The extinction risk faced by mammals is often in the limelight. But it may be surprising to learn that next only to primates, chelonians—or turtles and tortoises—are the world’s most imperiled vertebrate group
Increasing tigers' genetic diversity -- via interbreeding and other methods -- and not just their population numbers may be the best solution to saving this endangered species, according to research.
'Little dodo', flightless parrot and giant ibis among species ranked by evolutionary distinctiveness and global extinction risk
China’s wildlife conservation efforts are under scrutiny as scientists battle to save a species found only in a tiny corner of an island in the South China Sea. The Hainan gibbon is the world’s rarest primate and its long-term survival is in jeopardy, according to an analysis.
Quino checkerspot, native to Mexico and California, shifts to higher altitude and chooses new species of plant for laying eggs
The adventuresome geese likely flew some 90 miles over open ocean to reach their new island home.
GANJAM, India, Mar 27 2014 (IPS) - When Olive Ridley sea turtles nest on the beach in his village, little Warthy Raju can barely wait for the millions of hatchlings, with their three-inch shells and thumb-sized heads, to scramble out.
Tapirs are notorious for being one of the most elusive animals in Central America.
TECOPA, Calif. — Under a canopy of gleaming stars, Janet Foley made her way across a dab of marshlands surrounded by harsh Mojave Desert terrain, her headlamp fixed on a live trap the size of a loaf of bread.
Five-year conservation project could revive the population of Cross River gorilla in their only remaining habitat in Africa
Recently, there has been a lot of discussion in the scientific community about whether we should allow some species to go extinct
A critically endangered plant known as marsh sandwort is inching back from the brink of extinction thanks to the efforts of a plant ecologist. Although it used to occur all along the west coast, from San Diego to Washington state, this wetland plant with delicate white flowers had dwindled to on ...
(Phys.org) —A critically endangered plant known as marsh sandwort (Arenaria paludicola) is inching back from the brink of extinction thanks to the efforts of a UC Santa Cruz plant ecologist and her team of undergraduate students.
MUMBAI: Even as conservation efforts at various levels continue to show hope for the future, the latest International Union for Conservation of Nature ( IUCN) Red List of Birds (2013) shows that fifteen bird species in India continue to be critically endangered (CR).
The Javan rhino population has increased by over ten percent from 2012 to last year, according to new figures released by Ujung Kulon National Park.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- New Zealand scientists say they've found, for the first time, an egg of an endangered bird that had been presumed extinct for more than a century.
Dozens of South African rhinos could be moved to Australia in a last-ditch bid to save them from rampant poaching and create an “insurance” population for the species.
Rain, rats and fire ants threaten the survival of the rare Tahiti monarch, despite a record best year for its conservation
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A planned dam across the Mekong River in Laos could threaten the existence of critically endangered dolphins in downstream Cambodia, conservationists warn.
Regional antelope species, considered a symbol of Israel, marks 3rd year of encouraging increase
Rhinos to be moved from South Africa to Botswana in anti-poaching drive
Fifteen species of birds seen in India have been declared critically endangered by the International Union for Conversation of Nature (IUCN) for 2013. The endangered birds, including the Great Indian Bustard, Siberian Crane, White backed Vulture and Red-headed Vulture, are on the decline, said a ...
PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. officials propose taking the Oregon chub off the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, which would make it the first fish de-listed due to recovery.
KASUR, Pakistan, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- With several species of vultures on the verge of extinction in Pakistan, largely because of veterinary drugs used on cattle, an environmental group is investing in a captive breeding program it hopes will contribute to the recovery of the iconic birds.
The jaguar could soon become extinct in Brazil's tropical Atlantic forest, threatening the shrinking primitive forest itself, Brazilian scientists warn.
Jan. 23, 2014 — Captive breeding of the endangered Key Largo woodrat may not be the best solution to preserve the ecologically important rodent, an animal driven to near extinction by development, a new University of Florida study shows.
Conservationists protest after panel recommends ending bears’ endangered-species listing.
Illegal poaching of South African rhinos spiked by almost 50 percent in 2013, officials in Pretoria announced last Friday.
If the tortoises' shells are marred with numbers and letters, they'll be less appealing to poachers
Israel's biological diversity is declining, says study: a third of plants unique to Israel are vanishing.
LONDON — In a little warm puddle in rural Rwanda, a tiny flower used to grow — a water lily, barely half an inch across.
Conservationists suggest the decline of the critically endangered species has been halted and perhaps reversed
India is scrambling to protect its beleaguered tiger population after several big cats tested positive for a virus common among dogs but deadly to other carnivores, experts said.
Physically and emotionally demanding. That’s how Philipp Henschel, Lion Program Survey Coordinator for the big-cat conservation organization Panthera, describes the six years he and other researchers spent combing the wilds of 17 nations looking for the elusive and rarely studied West African lion.
With a wild population estimated at fewer than 400 individuals, South Africa’s riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) is just a hare’s breath away from extinction.
Even for an imperiled species, the Mangarahara cichlid was on its last fins. The colorful fish was thought to have vanished from the wild, and only two individuals remain in captivity—both aging males. But thanks to a serendipitous chain of events, a small population was discovered in Madagascar ...
On the anniversary of a landmark piece of US legislation, four experts weigh in on what has worked and what needs to change.
The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), perhaps the most well-known of Madagascar’s endemic animals, is facing a "very high" risk of extinction in the wild.
Yellowstone National Park grizzly bears could be removed from the Endangered Species list after a new federal report revealed that the bears are not threatened by the loss of one of their main foods, whitebark pine nuts.
(Phys.org) —As the Endangered Species Act nears its 40th birthday at the end of December, conservation biologists are coming to terms with a danger not foreseen in the early 1970s: global climate change.
The northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita), also called the hermit ibis or waldrapp, is a migratory bird.
The number of threatened species on the IUCN Red List has grown by 352 since this summer, according to an update released today.
National symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes victim of country's long-running war, IUCN says
NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- An all but forgotten species of ape is threatened by human activity and habitat loss, an assessment by U.S., African and European wildlife researchers found.
MEMBERS of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Iguana Specialist Group (ISG), which met in the island last week, are resolute that they will not abandon hope that Goat Islands will be the final habitat for the Jamaican iguana.
More than a million tourists visited Jamaica last year. The vast majority of them traveled to the famous hotels and beaches of Kingston, the country’s capital city. Few, if any, ventured about 25 kilometers to the west to the rocky limestone shores of Hellshire Hills.
Puppet shows, posters and children’s activities that draw from local traditions are helping to save an endangered monkey in China.
Much of my time as an ecology lecturer has been spent teaching students about the wonders of this planet’s biodiversity, but also regrettably, how much of this biodiversity is under severe threat. Hundreds, if not thousands, of species become extinct each year.
The bay cat is arguably the world's least-known member of the cat family (Felidae). Although first described by scientists in 1874, no photo existed of a living specimen until 1998 and a wild cat in its rainforest habitat wasn't photographed until five years later.
A major premise of biology, as any high-schooler can tell you, is the study of the connections between organisms.