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Captive Breeding No Help to Endangered Woodrat

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.

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Yellowstone grizzlies face losing protected status

Conservationists protest after panel recommends ending bears’ endangered-species listing.

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Worst Year on Record for South African Rhinos

Illegal poaching of South African rhinos spiked by almost 50 percent in 2013, officials in Pretoria announced last Friday.

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Conservationist Are Resorting to Branding Endangered Tortoises

If the tortoises' shells are marred with numbers and letters, they'll be less appealing to poachers

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Two-thirds of all mammals in Israel are in danger of extinction

Israel's biological diversity is declining, says study: a third of plants unique to Israel are vanishing.

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Tiny, beautiful African water lily species narrowly survives extinction but is now the target of thieves

LONDON — In a little warm puddle in rural Rwanda, a tiny flower used to grow — a water lily, barely half an inch across.

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European eels caught in record numbers for third year running

Conservationists suggest the decline of the critically endangered species has been halted and perhaps reversed

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India's tigers dying amid canine virus outbreak

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.

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Shocking Study Finds Lions are Nearly Extinct in West Africa

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.

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New Population of Critically Endangered Rabbits Found in (of All Places) a Nature Reserve

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.

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New Hope for an Endangered Fish in Madagascar

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 ...

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Conservation: The Endangered Species Act at 40

On the anniversary of a landmark piece of US legislation, four experts weigh in on what has worked and what needs to change.

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Madagascar's most famous lemur facing big threats

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.

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Grizzlies should stay on Endangered Species list, some scientists say

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.

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Climate research provides roadmap for endangered species preservation

(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.

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Reversing local extinction: scientists bring the northern bald ibis back to Europe after 300 years

The northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita), also called the hermit ibis or waldrapp, is a migratory bird.

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Over 350 species added to the IUCN Red List's threatened categories in the last six months

The number of threatened species on the IUCN Red List has grown by 352 since this summer, according to an update released today.

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Forest giraffe on the brink of extinction, red list warns

National symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes victim of country's long-running war, IUCN says

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'Forgotten' African ape at risk from habitat loss, poaching

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.

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'We will not give up!’

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.

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Jamaican Iguana Conservation Program Marks 20 Years of Success, Faces Worries about Next 20 Years

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.

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Kids' stories and new stoves protect the golden snub-nosed monkey in China

Puppet shows, posters and children’s activities that draw from local traditions are helping to save an endangered monkey in China.

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Into the jungles of Papua New Guinea: a personal journey

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.

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World's most cryptic feline photographed in logging concession

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.

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Scientists: to save the Malayan tiger, save its prey

A major premise of biology, as any high-schooler can tell you, is the study of the connections between organisms.

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Scientist wants to clone Italy's rarest bear

With only 40 Marsican brown bears left in Italy, the species is on the brink of extinction. One scientist has a controversial plan to prevent its extinction - to clone it. And, he doesn't want to stop there.

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Human impact on sea turtles shows up in studies of genetic diversity

ADELAIDE, Australia, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- DNA studies of endangered sea turtles point to loss of genetic diversity caused by recent human exploitation, Australian scientists say.

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790 rhinos poached in South Africa this year

790 rhinos have been poached in South Africa this year, nearly a fifth higher than last year's record toll, reports the Department of Environmental Affairs.

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Mongolia’s Wild Asses Cornered From All Sides

SOUTHERN GOBI REGION, Mongolia , Oct 24 2013 (IPS) - Decades of international and local collaboration have brought the Tahki or Asian Wild Horse back from the brink of extinction and reintroduced herds to Mongolia’s Gobi desert and grasslands. However, the country’s other wild equine – the Mongo ...

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WWF risking Sumatran rhinos by releasing camera trap images, says scientist

On October 2nd, WWF released camera trap videos of Sumatran rhinos surviving in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo.

