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The World's Ten Most Threatened Species

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Javan Rhino
Bamboo Lemur
Bamboo Lemur
Northern Right Whale
Right Whale
Mountain Gorilla
Siberian Tiger
Chinese Giant Salamander
Chinese Giant
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  • Amboseli Trust for Elephants
    Conservation Through
    Knowledge And Awareness

    The Amboseli Trust for Elephants aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy.

    Click for more information.

  • Aspinall Foundation for Animal Conservation
       The Aspinall Foundation   

    An international Animal Conservation Charity in Conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks.

    Mission: to halt extinction of rare and endangered species and return them to the wild where possible.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Cheetah Conservation Fund
    Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF):

    It's the longest-running and most successful conservation project dedicated to cheetah survival.

    Their signature programs, addressing human-wildlife conflict, livelihood development, education and habitat restoration, have stabilized the wild cheetah population of Namibia – the world’s largest — and have helped launch sister programs in several other cheetah range countries. None of this would not be possible without you.

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  • Creatures of the Photo Ark
    Nat Geo Photographer
    Shows His Stuff

    Joel Sartore has traveled the world for more than 25 years, photographing subjects from tiny to terrifying.

    These images are not to be missed.

    Click now and let the show begin.

  • The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
    The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

    Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

    Click to learn more.

  • Endangered Arkive International Charity
    Arkive of Endangered Species

    Explore 15,000 of the world’s endangered species. With over 100,000 photos and videos, discover what these animals, plants and fungi look like, what makes them special and why we should protect them.

    Click now to begin your discovery.

  • Evolutionarily Distinct &Globally Endangered
    Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE)

    The EDGE of Existence program is the only global conservation initiative to focus specifically on threatened species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history.

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  • Extinction Countdown
    Endangered Species News and
    Research Around the World

    See article upon article covering threats to the endangered natural world.

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  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Cons. Commission
    A State Commission
    to Protect Wildlife

    Set up to address fish & wildlife, hunting and game mamagement, fisheries, law enforcement, habitat ans species conservation and more.

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  • Gift the Center for Bio-Diversity
    Show Your Love For Wild-
    life With A Gift Today

    We're counting on the commitment of our members to help our fight to uphold the Endangered Species Act and defend the wild plants, animals and places we all love.

    The Endangered Species Act has an unmatched record of success and has put hundreds of species on the path to recovery, but countless plants and animals are still clinging to existence. Their futures depend on the Center for Biological Diversity and the strength of the Endangered Species Act, and we depend on you.

  • The National Wildlife Property Repository
    The National Wildlife
    Property Repository

    The (NWPR) is a 22,000 square foot office and warehouse located northeast of Denver, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The facility is responsible for receiving wildlife items that have been forfeited or abandoned to the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service.

    By law, these items are stored in a secure environment, many of which are donated to educational facilities, nonprofit organizations, and conservation agencies to aid in teaching about endangered species and other wildlife.

    Click now to learn more.

  • The Nature Conservancy
       The Nature Conservancy   

    Learn about the earth's species and how they are endangered.

    Planet Earth teems with life. And now you can meet some of its stars!

    Click now for their website.

  • Save Our Environment Action Alert!
    It's a National Coalition
    for the Environment

    Humans are generating climate-altering greenhouse gases at a rate that will forever alter our world’s ecosystem...

    Click to learn how to help.

  • Wildlife Conservation Society
    Global Wildlife Conservation

    There Statement: “It’s very simple: We cannot condone the dilution of the role of science in protecting endangered and threatened wildlife,” said WCS President and CEO Cristián Samper.

    Click to learn how to help.

Endangered Species News (For the Past Year)

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  • Rosewood: Another Endangered Species
    Can Forensics Help
    Keep Endangered Rosewood
    Off the Black Market?

    Nov. 3, 2019  (ScienceNews)—Jian Zhong Wang’s home in the southern Chinese city of Nanning is an inviting place. Light spills in through large bay windows, which offer a stunning view of the garden of thick-stemmed banana plants and chest-high cacti. The room is packed with intricately carved furniture: a dining table flanked by eight straight-backed chairs, a coffee table and a settee, plus four armchairs, a desk, a divan and a TV stand. Each piece is made of rosewood.

