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Ontario Man Ippolit Bodounov Fined $15,000 For Trying To Smuggle Bag Of Leeches From Russia To Canada

Niagara Falls-native Ippolit Bodounov pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 4,000 of medical leeches into Canada last year. He violated the country's Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act.

Life & Style May 29, 2019

Tam, Last Surviving Male Sumatran Rhino In Malaysia Dies

Wildlife experts mourn the loss of Tam, the only remaining male Sumatran rhinoceros in Malaysia. Tam's death is a huge blow to conservation efforts, given that the species is already considered a critically endangered species in the world.

Animals May 28, 2019

Giant Basking Sharks Spotted In Numbers Not Seen Decades

Are the giant basking sharks making a population comeback? After years of occasional sightings, recent sightings catch the sharks in numbers not seen in decades.

Animals May 10, 2019

PETA Under Fire For Criticizing Steve Irwin Google Doodle

PETA is taking a lot of heat online after the organization criticized Steve Irwin in a tweet. The controversial tweet came after Google honored Irwin on what would have been his 57th birthday.

Feature | Science February 24, 2019

Even ‘Certified’ Palm Oil Is Unsustainable: Study Reveals Misleading Claims On Eco-Friendly Practices

Deforestation rates have increased in the past decade amid the sustainability classification of major palm oil forests. Researchers urged the stakeholders to consider other alternatives to mitigate its negative effects on environment and people.

Earth/Environment December 10, 2018

In The Name Of Conservation, Animals Now Have Their Own Facebook

Wildlife conservation found an ally in Wildbook, an open-source software that tracks and collects wildlife data from sites such as YouTube and Flickr. The AI-powered tool enhances research collaboration and efforts to prevent species extinction.

Animals June 26, 2018

Leopard That Snatched Toddler In Uganda Safari Park Remains At Large

A leopard that attacked a toddler remains roaming in the wild. Wildlife authorities said the animal needs to be transferred to a more tamed location because of the threat it poses.

Animals May 9, 2018

It's Normal For Alligators And Mountain Lions To Show Up In Unexpected Places, Study Says

A new study claims that it is normal to spot alligators on beaches and mountain lions away from mountains. The appearance of animals in unexpected places is caused by wildlife conservation efforts and is good for both animals and humans.

Animals May 8, 2018

European Salamander Falls Prey To Deadly Fungus, And Scientists Worry About Its Future

Fire salamanders In Europe are facing possible extinction due to a skin-eating fungal disease. Infected amphibians rapidly succumb to the deadly Asian fungus, which could even reach the United States through the pet trade.

Animals April 21, 2017

Ingenious Solution To Coral Bleaching Crisis: 3D-Printed Reefs Could Repopulate The Ocean

As conservationists struggle to save endangered reefs worldwide, 3D-printed corals seem to offer a viable solution for the protection of marine ecosystems. This technology enables scientists to engineer perfect replicas of natural reefs, providing homes for new coral polyps.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2017

Palm Beach Kicks Off Sea Turtle Nesting Season, Urges Marine Life Protection

Loggerhead turtle nesting season is here, and conservationists are making arduous attempts to preserve marine life reproduction grounds. Palm Springs is once again the center of attention as one of the most reputed sea turtle nesting habitats in the world.

Animals March 3, 2017

LOOK: Zoos Engage in Intense Twitter 'Cute Animal Tweet Off'

The National Zoo triggered an intense Twitter battle that had many people hooked. Various zoos across the country as well as abroad sent in their submissions for the #CuteAnimalTweetOff

Viral January 29, 2017

Trekking The Great Outdoors: How Recreation In Protected Areas Has Negative Effects On Wildlife

Exploring the great outdoors and engaging in recreational activities in nature have been proven to have a positive impact on overall health and wellness. But recreation in protected areas also has negative effects on wildlife.

Earth/Environment December 25, 2016

Oh, The Irony: Report Suggests Trophy Hunting Lions Can Actually Conserve The Species

Many oppose hunting lions, which was evident in the uproar that followed the killing of Cecil the lion. However, researchers are saying that trophy hunting can actually be good for the lions and their habitat.