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Dark secrets of a black beauty

The tragic killing of another black leopard highlights the need for greater conservation

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African gorillas are under threat from oil survey

Controversial aerial surveys aimed at finding oil under Africa's oldest national park have been started by a British company amid fears that drilling in the area could seriously threaten the world's last sanctuary for mountain gorillas.


10th World Wilderness Congress (WILD10)

4 - 10 October 2013, Salamanca, Spain

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X Rhino horn poaching hits new record in South Africa

The number of rhinos killed by poachers has hit a new annual record in South Africa, raising worries of a downward population spiral in a country that is home to almost all of Africa's rhinos.

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Genetic modification proposed to save endangered species

Genetic modification of animals so that they can deal with changing climate and habitats may be the only way to save some of the most endangered species from becoming extinct, according to biologists who want to start a debate on how to stem species loss.

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Jamaican iguana fights off extinction again

The rare Jamaican iguana is fighting for survival as the illegal charcoal burning industry in Jamaica destroys its last remaining habitat. The lizard almost went extinct in the 1940s - can it survive this new threat?

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Evidence of dugongs, endangered marine species, found off Okinawa

OKINAWA, Japan, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Japanese officials said they've found evidence dugongs, an endangered marine species has been feeding at a reclamation site in Okinawa.

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Ground zero for endangered species: new program to assist animals on the brink across Southeast Asia

Organizations within the international conservation community are joining forces to minimize impending extinctions in Southeast Asia, where habitat loss, trade and hunting have contributed to a dramatic decline in wildlife.

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Smarter Construction of Railways and Fences Needed to Reduce Threats to Endangered Antelopes in Central Asia

Bonn, 26 August 2013- The recovery of the critically-endangered saiga antelope – among the world’s oldest mammal species – faces serious challenges from new railways, roads and fences currently being constructed across Central Asia.

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Australian endangered species: Gulbaru Gecko

You may not have heard of the Gulbaru Gecko but you’d love it if you met it. Ancient and spectacular, this endangered gecko has one of the smallest distributions of any Australian animal.

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Loggers Get the OK to Kill Endangered Spotted Owls

The Endangered Species Act exists to protect biodiversity. It can only work when species listed as endangered are actually afforded the protections guaranteed to them in the Act. Unfortunately these days, even earning classification as an endangered species doesn’t always mean safety from harm.

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Captive Breeding Program May Ensure Survival for African Frogs

Thousands of frog species worldwide are losing habitat due to deforestation and an amphibian disease caused by a type of fungus called “chytrid fungus.” The fungus grows on the frogs’ skin and causes sloughing skin and extreme lethargy. The changes to the frogs’ skin can be deadly, because frogs ...

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Threatened species: we do have time to turn it around if there is political will

7 September is looming as a day of reckoning for dozens of MPs fighting for their political lives. But while political defeat can be unpleasant, it does not compare with the tragic finality of the extinction of a whole species.

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Endangered Giant Ibis found in Cambodia

Phnom Penh – Jubilant conservationists expressed hope on Tuesday for the survival of the critically-endangered Giant Ibis after a nest of the bird species was discovered in a previously unknown habitat in northeastern Cambodia.

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Australian endangered species: Leatherback Turtle

Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are the largest, oldest and most widely distributed of the world’s marine turtles.

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Rare Monkey Population up 50 Percent in China and Tibet

Two decades ago just 50 black snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti) lived in the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China.

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Why cute viral videos are bad for endangered animals

It's difficult to directly link viral videos to increased pet trade, but the illegal business appears to be getting worse and videos and photos on the web confirm it.

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Officials encouraged by growing numbers of endangered primate in China

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The number of China's snub-nosed monkeys, among the world's most endangered primates, increased from 2,000 to more than 3,000 since the 1990s, officials said.

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Canadian-born snow leopard leaves legacy for endangered Asian species

The phrase sounds odd, but she was a great Canadian snow leopard — a ghostly feline of Himalayan heritage born amid some hoopla at the Calgary Zoo in 1993 before spending a few years prowling her enclosure at the Valley Zoo in Edmonton.

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