    “Rosewood furniture is part of our great national culture with over 5,000 years of history,” says Wang, a 60-year-old retired government official who began collecting rosewood more than two decades ago. He’s not alone.

    The furniture is a major status symbol in China, by far the largest importer of rosewood. A canopy bed can fetch as much as $1 million, and an estimated 30,000 companies in China are involved in the rosewood industry, which generated a domestic revenue of over $22 billion in 2014.

  • The Flea May Be Fleeing Great Britain
    Could a British Flea
    Be the Next Casualty
    of the Great Insect Dying?

    Oct. 21, 2019  (TheRevelator)-If a species of bee or butterfly were to vanish from the world, some of us might shed a tear. It’s not an unlikely prospect, as the great insect dying that’s currently underway escalates the chance of losing some of these small but beloved species grows every year.

    But what about a flea? Would the loss of one of nature’s most unloved creations give you reason to mourn?

    That could happen in our lifetimes. Our new study has just added the Manx shearwater flea (Ceratophyllus fionnus) to the tragic procession of threatened insects marching toward extinction.

    Click now to see why we should care.

  • Saving Africa’s Shrinking Giraffe Herds
    A Bold Plan to Save
    Africa’s Shrinking Giraffe Herds

    Oct. 1, 2019 (National Geographic)- Of all the large African mammals that wildlife veterinarian Pete Morkel has had to capture over his career—lions, forest elephants, white rhinos—giraffes are the most stressful.

    “With other animals, you’re trying to give just enough anesthetic to immobilize them, but with a giraffe, we use a total overdose to chemically knock them off their feet,” the sun-leathered 59-year-old tells me as I stalk him stalking a two-year-old female giraffe somewhere in the Nigerien bush, about 60 miles east of Niamey, Niger’s capital.

    Click now for the story
    and some stark images.

  • What Do We Lose When Animals Go Extinct?
    What We Lose When
    Animals Go Extinct

    Sept. 30, 2019 (National Geographic)-Most of the animals shown here are among the more than 28,000 species of animals and plants that the International Union for Conservation of Nature says are threatened with extinction. That number actually understates the risk. Since 1964, when the IUCN established a “red list” of threatened species and began compiling data gathered worldwide, the list has become the preeminent global database of endangered life and an essential tool for conservation policy. Yet the IUCN has been able to assess only about 106,000 species of the more than 1.5 million species of animals and more than 300,000 plants that scientists have described and named—which they estimate is less than a quarter of what’s really out there.

    Click now to read the
    story and view the photographs.

  • Take That, South African Rhino Poachers!
    Texas Hounds Chase Down Rhino Poachers in South Africa

    Sept. 21, 2019  (National Geographic)-Two years ago, Joe Braman was living a regular family life with his wife and two daughters on his remote ranch in southern Texas. A part time cop, businessman, and cowboy, he’d never given a thought to the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa. But in May 2018, Braman and his free-running hounds were sprinting across the acacia plains close to Kruger National Park chasing armed rhino poachers.

    To date since then, according to authorities, his hounds have helped law enforcement teams in the greater Kruger region catch an unprecedented 145 poachers and confiscate 53 guns, boosting the overall rate of successful arrests and providing a new strategy to fight poaching in Africa.

  • Honeybee Survey Resumed by the Department of Agriculture
    USDA Will Resume Honeybee
    Survey Suspended This Summer

    Sept. 13, 2019  (CNN Politics)- The US Department of Agriculture will resume data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report on October 1 -- the start of a new fiscal year -- after suspending the survey earlier this summer over budget constraints.

    While researchers welcome the decision to resume the survey, some caution that it will leave a critical gap in this year's data.

    Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an entomologist who studies bee health at the University of Maryland, explained that missing even one quarter of data can undermine researchers' ability to compare loss rates from year to year, one of the fundamental ways that experts and the honeybee industry can use the survey as they try to better understand honeybee population declines.

