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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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First Australian shorebirds on critically endangered species list

Two iconic Australian shorebirds have been added to the critically endangered list. The extraordinary sickle-billed Eastern curlew, and its smaller cousin, the curlew sandpiper, are the first shorebirds on the list.

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'Loud wakeup call' over critically endangered dolphin

The smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up, new research suggests.

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IS threat to Syria's northern bald ibis near Palmyra

A rare bird may become extinct in Syria because of the capture of Palmyra by Islamic State, experts say.

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A Grassroots Effort to Save Africa’s Most Endangered Ape

The Cross River gorilla holds the lamentable distinction of being the world’s rarest ape. Inhabiting an arc of mountainous forest along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, this primate was thought by scientists to be extinct until it was rediscovered in the 1980s.

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Conservationists decry U.S. plan to retool endangered species rules

Conservationists decried a proposal on Monday by U.S. wildlife and marine animal managers to tweak rules tied to the federal Endangered Species Act, saying the plans would place "crippling" impediments to citizens petitioning to save imperiled creatures.

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The country that blends endangered frogs

Peru is one of the most biodiverse nations on earth. Its weird and wonderful wildlife makes it a hotspot for the illegal trade in live animals - and the country's ecological police are struggling to cope.

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Lost and found, then lost again? Recently rediscovered hummingbird faces extinction

The blue-bearded helmetcrest (Oxypogon cyanolaemus) is a spectacular hummingbird. It is aptly named for the blue streak of feathers on its chin and a pointed crest on its head resembling a knight’s helmet.

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GIS study reveals preferred habitat of Asian elephant

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Asian elephant is now an endangered species. Today, there are only 40,000 elephants left in Asia's mainland and about 1,200-1,700 in peninsular Malaysia.

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Preserving the endangered Ridley Bronze turkey

They are ugly, tough and bred to survive brutal winters, yet somehow the gnarly Ridley Bronze turkey has captured the heart of a retired nurse on Saltspring Island.

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Fish stocking program recovering after major losses

After a power failure and disease caused large numbers of fish to die at hatcheries that supply the province, New Brunswick's stocking program is back on track, however officials would still like to double the number of trout being released every year.

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At home with the world's last male northern white rhinoceros

Mohamed Doyo seems to have a dream job. Every evening, he patrols the Kenyan savannah, glimpsing lions chasing down darting Thomson’s gazelles, hearing the calls of red-chested cuckoos and, when there is a full moon, seeing the majestic, snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya in the distance.

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Thai customs seize 511 pieces of elephant ivory destined for Laos

More than three tonnes of elephant ivory have been found at a Thai port stashed in a container shipped from Kenya, customs said on Monday, the second huge haul of tusks from Africa in less than a week.

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Two more Sumatran elephants found dead in Aceh

A pair of critically endangered Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) were found dead this month in Indonesia's Aceh province, just the latest casualties for a species that has been brought into increasing conflict with humans amid the country's oil palm boom.

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How financial power can be used to save iconic species from extinction

On Earth Day 2015, prospects for many of the planet’s most iconic species look bleak

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Illegal trade in endangered wildlife thriving on eBay despite controls

Illegal online trafficking in imperiled wildlife is rampant, and attempted controls are few and largely ineffective. Log on to most any international internet store that deals in wildlife or wildlife parts, and you’ll find a charnel house of endangered and protected species hawked openly or unde ...

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‘Uncharismatic’ endangered species and the fight for funding equality

When it comes to conservation, charisma, convenience and national pride play a role in which species receive funding. Spiders and snakes? Forget about it.

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Kharai camels to get protection as endangered species

AHMEDABAD: As now Kutch's 'swimming camels' have got recognition as a separate breed of camels, the experts hope that it would help in conservation and research efforts.

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New group hopes to raise global profile of the peace-loving bonobo

Of the world's six species of great ape (not including us), it's safe to say that bonobos (Pan paniscus) are the least studied and least known publicly.

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Endangered butterfly species records 10-year high

The warm start to 2014 boosted the number of some butterflies, including the critically endangered High Brown Fritillary, a survey has found.

