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Giant Panda Numbers Go Up As Conservation Efforts Continue

The endangered status of giant pandas has further been eased as the rare species continue to reproduce. Officials from China told a state media that the number of giant pandas in the wild has doubled in the past few decades.

Animals August 21, 2018

Mass Mortality Of Sea Turtles In Florida Likely Caused By Longest Red Tide Event Since 2006

Almost a hundred stranded sea turtles have been recovered in beaches around Southwest Florida, possibly because of an ongoing algal bloom. The organism responsible for the red tide is notorious for causing massive fish kills and human respiratory problems.

Animals July 27, 2018

Eight Endangered Black Rhinos Die In Relocation Attempt In Kenya

Eight critically endangered black rhinos have died following a translocation attempt. The deaths are unprecedented as such efforts have been done in past years with little mortality.

Animals July 14, 2018

Icelandic Whalers Possibly Killed Endangered Blue Whale, Say It Was A Hybrid

Did Icelandic whalers kill a blue whale or a hybrid blue/fin whale? Photographs from the current whaling season suggest the whalers might have killed a protected species.

Animals July 13, 2018

Palm Oil Production Is Driving Endangered Species To Extinction

Palm oil production is behind 9 percent of the world's deforestation between 1990 and 2008, driving plants and animals to extinction due to habitat loss. What are the other effects of palm oil production?

Earth/Environment June 28, 2018

Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Trafficking Of Sperm Whale Teeth From Ukraine

A Connecticut man admitted to illegal whale teeth trafficking between 2004 and 2008. Sperm whales are considered an endangered species and are protected under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Animals June 8, 2018

Rare Iberian Lynx Released In Portugal 2 Years Ago Seen In Catalonia

Litio, the 4-year-old Iberian lynx, was finally spotted two years after his release. He was found in a region that has not seen the species for over a hundred years.

Animals June 3, 2018

Unusual Japanese Flower, Rare Great Ape, And One-Celled Protist Among Top 10 New Species of 2018

The IISE has released its list of Top 10 New Species of 2018. Among these are the world’s most endangered great ape, a heterotrophic flower, and a eukaryotic protist.

May 29, 2018

Australian Marsupials That Die After Sex Are Now Endangered, And Humans Share The Blame

Two species of antechinus, best known for males dying after reproduction, are now on the endangered list. However, it is not their suicidal reproduction method that is threatening their survival.

Animals May 20, 2018

Footage Suggests Tourist Hauled Dying Dolphin Over His Shoulder To Bring It Home

A video showed a tourist hauling a dying dolphin over his shoulder. Witnesses said that the man put the struggling animal in his car and drove away. Authorities ensured that punishment is in place as soon as the tourist is identified.

Animals May 4, 2018

Rare River Shark Species Not Seen In A Decade Found On Sale In A Fish Market

The Ganges river shark is one of the top 20 most threatened shark species, and it is in the IUCN Red List. Someone took a picture of the elusive creature on sale at the Sassoon Dock fish market in India.

Animals April 21, 2018

Green-Haired Turtle That Breathes Through Its Genitals Now An Endangered Species Due To Pet Trade

The Mary river turtle became an extremely popular pet before it was formally described in 1994. It was already endangered when it was recognized as a species. What made the reptile particularly vulnerable to population decline?

Animals April 13, 2018

Technology Used To Detect Galaxies Can Be Used To Catch Poachers And Protect Endangered Animals Too

Astronomers and ecologists are working together to repurpose a galaxy-hunting tool into a poacher-hunting tool to help save endangered species. Scheduled for several forthcoming trials, the tool relies on thermal signatures and machine learning software.

Animals April 4, 2018

Photo Captures Giant Whale Shark Looming Beneath Boat Full Of Tourists

A photo taken at the Ningaloo Reef in Australia showed a giant whale shark with its mouth open swimming underneath a boat with passengers and some think the photo is a fake. Is it?

Animals March 8, 2018

The Bornean Orangutan Population Was Halved From 1999 To 2015: Can The Critically Endangered Species Bounce Back?

A team of researchers calculated that the Bornean orangutan population dropped by about 148,500 from 1999 to 2015. Will the critically endangered species bounce back from the decline, or will it go extinct soon?

Animals February 17, 2018

Climate Change Linked To Massive Die-Off Of Endangered Saiga Antelopes

In 2015, a deadly disease wiped out half of the entire saiga population in Kazakhstan. Scientists suspected that environmental changes triggered such event, and a new study confirmed this theory.

Animals January 18, 2018

Scientists Discover Amazon’s Golden-Crowned Manakin To Be Rare Evolved Hybrids

The golden-crowned manakin was found by scientists to be an “incredibly rare” hybrid after analyzing its DNA. What makes this bird from the Amazon rainforest so special?

Animals December 27, 2017

Scientists Discover Truth Behind Near Extinction Of Sumatran Rhinoceros

Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the Sumatran rhinoceros for the first time. An analysis of the findings, published in the Current Biology journal, revealed a new truth regarding the near extinction of the species.

Animals December 18, 2017

Fishing Nets Threaten Rare Penguins In New Zealand

The population of New Zealand's rare yellow-eyed penguins is already threatened. A recent global review shows that many of them died from drowning after being entangled in fishing nets.

Animals December 2, 2017

New Species Of Orangutan Discovered In Indonesia Could Be Rarest Great Ape

The Tapanuli orangutan was identified as a new species and is the latest addition to the family of great apes. Unfortunately, it will be included in the list of critically endangered species because of its population and the threats it faces.

Animals November 3, 2017

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

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