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Northern white rhino dies at San Diego Safari Park; only three others remain

ESCONDIDO, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- One of the world's last remaining northern white rhinos died Sunday in Southern California, officials said.

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San Diego Zoo and a sanctuary in Kenya announce plan to save northern white rhinos

An ambitious, scientifically-complex plan aimed at saving one of the world's most endangered species -- the northern white rhino -- was announced Thursday by the San Diego Zoo and the Ol Pejeta Sanctuary in Kenya.

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World’s most elusive shark found and tagged for the first time

They are one of the most elusive sharks ever. Lurking in murky tropical rivers, no live adults had ever been seen before.

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ASAP: reversing decline of critically endangered species in Southeast Asia

Species in Southeast Asia are in crisis. Compared with most other regions, Southeast Asian countries — Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam — have a higher proportion of species that are categorized as threatened on ...

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Vitamin supplements could save critically endangered kakapo

They make an eccentric pair. The world’s heaviest parrot – which also happens to be flightless – depends on the berries of a tall conifer tree for breeding, but the rimu tree can go for years without producing any fruit at all.

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Indonesia blazes threaten endangered orangutans

The world’s only wild orangutans — already besieged by logging, hunting, pet trading and the steady expansion of palm-oil plantations — are now threatened by forest fires that have burned for months on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in southeast Asia.

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Macedonia dam faces the axe over risk of Balkan lynx extinction

Controversial €100m hydropower project likely to lose funding after Bern Convention warns of ‘decisive negative impact’ on the critically endangered lynx

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Protected California salmon numbers drop as drought warms water

The number of young winter run Chinook salmon in the Sacramento River is considerably lower so far this year than in 2014, federal authorities said, prompting concerns that the drought is making it harder for the endangered species to recover.

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Turtle doves, puffins one step closer to extinction

GLAND, Switzerland, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The International Union for Conservation of Nature has declared the Atlantic puffin and European turtle dove "vulnerable" to global extinction and added them to its Red List of threatened species this week.

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Four UK bird species including puffins 'face extinction'

Puffins are among four UK bird species now at risk of extinction, according to the latest revision of a global conservation database.

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Vultures nearing extinction in Africa

Carnivorous birds, which help stem spread of disease by eating carcasses that would otherwise rot, targeted by poachers

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Puget Sound orcas welcome sixth baby born to endangered pods this year

Puget Sound’s endangered resident orcas have welcomed yet another new addition.

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New colonies of Leadbeater's possum discovered in logging forests

The politically sensitive and critically endangered Leadbeater's possum, which is also happens to be Victoria's animal emblem, is again proving a challenge with the discovery of dozens of new colonies in forests on Melbourne's northern doorstep that are open to logging.

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How We Decide Which Animals Become Endangered

The idea of extinction is pretty straightforward — a species is there, until it’s not. But modern attitudes towards endangerment and extinction are hardly that simple. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that the idea of endangered animals didn’t even exist.

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The Muriqui: Brazil’s critically endangered “hippie monkey” hangs tough

Muriquis often start their day by hugging one another. The Brazilian monkeys can become so entwined in lanky arms and prehensile tails, around tree limbs and each other, that it’s hard to tell them apart.

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Encounter With World’s Rarest Ocean Mammal Thrills Scientists

Scientists feared they were on a grim mission. Biologists searching Mexico's Sea of Cortez for the world's most endangered marine mammal—a tiny porpoise called the vaquita—worried they might already be too late.

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A Shifting Approach to Saving Endangered Species

When the Obama administration announced last month that it would not add the greater sage grouse to the endangered species list, some conservation groups predictably criticized the ruling.

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Peregrine falcon population sees record growth in Quebec

As the list of endangered animals grows longer each year, at least one species' situation is improving: The peregrine falcon.

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UK team germinates critically endangered Japanese birch

UK scientists have successfully germinated seeds from the critically endangered Japanese Birch, a species that has just 21 known trees remaining.

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Welsh adventurer to traverse Madagascar on foot for lemurs

What do you after completing the world’s first unsupported trek across Mongolia? Well, if you’re Welsh adventurer, Ash Dykes, you walk the length of Madagascar to help publicize the plight of vanishing lemurs.

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Could a new map save the Sumatran rhino?

Researchers have identified and mapped five priority sites that can be used to focus conservation efforts and bring back the Critically Endangered Sumatran rhinos from the brink of extinction.

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Sumatran rhinos likely to become extinct, conservationists warn

Conservation group IUCN wants Indonesia and international donors to take urgent action to save ‘weirdest of all rhinos’

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Unlikely allies are joining the quest to save the imperiled sage grouse

When male birds emerge each spring in clearings called leks, they strut and cluck and puff their strange chests. They flare their tail feathers, do combat with competitors, whatever it takes to win the heart of one of those sweet little hens who seem to be barely paying attention.

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Decision Looms on Fate of Declining American Eels

Eels used to be widespread throughout the eastern coast of North America, stretching from Greenland as far south as Brazil.

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India Opens First-Ever Vultures-Only Restaurant in an Attempt to Save Them From Extinction

The rapidly declining population of white-backed vultures in India has been a cause of concern for several decades.

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