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Value of local knowledge in recovering endangered species

A new study explores how recreational anglers' understanding of the ecosystem and fishing practices influence their views of conserving bocaccio, canary rockfish, and yelloweye rockfish in Puget Sound.

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Endangered bighorn sheep relocated to ancestral range in Yosemite, Sequoia national parks

FRESNO, Calif. - For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.

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Mexico’s club mosses at risk of extinction

In Mexico’s rainforests, club mosses – fern-like plants that resemble the branches of pine trees - are in trouble.

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No love for endangered sea cucumbers

A delicacy in China, the sea cucumber is endangered due to overfishing. But there appears to be little will to save the unglamorous creature.

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India could do more to secure snow leopard habitat

As the first international meeting for the conservation of snow leopards gets underway in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, India could do a lot more to promote conservation of snow leopards and habitats

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To save an entire species, all you need is $1. 3 million a year

How much would you pay to save a species from becoming extinct? A thousand dollars, a 1 million or $10 million or more? A new study shows that a subset of species – in this case 841 to be exact – can be saved from extinction for about $1.3 million per species per year.

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Vietnam Promotes Fight Against Trafficking of Endangered Species

Hanoi, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Protective authorities of wild animals in danger of extinction focused today to eliminate false beliefs that the horns of rhinos and elephants possess extraordinary medicinal powers.

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Farming a threat to endangered Chinese giant salamander

Researchers from ZSL and the Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, surveyed 43 farms in China and worked with the Shaanxi Province Fisheries Office to investigate the Chinese giant salamander farming industry

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Experts question China's panda survey

Wild panda populations might be rising, but there are concerns over increasingly fragmented habitats.

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New software may allow better protection of endangered shark species, says UN agency

19 February 2015 – The United Nations agricultural agency has today announced the launch of new technology that will allow quick identification of species of the fish while better helping to protect endangered shark species and to combat illegal trade in shark fins.

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Man-made debris putting marine animals at extinction risk

Man-made debris such as plastic and glass are contributing to potential extinction of some of the already endangered marine species, a study says.

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In a first for a fish, Oregon chub removed from endangered list

(Reuters) - For the first time, a fish has been removed from U.S. Endangered Species Act protection as federal officials declared on Tuesday that a tiny shimmering minnow found only in an Oregon valley was no longer in danger of extinction.

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Conservation concern for UK insects

More than 30 British insect species have been newly classified as in danger of extinction, due to pollution and habitat loss.

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San Diego: Special polar bear collar helps scientists understand the endangered species

Tatqiq, a 14-year-old polar bear at the San Diego Zoo in California, is helping scientists gain knowledge of her endangered species by simply wearing a specialised collar.

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Now endangered, captive Florida orca clears a hurdle to freedom

(Reuters) - A push to free Lolita, a killer whale in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium for 44 years, inched forward on Wednesday when federal officials agreed to add her to the endangered species list.

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Climate cranks up extinction threat to Borneo mammals

Endangered species in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots face even greater danger as climate change adds to loss of habitat caused by deforestation.

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A rare glimpse at the elusive Saharan cheetah

Research by scientists and conservationists shows that critically endangered Saharan cheetahs exist at incredibly low densities and require vast areas for their conservation.

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Pandas at risk of deadly virus

Giant pandas are an endangered species with a population of just 2,000 animals. Now they face a new threat: Two pandas at a Chinese breeding center have died of canine distemper, a virus related to measels.

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Mexican Wolves Finally Get Endangered Species Status

North America’s smallest and rarest wolves will finally have the full protection of the Endangered Species Act. Well, almost.

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U.S. enlarges area in Southwest where rare wolves can roam

(Reuters) - Rare wolves in the American Southwest will be allowed more room to roam but some could be marked for death if they prey too heavily on elk and deer prized by hunters, under a rule issued by federal officials on Monday.

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Endangered goat to be focus of conservation programme at Sir Bani Yas

ABU DHABI - Sir Bani Yas nature and wildlife reserve has welcomed a new addition – the endangered Arabian tahr, a medium-sized goat that usually inhabits mountainous areas.

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