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.
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.
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 ...
Himalayan country’s first nationwide survey finds 103 tigers, but WWF warns big cat was facing a crisis elsewhere south-east Asia
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.
A plan to save Australia’s most critically endangered bird has been outlined in the nation’s first threatened species strategy.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some of Europe's endangered and disappeared animals are returning to the continent's diverse habitats with a little help from conservationists.
After announcing devastating elephant losses, a top Tanzanian minister says the poaching crisis has been curtailed.
Governments across Australia are being urged to do more to protect endangered species, amid warnings land clearing and mining are threatening key habitats.
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.
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.
There may be more pygmy sloths than believed, according to a new paper in the Journal of Mammalogy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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 ...
One of the UK's most threatened birds - the bittern - is returning to England and Wales, according to conservationists.
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.
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.
The Siberian tiger population continues to rebound, according to the latest numbers from the subspecies' stronghold in Russia.
New red list classifies 7.5% of all marine species as threatened with extinction in first full assessment of the continent’s oceanic biodiversity
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.
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.
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.
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.
The smallest and rarest marine dolphin in the world could be extinct within 15 years if protection is not stepped up, new research suggests.
A rare bird may become extinct in Syria because of the capture of Palmyra by Islamic State, experts say.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Earth Day 2015, prospects for many of the planet’s most iconic species look bleak
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 ...