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3 New Toad Species Are Just Discovered In Nevada, And They Are Already Under Threat

Three new toad species emerged in Nevada’s Great Basin from a 10-year survey, and things aren't looking so good for all of them. The newly discovered Dixie Valley toad is deemed already threatened by a proposed geothermal energy project.

Animals July 24, 2017

25 Years After Entering Endangered List, Karner Blue Butterfly Thrives And Exceeds Recovery Targets

In a successful butterfly species recovery story, the Karner blue butterfly continues to grow in numbers in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve in New York. A little more push and it could leave the endangered species list.

Animals July 21, 2017

Preliminary Necropsy Results Of Right Whales Found In Gulf Of St. Lawrence Uncover Evidence Of Ship Collision

Scientists performing necropsy on the Seven Right Whale carcasses found in June reveal preliminary results. Evidence of ship collisions discovered but other causes not ruled out.

Animals July 16, 2017

London Natural History Museum Unveils 'Hope' The Blue Whale As Its Newest Attraction

The London National History Museum has unveiled 'Hope' the blue whale as the new centerpiece for its atrium. It will replace the much-loved 'Dippy' the dinosaur, which had been on display in the museum for more than 100 years.

Animals July 14, 2017

Biologists Probe 'Unprecedented' Loss, Mysterious Death Of Endangered Right Whales

Six dead right whales appeared in the waters of Canada. No reason for the deaths or any apparent clue has been provided, and biologists deemed them a huge loss for the endangered species.

Animals June 29, 2017

Feds Remove Endangered Species Protection For Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

After four decades of protection, Yellowstone grizzly bears will no longer be listed under endangered species in the United States, the federal government announced. Several wildlife advocates spoke out against the decision.

Animals June 22, 2017

After Being Hunted For A Century, America's Gray Seals Are Making A Comeback

After being hunted to the brink of extinction, New England's seal population is making a comeback. Current estimates put the population in the tens of thousands.

Animals June 15, 2017

The Endangered Species Act Explained, And How Far We've Gone Since Then

May 19 was ‘Endangered Species Day.’ Get to know more about why we must continue to protect threatened wildlife to commemorate the important day and what have been done, so far.

Feature | Science May 21, 2017

Orangutan Moms Are Breastfeeding Champs That Nurse Kids For Up To 9 Years

Orangutans nurse longer than any other mammal, sometimes into the ninth year of life. Find out what drives this long breastfeeding in orangutans and how the food supply affects weaning in these primates.

Animals May 18, 2017

New Zealand’s Penguins Are Fast Disappearing: How Are Penguins Elsewhere In The World Doing - Or Dying?

Just like the yellow-eyed penguin of New Zealand, the already endangered African penguin is also under threat of becoming extinct. More than half of the world’s penguin species are dwindling due to global warming and man’s intrusion in their habitat.

Animals May 17, 2017

Last Male Northern White Rhino Tries Luck On Tinder

Sudan, the last remaining male white rhino on Earth, now has a Tinder account. Viewers can check out Sudan’s Tinder profile and help support the cause of the northern white rhinos, who are now facing extinction.

Animals April 25, 2017

Whale And Boat Collisions Happen More Commonly Than Thought: Study

Collisions between whales and boats are happening more frequently than previously believed, as evidenced by injury marks found on humpback whales. Almost 15 percent of whales coming to New England had scars of vessel strikes.

Animals April 24, 2017

Endangered Right Whales Had Lowest Number Of Births In 17 Years

The number of North American right whales born last winter was only three, the fewest since 2000 and far lower than the average of 17 per year. Whale researchers, though, are optimistic the population of the endangered species can still rebound.

Animals April 13, 2017

Here’s How Growing Almonds Spells Trouble For Honey Bees

Fungicides commonly used in almond orchards can harm honey bees, the tree nut’s very own key pollinator. Learn how the fungicide iprodione is wreaking havoc on this bee population.