  • Song Birds Huge Decline Linked to Common Insecticide
    Huge Decline In Songbirds
    Linked to Common Insecticide

    Sept. 12, 2019 (National Geographic)- The world's most widely used insecticide has been linked to the dramatic decline in songbirds in North America. A first ever study of birds in the wild found that a migrating songbird that ate the equivalent of one or two seeds treated with a neonicotinoid insecticide suffered immediate weight loss, forcing it to delay its journey.

    Although the birds recovered, the delay could severely harm their chances of surviving and reproducing, say the Canadian researchers whose study is published today in Science.

    “We show a clear link between neonicotinoid exposure at real-world levels and an impact on birds,” says lead author Margaret Eng, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan Toxicology Center.

  • 3 Billion Birds Have Been Lost In N. America Since 1970
    We’ve Lost 3 Billion Birds Since 1970 in North America

    Sept. 10, 2019 (Science News) - While scientists have known for decades that certain kinds of birds have struggled as humans (and bird-gobbling cats) encroach on their habitats, a new comprehensive tally shows the staggering extent of the loss. Nearly 1 in 3 birds — or 29 percent — has vanished in the last half century, researchers report September 19 in Science.

    “Three billion is a punch in the gut,” says Peter Marra, a conservation biologist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The loss is widespread, he says, affecting rare and common birds alike. “Our study is a wake-up call. We’re experiencing an ecological crisis.”

  • Trump Administration Violates the Endangered Species Act
    Trump Administration Grants
    First Trophy Import Permit
    for Tanzanian Lion

    Sept. 12, 2019 (Center for Biological Diversity) - The Trump administration has authorized a U.S. hunter to import a lion trophy from Tanzania — the first allowed from that country since lions were given protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in January 2016. A Florida man received permission to import the lion’s skin, skull, claws and teeth, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service records belatedly released under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The decision likely signals that the Fish and Wildlife Service is approving, or will approve, lion and other wildlife trophy imports from Tanzania, despite that nation’s troubling history of mismanaging populations of lions, elephants and other imperiled animals. Many — likely more than two-thirds — of the permit findings would apply to other applications for Tanzanian trophy imports.

    Click now to read more
    of this discouraging news.

  • The Sumatran Rhino is Down to Only About 80
    The Endangered Sumatran Rhino

    Sept. 10, 2019 (Rhinos.org)- The Sumatran rhino is the most endangered of all rhinoceros species due to its rapid rate of decline. Because of poaching, numbers have decreased more than 70% over the last 20 years, with the only viable population now in Indonesia.

    The species was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia in 2015. Sumatran rhinos exist only in protected areas where they are physically guarded by Rhino Protection Units. Continued protection, combined with consolidating small, fragmented populations into larger ones, and intensifying captive breeding efforts, are the best hope for the species’ survival.

    Click now for the story
    and some stark images.

  • Bad News for Alaska's Birds: Alaska Is Open For Drilling.
    Alaska’s Last Vast Wild
    Place Is Open For Drilling.
    Will the Birds Survive?

    Sept. 10, 2019 (National Geographic)- In late June our floatplane lifted off from Deadhorse, Alaska, at the top of the state, and arrowed west. As it gained altitude the industrial spraddle of the Prudhoe Bay oil field shrank beneath the plane’s pontoons. Soon there was nothing below but land the color of wet cardboard, an earth still waking from its long winter. About 110 miles to the west, the plane skidded down on a half-frozen lake. We pitched our tents and ringed the camp with an electrified bear fence against curious grizzlies. Then, Martin Robards and Peter Detwiler—a scientist and a senior field technician for the Wildlife Conservation Society, respectively—headed out across the tundra. Robards wore a Remington 870 shotgun slung over his shoulder (bears, again).

    Click now for the story and some stark images.

  • Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing
    Iceland's Seabird Colonies
    Are Vanishing, With
    "Massive" Chick Deaths

    Aug. 28, 2019 (National Geographic) FLATEY ISLAND, ICELAND —WHEN the days grew long, seabirds flocked to this hamlet on the edge of the Arctic to rear their chicks under the midnight sun.

