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Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years

One of the world’s rarest tortoises, the ploughshare tortoise, is about to become extinct.

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Searching for sawfish following the clues of environmental DNA

What has a body like a shark’s, a saw protruding from its head and critically endangered status according to the IUCN?

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CITES conference: Future of wildlife at stake

The future of world's most threatened wild species will be discussed at the wildlife conference in South Africa.

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The most important conservation event you’ve never heard of is about to start

The eyes of the environmental world are turning to South Africa, where more than 2,000 government representatives from all over the world will be meeting later this week.

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EU position for the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

What is the EU’s position on ivory trafficking? The EU is concerned about the current levels of ivory trafficking and elephant poaching and is at the forefront of international efforts to tackle this problem.

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Time running out to save world’s most endangered porpoise, environmentalists warn

There were as many as 570 vaquita in the world back in 1997, but now there are fewer than 60 left — and the species is facing extinction in the very near future if we don’t take immediate action, environmentalists are warning.

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Endangered Chinese sturgeon faces new threat to survival in Yangtze River

Release of floodwaters washed farmed non-native species into river, where they will compete with wild fish

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On World Rhino Day, We Pay Tribute To A Threatened Species

Today (23 September) is World Rhino Day. Founded in 2010 by WWF-South Africa, the day has grown into an "international success," with events worldwide bringing attention the plight of the rare animals.

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Philippine Bleeding-heart doves flutter at the brink, but NGOs respond

The 7,100 islands of the Philippine Republic, scattered across the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea, teem with life.

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Preserving the addax, a desert survivalist

The addax could be mistaken for a ghostly mirage in the Sahara Desert. But this antelope is perfectly adapted to survive harsh conditions there.

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Bringing people together as scientists to save a zebra species

For 30 long minutes, the two safari buses trundled across the dry bushland of northern Kenya. Rocks and a haze of red dust kicked up from the rough and pitted road. The sun seared through the cloudless sky and thin air of the high escarpment, illuminating the leaves and long blanched thorns of t ...

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Extinction looms for native bird species on the Hawaiian island of Kauai

Hawaiian honeycreepers have lived in the islands’ tropical forests for millennia, but the colorful finch-like birds are facing “imminent collapse” on Kauai, experts say.

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Saving Rwanda's Endangered Species, One at a Time

Many conservationists devote careers to saving one endangered species. Barely into his 30s, Rwandan Olivier Nsengimana is well into helping rescue and revive two.

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That Fish on Your Dinner Plate May Be an Endangered Species

Endangered and threatened fish are sometimes passed off as other species in markets around the world, according to a new report.

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Dormice in Britain 'vulnerable to extinction'

Britain's native dormouse has declined by more than a third since the year 2000 according to a new report by wildlife charity, the People's Trust for Endangered Species.

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Black, white and unique: the Malayan tapir struggles for recognition

Two-month old Asahan sucks milk greedily from a bottle. The baby Malayan tapir — his spotty brown juvenile coat already morphing to the distinctive black and white of an adult — was rescued by local villagers who found the displaced animal wandering alone through an oil palm plantation and then ...

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Most humpback whales to be taken off federal endangered species list

Federal authorities are taking most humpback whales off the endangered species list, saying they have recovered enough in the last 40 years to warrant being removed.

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Vaccines May Save Africa’s Rarest Wolves From Extinction

The endangered Ethiopian wolf suffers from high levels of rabies—but a new vaccine trial may help save the species.

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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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