Animals September 27, 2016

Worst Status In 25 Years: African Elephants Suffer Major Decline In Population

A new report confirms a grim outlook for the population of African elephants: the species has suffered a major decline in the last 10 years. Experts are seeking out proposals to strengthen the conservation of the species.

Animals September 25, 2016

Scientists Find One True Wolf In The North, But There Is A Problem

The gray wolf (Canis lupus) is considered as the one 'true' wolf species in North America, a new study suggests. How can this affect the Endangered Species Act?

Animals July 28, 2016

13 Bird Species In Indonesia At Risk Of Extinction Due To Illegal Pet Trade

The rampant and illegal pet trade of birds in Indonesia is threatening to wipe out at least 13 bird species in the country, a new report revealed. Conservationists call for stricter law enforcement to save the birds.

Animals May 27, 2016

Amazon Agrees To Stop Selling Animal Specimen And Hunting Equipment

A wildlife group's petition has urged Amazon to stop the trade of animal specimen and hunting equipment that further endangers animals in the wild. Amazon India confirms the removal of 400 items from its website.

Animals May 24, 2016

Petition Urges Amazon To Stop Selling Wildlife Specimens

Wildlife SOS launched an online petition to stop Amazon from selling wildlife specimens and hunting gear, such as snares and leghold traps. This NGO in India also urged the U.S.-based retailer to take down DIY books about hunting traps.

Animals May 16, 2016

As Historic Range Occupied By Leopards Shrinks, Experts Call For Increased Conservation Efforts

The extensive range occupied by leopards all over the world have decreased by 75 percent over the years, a comprehensive report revealed. Scientists call for stronger conservation efforts and awareness about the plight of the big cats.

Animals May 5, 2016

This Is Why Wildlife Officials Denied Species Protection To West Coast Fishers

Months after proposing to declare West Coast fishers as endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on April 14 declared that the animal's population is not threatened.

Animals April 17, 2016

Giant Panda Poo Study To Aid Species Conservation

With the help of Britain’s two giant Pandas, scientists will examine excrements to better understand these species’ eating habits. Doing so will also aid species conservation.

Animals April 14, 2016

Rare Sumatran Rhino Najaq Dies Only A Few Days After Rediscovery In Indonesia

A rare Sumatran rhino spotted in Kalimantan died of leg infection. International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned that these rhino species are at risk of extinction, with only about 100 of them in the wild.

Earth/Environment April 7, 2016

Doubling The Number Of Tigers Is Not A Wild Idea: It Is Possible By 2022, A New Study Suggests

Wildlife researchers find enough habitats for tigers to proliferate, doubling their number by 2022. There are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild today.

Earth/Environment April 2, 2016

Orphaned Louisiana Black Bear Cub Soon To Have Foster Mother

An orphaned Louisiana black bear cub is slowly regaining his health and will even soon have a foster mother. This adds to the good news of the animal being removed from the endangered species list out of continuing conservation efforts.

Earth/Environment March 14, 2016

Facebook Groups Used As Marketplace For Wildlife Trade, Facilitating Illegal Traffic Of Endangered Animals

Environmentalist research company Traffic presented a report showing that a lot of the illegal wildlife trafficking in Malaysia happens via Facebook Groups. The numbers are worrying and the social media company promised to take action against the trend.

Legal March 3, 2016

Humans Speed Up Evolution By Encouraging Disappearance Of Younger Species

Introducing new species into an ecosystem speeds up the naturally slow process of evolution. However, this has several consequences for the ecology of the ecosystem, scientists said.

Animals February 24, 2016

Wildlife Park Prepares To Start Breeding Polar Bears

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is working with Highland Wildlife Park on a polar bear breeding program. Polar bears Arktos and Victoria are being paired up in this animal conservation effort.

Earth/Environment February 20, 2016

This Is How Scientists Could Bring Back Galápagos Tortoise From Extinction

Scientists have recently planned to breed tortoises from Chelonoidis donfaustoi to genetically match the DNA of the Pinta tortoises. These Galápagos tortoise species became extinct when Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta tortoises, died in 2012.

Earth/Environment December 17, 2015

Captive Panda Matings Most Successful When Partners Can Choose Each Other, Researchers Find

The notoriously difficult challenge of getting pandas in captivity to mate could be overcome by letting the animals indicate their choice of a partner, researchers suggest. Pandas who select each other are the most successful in producing cubs, they say.