Animals March 23, 2017

Cheerios Bee Initiative Backfires: Here’s How To Make Bee Gardens Work

The threat of extinction faced by bees has called for creating gardens that can attract the insects as an antidote to their dwindling population from loss of habitats. Some useful tips may help gardeners create a beautiful bee garden.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2017

China Mega National Park For Siberian Tigers To Dwarf US' Yellowstone National Park

China is setting up a mega national park in the northeastern part of the country bordering Russia with the aim of protecting endangered species like Siberian tigers. The new park is expected to dwarf the United States' Yellowstone National Park

Animals March 14, 2017

This Week, White Rhino And One Of Africa’s Last Great Tusker Elephants Fall To The Poachers

Poachers have killed a white rhino at a French zoo, as well as African elephant Satao II in Kenya. Poaching caters to the illegal activity of ivory trade, which continues to happen in many parts of the world.

Animals March 8, 2017

Half Of Earth’s Species Could Be Extinct By 2100: Biologists

One in five species on Earth is now threatened by extinction and the number could rise to 50 percent by 2100. These are some warnings of experts attending the Biological Extinction workshop at the Vatican this week.

Earth/Environment February 28, 2017

Manatees Seen In Record Numbers In Florida: Should They Be Downlisted From Endangered To Threatened?

An annual aerial survey in Florida reveals that the number of manatees in the state is improving. This has prompted a recurring proposal: to downlist the slow-moving mammal from endangered to threatened species.

Animals February 22, 2017

Extinct Woolly Mammoth Can Be Brought Back To Life, Scientists Reveal

Using the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic engineering technology, a team from Harvard seeks to create a hybrid embryo that can potentially resurrect the woolly mammoth. The basis will be the endangered Asian elephant, the extinct creature's closest living kin.

Animals February 16, 2017

Trump Administration Sued Over Delay In Protecting Vanishing Bumblebee

An environmental group is suing federal officials for delaying the listing of the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species. The group filed the suit Tuesday, insisting that listing is already final as it has already entered the Federal Register.

Animals February 15, 2017

Disease Threatens To Wipe Out Critically Endangered Population Of Saiga Antelope

The critically endangered population of saiga antelope is threatened to be wiped out with the outbreak of a disease that comes from sheep and goats. To save the saiga population from extinction, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists said there is a need for further immunization to include the unaffected population.

Animals February 12, 2017

Hurtling Toward Extinction: Only 30 Of The World’s Smallest Porpoise Remain Today

Scientists warn that only 30 specimens of the vaquita porpoise remain on planet Earth. According to them, humans are fast losing the battle and could lose the 'panda of the sea' despite international efforts.

Animals February 7, 2017

Bumblebees May Be Endangered But It’s Nothing To ‘Bee’ Worried About, Says Entomologist

Despite bumblebees being placed in the U.S. endangered list, entomologist Jeff Whitworth at Kansas State University said there is no reason to worry about the insects going extinct. He also suggested steps that will improve the bumble bees’ population.

Animals February 1, 2017

Female Zebra Shark Separated From Mate Turns Asexual, Develops Ability To Have Babies On Her Own

A rare case of a zebra shark giving birth to pups without a male partner has been reported in Australia. Removed from a male partner and living in isolation for many, the shark surprised all by producing three offsprings.

Animals January 18, 2017

That's Not Really Halibut: Almost Half Of Sushi Served In LA Restaurants Mislabeled

A four-year study found that 47 percent of sushi served at 26 restaurants in Los Angles from 2012 to 2015 was mislabeled. The study also suggests that environmental regulations governing endangered species have also been violated.

Healthy Living/Wellness January 12, 2017

First Time In The US: Bumblebee Species Enters Endangered Species List

For the first time in American history, a bumblebee species, namely the rusty patched bumblebee, has been added to the endangered species list with an astonishing decline over the years.

Animals January 11, 2017

Line Up The Shots: Tequila Helps Revive Embattled Bat Species

Lesser long-nosed bats are proposed to be removed from the edangered species list - and improved agave harvest and cultivation practices in the Mexican tequila industry are deemed key in this development.

Animals January 8, 2017

US Navy Dolphins To Help Save Endangered Vaquita Porpoises From Extinction

Trained bottlenose dolphins will use their natural sonar to locate the elusive vaquita porpoises in the Gulf of California. How can the cetaceans help save the endangered species from possible extinction?

Animals January 4, 2017

Oldest Known Orca J2 Granny Considered Dead

J2 Granny, one of the oldest known killer whales in the world, was last seen in October 2016 and is now presumed dead. How old was she?

