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Four out of six great apes one step away from extinction, experts say

The Eastern gorilla -- the largest living primate -- has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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Eastern gorillas, plains zebras under threat of extinction

The world's largest living primate, the Eastern gorilla, has been listed as under threat of extinction in the annual Red List of endangered species.

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Species conservation profile of a critically endangered endemic for the Azores spider

Subject to continuing population decline due to various factors, an endemic cave-dwelling spider from the Azores is considered as Critically Endangered. To provide a fast output potentially benefiting the arachnid's survival, scientists make use of a specialized novel publication type feature, c ...

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Another big predator in Southeast Asia faces extinction

Conservationists have long known that it’s hard – and in some cases – nearly impossible to survive as a tiger in Southeast Asia. Burning forests, high human populations and unflagging demand for tiger blood, tiger skin and crushed tiger bone means the big cats have to tread a daily gauntlet of s ...

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Can Field Data and Science Save the Bornean Orang-utan?

Fifteen years ago, when I was living in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, I would occasionally be privileged enough to be able to watch wild Bornean orang-utans in the rain forest.

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England's best-loved wildlife still in serious decline, report shows

Much of England’s best-loved wildlife remains in serious decline, according to the latest official assessment from the government. Birds and butterflies on farmland have continued their long term downward trend and 75% of over 200 “priority” species across the country – including hedgehogs, dorm ...

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Endangered species often wait 12 years or more to be listed for protection

Delays in listing endangered species on the U.S.’s endangered species list is pushing many of them towards extinction, a new study has found.

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Indonesia must do more to protect whale sharks, conservationists say

In 2013, Indonesia declared the whale shark a protected species, hoping to put a dent in the thriving trade in its body and parts which was pushing the world’s largest fish toward extinction.

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Logged forests are havens for endangered species in Southeast Asia

LONDON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A logged forest isn't a lost forest, new research reveals. In recent surveys, scientists from Imperial College London found a surprising number of endangered species living in logged forests in Borneo.

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US endangered-species recovery surges to record high

Nineteen species delisted from Endangered Species Act in past seven years.

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Mystery of Bizarre Bird Deformities May Be Solved

ANCHORAGE, ALASKAScientists working with sophisticated DNA sequencing technology think they may have solved a 20-year-old mystery of what has caused thousands of Alaska’s wild birds to be afflicted with deformed, twisted beaks.

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Rare Afghani Deer Endures Two Major Wars, Is Ultimate Survivor

Researchers feared the endangered ungulate had gone extinct. The Bactrian deer proved them wrong. t had been more than 40 years since researchers last caught sight of the Bactrian deer in Afghanistan.

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Take the WWF quiz: Which endangered species are you? - See

The Philippines is a biodiversity hotspot, home to thousands of species, many of which are unfortunately endangered. To spread more information about these threatened creatures before it's too late, WWF Philippines has created a short and fun quiz for you to take. Are you a high-flying, intense ...

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The ivory trade isn’t just a disaster for elephants. It threatens our future too

Today is World Elephant Day, when people with a passion for pachyderms come together to celebrate the wonder of elephants and raise funds to protect them. It seems paradoxical that the largest land animal, which has come to symbolise strength and sagacity, should be so vulnerable – but across Af ...

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California island foxes removed from endangered species list

Not long ago, foxes native to the Channel Islands off the California coast teetered on the edge of extinction.They have rebounded to the point where U.S. wildlife officials on Thursday removed three subspecies of island fox from the roster of federally endangered species, hailing their comeback ...

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Humans and climate change are threatening to wipe out 8,000 animal species

Farming, hunting and climate change are among the most significant threats faced by more than 8,000 animal species worldwide.

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Biodiversity: The ravages of guns, nets and bulldozers

There is a growing tendency for media reports about threats to biodiversity to focus on climate change.Here we report an analysis of threat information gathered for more than 8,000 species. These data revealed a contrasting picture.

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In Costa Rica, Photographing Jaguars to Help Save Them

About 650 feet from the buildings of a remote eco-lodge in southern Costa Rica, an automatic camera last year shot a picture of a passing jaguar, a spectacular big cat that is one of the country’s most endangered animals, and the focus of strenuous conservation efforts.

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Many endangered species face long waits for protection

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted by Congress in 1973 to protect species threatened with extinction. To receive protection, a species must first be listed as endangered or threatened in a process that is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A two-year timeline for the m ...

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World Lion Day: What Would You Do to Protect Lions?

Given the number of conservation issues surrounding the animal kingdom’s noblest of big cats, the first question I asked myself was, “which lion topic should I focus on?”

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Texas mussel proposed as endangered, with implications for waterways

In what is a likely harbinger for special habitat protections that would affect waterways in Central Texas, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will announce Wednesday that it is considering an endangered species tag for a Texas freshwater mussel.

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Kids' lemonade stand idea helps raise funds for endangered species

Two budding philanthropists are using a summertime staple to support endangered species. Dylan Woods, 9, and Jacey Molinelli, 8, set up a lemonade stand at the Calgary Zoo to raise money for endangered species.

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For many endangered species, it's survival of the cutest, Ottawa scientists find

Most of the cash for conserving endangered animals goes to big “charismatic” species and there’s little left for smaller spineless ones, a global survey by Ottawa scientists shows.

