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#105078
2015-09-02

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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#105057
2015-09-01

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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#105064
2015-09-01

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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#105043
2015-08-31

"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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#105044
2015-08-31

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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#105049
2015-08-31

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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#105024
2015-08-28

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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#104946
2015-08-21

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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#104952
2015-08-21

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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#104941
2015-08-20

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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#104901
2015-08-19

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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#104877
2015-08-18

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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#104850
2015-08-12

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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#104804
2015-08-10

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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#104813
2015-08-10

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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#104763
2015-08-05

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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#104761
2015-08-04

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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#104699
2015-07-30

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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#104690
2015-07-29

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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#104673
2015-07-28

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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#104679
2015-07-28

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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#104680
2015-07-28

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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#104665
2015-07-27

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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#104654
2015-07-24

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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#104617
2015-07-22

Ricky Gervais Backs New Anti-Poaching Technology Developed To Protect Endangered Species

Ricky Gervais is backing new camera and satellite technology that will give wildlife a “fighting chance” against poachers. Created by British scientist Dr Paul O'Donoghue, the real-time monitoring device has been welcomed by experts as ground-breaking and will help animals facing extinction, inc ...

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#104597
2015-07-21

Angola's antelopes struggle in post-war environment

As the national symbol of Angola, the giant sable antelope appears on everything from stamps to passports. But one place it is not found in abundance is in its natural forest habitat.

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#104595
2015-07-20

For the love of elephants

As elephants get hunted at unprecedented rates, their numbers are shrinking fast. Five countries have decided to work together to improve their chances of survival.

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#104568
2015-07-16

Hunting industry warns on trophy bans

THE increasing number of countries and airlines that have banned the import and transport of hunted animal trophies has caused alarm in SA’s hunting industry, with predictions of economic harm, job losses and hampered rural development.

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#104554
2015-07-15

Wolves, lynx and wild boar could be reintroduced to British forests

Wild animals including wolves, lynx and wild boar could be reintroduced to British forests as part of a campaign to restore species hunted to extinction.

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#104556
2015-07-15

Endangered parakeet finds new hope in reserve expansion

The El Dorado Nature Reserve sits within the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range on the northern coast of Colombia. First designated in 2006, the reserve now protects 2,250 acres of valuable wildlife habitat.

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#104561
2015-07-15

Animals in Europe making a comeback

Some of Europe's endangered and disappeared animals are returning to the continent's diverse habitats with a little help from conservationists.

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#104542
2015-07-14

Is the Worst of Tanzania’s Elephant Crisis Over?

After announcing devastating elephant losses, a top Tanzanian minister says the poaching crisis has been curtailed.

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#104521
2015-07-09

New government strategy fails to protect endangered species, conservationists say

Governments across Australia are being urged to do more to protect endangered species, amid warnings land clearing and mining are threatening key habitats.

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#104523
2015-07-09

Extremely Endangered Snow Leopard Captured On Camera In The Himalayas

An image of the elusive snow leopard, one of the world's endangered species of big cats, was recently captured on camera in Kumaon, Himalayas, in northern India.

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#104508
2015-07-08

Extinction of more threatened Australian species is not inevitable

NEXT WEEK WE will see the first national Threatened Species Summit launched by Environment Minister Greg Hunt in Melbourne. The timing for this gathering couldn't be more urgent because Australia, along with the rest of the world, is currently in the midst of an extinction crisis.

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#104459
2015-07-02

Scientists raise population estimate for world's most endangered sloth

There may be more pygmy sloths than believed, according to a new paper in the Journal of Mammalogy.

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#104430
2015-06-29

Why haven’t Madagascar’s famed lemurs been saved yet?

Lemurs are cute – there is no denying it. Their big eyes and fluffy faces mean they really are the poster animals of Madagascar, an island known internationally for its unique flora and fauna.

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#104399
2015-06-25

Madagascar's lemurs cling to survival

The famous lemurs of Madagascar face such severe threats to their survival that none of them may be left in the wild within 25 years.

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#104400
2015-06-25

To the rescue: Helping threatened Mediterranean sea turtles

Researchers Ullmann and Stachowitsch critically review the current state of sea turtle rescue centres and first-aid stations in relation to the mortality trends for two charismatic yet endangered flagship species - the Mediterranean loggerhead and green turtle populations.

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#104366
2015-06-22

'Grave concern' for Maui's dolphin

The International Whaling Commission has voiced its "grave concern" for the tiny Maui's dolphin and urged the Government to take further steps to protect the critically-endangered sub-species.

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#104351
2015-06-19

Can we save the Sumatran rhino? Indonesia holds out hope

"One percent of the world's population," veterinarian Zulfi Arsan says as he nods towards Bina, a 714-kilogram (1,574-pound), 30-year-old female Sumatran rhinoceros leisurely crunching branches whole.

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#104355
2015-06-19

African vultures declining at a critical rate

An international team of researchers, including leading scientists from the University of St Andrews, the Hawk Conservancy Trust and the University of York, say African vultures are likely to qualify as 'Critically Endangered' under the International Union for Conservation of Nature's global thr ...

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#104334
2015-06-18

Numbers show threatened bittern is booming again - RSPB

One of the UK's most threatened birds - the bittern - is returning to England and Wales, according to conservationists.

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#104327
2015-06-17

U.S. Grants Captive Chimpanzees Endangered Species Status, Prohibiting Most Research on Them

Studying human’s close living relatives, chimpanzees, has offered tons of insight into the evolution of human intelligence — for example, researchers now know that human babies and chimp babies use similar gestures.

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#104293
2015-06-16

Raising palm oil prices could help to save endangered tigers and orangutans, study claims

Supermarkets could help to save rare endangered animals such as the Sumatran tiger and the orangutan by increasing the price of products containing palm oil providing the money raised went to forest conservation, a study has found.

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#104230
2015-06-10

Happy tigers: Siberian population continues to grow

The Siberian tiger population continues to rebound, according to the latest numbers from the subspecies' stronghold in Russia.

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#104170
2015-06-04

40% of Europe's sharks and rays face extinction, says IUCN

New red list classifies 7.5% of all marine species as threatened with extinction in first full assessment of the continent’s oceanic biodiversity

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#104155
2015-06-03

Saving the Iberian lynx from extinction, one cat at a time

SILVES, Portugal — The world's most endangered cat? If you're guessing tiger or snow leopard, think again. The Iberian lynx is officially the feline at greatest risk of extinction.

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#104142
2015-06-02

'Virgin-born' sawfish are a first in the wild

Seven sawfish in Florida have become the first virgin-born animals ever found in the wild from a sexually reproducing species. The discovery suggests that such births may be a natural response to dwindling numbers, rather than a freak occurrence largely seen in captivity.

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#104104
2015-05-29

Community conservation increases endangered monkey population in Peru

Community conservation projects — initiatives that actively involve local people in conservation efforts — have gained increasing attention in recent years. Yet few studies have examined their success in protecting natural resources.

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