December 16, 2015

In A Veterinary First, Seven Puppies Conceived Through In Vitro Fertilization Are Born

IFV births in dogs, which has eluded researchers for decades, has been accomplished in Cornell University labs. The technique could prove useful in wildlife conservation, helping save endangered species of wild dogs, wolves and foxes, researchers say.

December 10, 2015

Australia Threatens Legal Action Over Japan's Resumption Of Antarctic Whaling

Australia threatens to take Japan to court over its plans to once again hunt whales in the Southern Ocean. Commercial whaling has been banned since 1986; Japan says it conducts 'scientific whaling' under an exemption to that ban.

December 8, 2015

Poor Protection Of Habitats Puts Migratory Birds At Risk In Their Journeys, Study Finds

International collaboration on protection efforts are needed for migratory birds that cross borders on their migrations, a study suggests. Ninety percent of the world's migratory species are inadequately protected, researchers say.

December 4, 2015

Australian Zoo Announces Birth of Rare Francois' Langur Monkey

A bright orange Francois' Langur monkey, one of the world's rarest monkey was born in Taronga zoo. It is listed in the world's endangered species as its population declined by 50 percent in the last 36 years.

Animals November 30, 2015

Culprit In Mysterious Snake Die-Off ID'd: There's A Fungus Among Them

Researchers identify a fungus causing disease and death in wild snakes in nine U.S. snakes. Disease is affecting seven snake species important to ecosystems, they report.

November 25, 2015

Record Number Of Stranded Seal Pups Found On California Beaches

Malnourished northern fur seal pups showed up on California beaches. The impact of ocean water changes on food supplies is likely the reason, experts suggest.

November 23, 2015

Everyone Loves Bindi Irwin On 'Dancing With The Stars' – Here Are Things You May Not Know About The Crocodile Hunter's Daughter

We know that Bindi Irwin can sing, act and dance blindfolded – but did you know that she once received a cheetah for her birthday, or that her least favorite subject is Math? Here is a list of things you might not have known about the young conservationist.

Movies/TV Shows November 12, 2015

Next 20 Years Could See Africa's Lion Population Drop By Half, Experts Say

Loss of habitat and conflict with humans is causing lion numbers in Africa to dwindle, study finds. Except in managed reserves, numbers are dropping througout much of the continent, conservationists say.

October 27, 2015

Sighting Of Sixth Newborn Orca Calf In Puget Sound Delights Conservationists

Newborn orca brought the population of orcas living around Puget Sound in Washington to a healthy 83, researchers say. Newest calf spotted swimming with its mother by whale researchers.

October 26, 2015

Ecotourism Can Harm Wildlife: Study Says It May Harm Wild Animals’ Survival Instincts

A recent study in California revealed that ecotourism has several harmful effects to wild animals. Wildlife scientists look into evidence of behavioral alteration within these wild animals.

Earth/Environment October 10, 2015

Whale Carcass Found Washed Up At Fremont Wildlife Refuge

A dead whale turned up near Fremont in California, adding to the several dead whales appearing in the Bay Area this year.

Society September 28, 2015

In Conservation Efforts, Google Launches A Virtual Street View of Kenya's Samburu National Reserve

Panning across almost 65 square miles, a new virtual tour of Kenya's Samburu National Reserve looks to reignite conservation and anti-poaching efforts in the area.

Internet September 15, 2015

US Government Promises Millions For Fight To Save Monarch Butterflies

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will spend millions to restore habitats for the monarch butterfly. Agriculture, deforestation and development have hit the iconic orange-and-black butterflies hard.

August 25, 2015

Study Says US Plan To Kill Cormorants May Have No Effect On Fish

A new report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service suggests that killing cormorants has no effect on the decreasing population of endangered fish. With this, conservationists demand an investigation into the federal agency's approval of bird killings.

Earth/Environment August 13, 2015

Cameras Embedded In Rhino Horns Could Help Stop Illegal Poaching

Non-profit conservationist org Protect created a device to monitor wildlife activity and notify authorities for any signs of poaching. The device involves a heart rate monitor, GPS and a video camera. The group plans to save other animals with the use of this device.

Earth/Environment July 26, 2015

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