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Peru: threatened delicacy from the Amazon

The paiche is the largest carnivorous freshwater fish in the amazon region. And a delicacy. That threatens its population, which affects indigenous fishermen as well.

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Big beasts are facing an 'extinction crisis': Most of the planet's large animals could die out by 2100

In less than a hundred years the majority of the planet's biggest beasts could become nothing more than a distant memory. By 2100, animals like leopards, great white sharks and elephants will be extinct unless conservation efforts step up, a new report says.

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Mexico bans gillnets to protect rare vaquita porpoise

To protect the world’s rarest and most threatened marine mammal, Mexico will permanently ban the use of gillnets throughout the range of vaquita porpoise from September, and phase out night fishing by the end of this year.

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South Africa's great white sharks 'facing extinction'

South Africa's great white shark population is heading for possible extinction after a rapid decline in numbers, say researchers.

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Whale sharks inch closer to extinction

The world’s largest fish, the whale shark, is in deep trouble.

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Bornean Orangutan Now Critically Endangered

The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is now critically endangered, with populations in sharp decline due to habitat destruction and illegal hunting, the IUCN declared last week.

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Bornean orangutan critically endangered, conservation group says

JAKARTA, Indonesia - A global conservation group says Borneo's orangutans are now a critically endangered species due to hunting and destruction of forest habitat.

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Asia’s Unknown, Ignored And Disappearing Animals

Try to name Asia’s most endangered animals, and iconic species such as tigers, orangutans and rhinos likely leap to mind. But pangolins, langurs or saola? Not so much. Most of us haven’t heard of these “other” species, and can’t even picture them.

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Chewed plants help detect viruses in wild mountain gorillas, monkeys

Chewed bark, leaves and fruit discarded by mountain gorillas provide a simple way to test the endangered apes for viruses without disturbing them, according to scientists studying mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in East-Central Africa.

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Dolly the Sheep creator calls for biobank to save endangered animals

A modern-day “ark” that holds tissues from endangered animals should be built as an insurance policy to save species from extinction, Sir Ian Wilmut, the creator of Dolly the Sheep, has said.

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5 ways you can help civil society end the illegal wildlife trade

Asia is a key hub for the illegal wildlife trade. Asian Development Bank sustainable development and climate change consult Maria Cristina Tabing highlights how individuals can help protect critically endangered species.

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Caribbean island's last two rare frogs are reunited

Male and female mountain chicken frogs that were sole survivors of deadly disease are hoped to begin breeding on Montserrat for the first time since 2009

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Saving the world's rarest parrot with genomics

Off the coast of New Zealand, conservationists are sequencing the genome of kakapo parrots to try and bring the bizarre flightless bird back from the brink. They're also tracking every detail of its strange sex life.

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How the dormouse is returning to England’s hedgerows after 100 years

Moves to save the tiny woodland mammal from extinction could herald the reintroduction of larger lost species such as the wolf and sea eagle

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Rare moth faces extinction at its last site in England

Dark bordered beauty moths have declined by over 90% at their last stronghold near York due to sheep grazing and habitat loss

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Endangered Boreal felt lichen set to decline 50 percent in 25 years despite conservation efforts

Researchers call for increased protection as the federally protected Boreal felt lichen population decline in Atlantic Canada shows links to human impacts on the environment

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Golden eagles remain endangered in Mexico

Only about 100 couples remain in the wild, according to official estimates

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Hopes for endangered animals revive as 25 born in one year

The government’s effort to save species from extinction has received a boost after 25 females of endangered fauna species gave birth in Indonesia in one year, raising hopes for their future survival. The 25 protected animals were born in seven conservation institutions.

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Down to 60: scientists mull risky captive breeding for panda porpoise

As the vaquita – the world’s smallest porpoise – plunges toward extinction, scientists have a tough decision ahead of them: to attempt a super risky captive breeding programme or not?

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Experts mull trapping Mexico's endangered 'vaquitas marinas' to breed them in captivity

MEXICO CITY (AP) – A new report on Mexico's endangered vaquita marina porpoise says authorities may have to consider trapping some of the few remaining specimens to try to breed them in captivity or semi-captivity.

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What Harambe’s death means for a critically endangered species of gorilla

Two days after Harambe the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla was fatally shot to save a toddler’s life, the zoo’s director, Thane Maynard, lamented the death as a “loss to the gene pool of lowland gorillas.”

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Reestablishing a wild population of American burying beetles

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden released 110 pairs of endangered American burying beetles at the nearby Fernald Nature Preserve last week as part of ongoing efforts to restore the beetle’s population in the wild.

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Transnational conservation in Turkey could save six threatened bird species

In a great example of nature conservation knowing no national boundaries, Doğa Derneği (BirdLife in Turkey), with the support of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB, BirdLife in Bulgaria), MME (BirdLife in Hungary) and the Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME), hav ...

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Russia is trying to reintroduce Persian leopard species

SOCHI: The Russian resort of Sochi is best known for hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics. But now it’s about to welcome a different kind of visitor - one that can break a goat’s neck with a twist of its jaws.

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What can extinct species do to help conservation?

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?

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