Animals January 3, 2017

3 Endangered Hawaiian Crows Found Dead Weeks After Release Into Wild

Animal conservationists in Hawaii are investigating the death of three Hawaiian crows recently released into the wild as part of a breeding program. The birds have been extinct in the wilderness of Hawaii since 2002.

Animals December 29, 2016

Klingon-looking Newt, Dragon-like Lizard, And More: 163 New Species Discovered In Greater Mekong Region In 2015

Conservation group WWF has announced the discovery of nearly 163 new species in the Greater Mekong region. These include include a rainbow-headed snake and a dragon-like lizard.

Animals December 21, 2016

Chimps, Bonobos Swapped Genes In The Past: Ancient Gene Mixing Discovered In Humans’ Closest Relatives

A new study has established that inbreeding and consequent gene mixing between chimpanzees and bonobos did happen in the ancient past. The study with its largest analysis of chimpanzee genomes also gave indicators for conserving apes based on their country of origin.

Animals October 29, 2016

Farmers Hunt Endangered Snow Leopards In Revenge For Attacking Livestock

Humans continue to kill snow leopards despite the endangered animal's declining number. The attacks are often perpetrated in retaliation for the big cats preying on farmers' livestock.

Animals October 22, 2016

Native California Frog Once On The Brink Of Extinction Making A Comeback In Yosemite National Park

The Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog is making a comeback! After hovering on the brink of extinction, the native California frog is enjoying a resurgence in numbers over the past couple of decades.

Animals October 4, 2016

Bees Among 49 Plant And Animal Species In Hawaii Added To Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 49 species of animals and plants to endangered status. Of these, 48 are endemic to Hawaii including the seven species of yellow-faced bees.

Animals October 4, 2016

Hawaii Yellow-Faced Bees To Receive Protection Under Endangered Species Act

Seven species of yellow-faced bee that are native to Hawaii received federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. The listing is the first for any bee in the U.S.

Animals September 30, 2016

World’s Most Trafficked Mammal Gets Trade Protection: Pangolin Trade Officially Banned In 183 Countries

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has stepped in with protective laws for pangolins. As a result, the trade of the scaly mammal is now banned in 183 countries.

Animals September 30, 2016

Rusty-Patched Bumblebees May Soon Join List Of Endangered Species

Wildlife officials in the United States have proposed to place the rusty-patched bumblebee under the protection of the Endangered Species Act. If it happens, the bumblebee will be the first bee species to achieve this status.

Animals September 26, 2016

Russian Scientists Trapped By 10 Polar Bears In Arctic Outpost: Here's What Happened

It's an arctic stakeout. At least 10 polar bears have reportedly 'besieged' a remote Arctic outpost currently housing five Russian scientists. The government is planning to send an emergency delivery to protect both scientists and animals.

Animals September 13, 2016

Experts Declare Giant Pandas No Longer Endangered, But China Objects: Here's Why

The decision of the International Union for Conservation of Nature to upgrade the status of giant pandas from endangered to vulnerable has drawn protests from China. According to China, the downgrade will slacken protection work and inflict irreversible losses on the existing panda habitats.

Animals September 7, 2016

Most Humpback Whales To Be Removed From Endangered Species List: NOAA

NOAA has removed 14 whale populations from its list of endangered species. Despite reaching dangerously low levels in the past, the animals are now recovering thanks to conservation efforts in the past 40 years.

Animals September 7, 2016

Endangered Species List Sees The Removal Of Giant Pandas, Induction Of Eastern Gorillas

The Endangered Species List saw a bit of shift over the weekend. Giant pandas are no longer considered endangered, but eastern gorillas have taken their place and are now considered critically endangered.

Animals September 6, 2016

World's Largest Gorilla Now Listed As 'Critically Endangered'

The Grauer's gorilla, long considered as the largest ape in the world, has now been declared as 'critically endangered' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The population of the gorilla has dwindled because of habitat loss and poaching.

Animals September 5, 2016

Are Channel Island Foxes No Longer At Risk Of Extinction?

Four groups of California island foxes once on the brink of extinction have now bounced back and recovered, wildlife officials said. The population recovery is considered the fastest among endangered mammals.

Animals August 12, 2016

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