Caparao National Park turned up a rare discovery -- a new group of northern muriqui, one the planet's most threatened primate species.
CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL (CI), a U.S.-based environmental non-profit, released footage on Friday of the largest herd of elephants seen in Cambodia in the past decade.
Rare footage of an elephant herd roaming through Cambodia’s biggest forest sanctuary has signalled the success of a 14-year conservation programme and raised hopes for the endangered species’ survival.
Affluent Chinese are putting two Mexican species at risk due to demand for dried swim bladders. But will this year’s Cites meeting on the wildlife trade force a crackdown?
THE United States Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced that seven species of Caribbean skinks or lizards may qualify for Endangered Species Act protection.
Wildlife Trust estimates tree disease has left around 1,000 mature English elms, which are the exclusive habitat of declining white-letter hairstreak
The Endangered Species Act (ESA), which quietly passed its 42nd birthday last week, has shielded hundreds of species in the United States from extinction and dramatically achieved full recovery for a celebrated few.