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Category archives for: Biodiversity

Could U.S. Endangered Species Rules Go Extinct?

Once nearly extinct, gray wolves have rebounded in recent years under the Endangered Species Act. In Wisconsin, their numbers grew to around 900 in 2016—a 16 percent increase over the previous year. To James Holte of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, this is not good news. “As wolf populations continue to increase, interactions between farmers, their livestock, rural residents, and […]

Urban butterfly declines 69% compared to 45% drop in countryside

Butterflies have vanished from towns and cities more rapidly than from the countryside over the past two decades, according to a new study. Industrial agriculture has long been viewed as the scourge of butterflies and other insects but city life is worse – urban butterfly abundance fell by 69% compared to a 45% decline in rural areas over […]

Famous Frog Toughie Dies, Sending Species to Extinction

And then there were none. Toughie, the world's last Rabbs' fringe-limbed tree frog and a symbol of the extinction crisis, has died at his home in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The famed frog's age is unknown, but he's at least 12 years old, and likely older, because he was an adult when collected in 2005. Mark Mandica, […]

Giant Pandas, Symbol of Conservation, Are No Longer Endangered

HONOLULU, HAWAII efforts to save the giant panda, a worldwide symbol of wildlife conservation for half a century, are paying off: The black-and-white bear is no longer endangered, the international body for species protection said on Sunday. Native to Chinese bamboo forests, the panda was upgraded from endangered to vulnerable on the Red List of Threatened Species, […]

Critical Reefs Destroyed in Poachers’ Quest for World’s Biggest Clams

PUERTO PRINCESA, PHILIPPINES Biologist Ed Gomez was in his office at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute about 25 years ago when the phone rang. The woman on the line told him she worked as a broker and had a client who wanted to buy some of the young giant clams his team […]

South Africa Sees Record Year for Rhino Poaching

More than 1,200 rhinos were illegally killed in 2014 in the country. South Africa, home to the overwhelming majority of the world’s wild rhinos, saw more of the animals poached last year than ever before, its government announced on Thursday. There were 1,215 rhinos illegally killed in the country in 2014, a 21 percent increase […]

After Oil Spill in Bangladesh’s Unique Mangrove Forest, Fears About Rare Animals

Oil from a wrecked tanker is creating a disaster in the waters of Bangladesh’s Sundarbans, the largest contiguous tidal mangrove forest in the world and a haven for a spectacular array of species, including the rareIrrawaddy and Gangetic dolphins and the highly endangered Bengal tiger.  “This catastrophe is unprecedented in the Sundarbans, and we don’t know how to tackle this,” […]

800+ Species added to IUCN Threatened List

Experts have added 817 species to the threatened categories of the IUCN Red List in the latest update. Those added include 51 mammals—mostly lemurs—and over 400 plants. The new update finds that over 90 percent of lemurs and 79 percent of temperate slipper orchids are threatened with extinction. “What was most surprising about this assessment […]

Obama Announces Plan to Create World’s Largest Ocean Reserve

Obama’s proposal would expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the central Pacific from around 87,000 square miles to nearly 782,000 square miles (225,000 to 2 million square kilometers). It would make the monument the largest protected area on the planet—either on land or in the sea—and two times larger than the currently largest protected […]

New breeding technique to save wallabies and kangaroos

It involves transferring joeys from the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby and the tammar wallaby into the pouches of common wallaby species. Marsupial reproduction specialists hope the fostering technique will lead to a six-fold increase in breeding rates. The University of Newcastle’s Professor John Rodger says taking the offspring means the endangered females are able to […]

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