    "Kria," shrieked the terns, calling summer up from the slumbering ground. Black cliffs were transformed into snowbanks of white kittiwakes. Puffins whirred between land and sea. Murres plied the shoreline; fulmars patrolled the skies. Everywhere sounded their vibrant chorus.

    These days, a few stubborn holdovers streak the sky and paddle the bay, but the legions are gone. The chicks have perished, and their bereft parents have returned to the sea.

    Click now read more about
    this latest extinction threat.

  • Lawsuit Challenges Hilcorp’s Plan to Blast Cook Inlet Belugas
    Trump Administration OK’d
    Offshore Drilling Project’s
    Harm to Marine Mammals

    Aug. 28, 2019 (Center for Biological Diversity)-ANCHORAGE— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s approval of rules allowing Hilcorp Alaska LLC to harm Cook Inlet beluga whales and other marine mammals as it expands its offshore oil and gas operations in Cook Inlet.

    Cook Inletkeeper and the Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service in federal district court in Alaska to block the “take authorization” rule it issued in July. The authorization would allow harm to marine mammals from Hilcorp’s seismic blasting, pile driving and other offshore-oil development activities over the next five years.

  • Duck-Billed Platypus - Cute, but Also Endangered
    The Silent Decline of the Platypus,
    Australia’s Beloved Oddity

    Aug. 29, 2019 (National Geographic)-The platypus is one of Australia’s most beloved species—and, seemingly, one of its most resilient. Even as many of the continent’s native fauna declined or disappeared throughout the 20th century, the quirky duck-billed mammal with webbed feet was seen regularly enough that there was little urgency to monitor the animal’s populations. That is, until biologists began to realize the freshwater dwellers weren’t ok, and they probably weren’t all along.

    “The platypus has declined right in front of our noses,” says Tahneal Hawke, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales and a researcher with the Platypus Conservation Initiative.

  • Protecting the Mako Shark
    Mako Sharks Get New
    Protections From Trade

    Aug. 25, 2019 (National Geographic)-GENEVA - A proposal to strengthen protections for both shortfin and longfin mako sharks, hunted for their meat and fins, was adopted today after a 102-40 secret ballot vote at the global wildlife trade summit. The vote still needs to be finalized at the plenary session at the end, when all appendix change proposals passed in committee are officially adopted.

    The proposal, debated at this year’s CITES Conference of the Parties, lists mako sharks under Appendix II, meaning that they can’t be traded unless it can be shown that fishing wouldn’t threaten their chances for survival. Mako sharks were not previously protected under CITES, the treaty that governs the international wildlife trade. Conservationists say this was be the world’s last chance to prevent mako shark populations from collapsing.

  • Giraffes Can Celebrate Their Victory in Geneva
    Giraffes Win CITES Protection

    Aug. 23, 2018 (inhabitat)-Giraffes are doing a victory dance today after winning international trade protection on Thursday. Delegates at the World Wildlife Conference in Geneva voted to list giraffes on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Countries will now be required to issue non-detriment findings before exporting or importing giraffe parts. This means that in order to get permits, a scientific authority of the state must decree that the trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species.

    Click now to read more
    and view a slideshow.

  • Florida Panthers Are Endangered
    When Will the Endangered
    Florida Panther Catch a Break?

    Aug. 22, 2018 (National Resources Defense Council(NRDC))-The Florida panther is the only remaining puma population in the eastern United States. It is estimated that fewer than 230 individual panthers remain in a single south Florida population.

    As NRDC previously reported, Florida panthers already experience constant threats to their survival from habitat loss due to oil exploration and development in and near the Everglades’ Big Cypress National Preserve, commercial and residential construction, and vehicular traffic. As of August 2019, 13 panthers have been hit and killed by cars, yet the Florida legislature recently passed a law authorizing the construction of three new toll roads, one of which is in panther habitat.

  • California Sea Snails Are Disappearing
    California's Disappearing Sea Snails Carry a Grim Climate Warning

    Aug. 20 2017 (National Geographic)-Many people have never eaten—or even heard of—red abalone, a species of sea snail that lives suctioned onto boulders and feeds on the lush kelp forests of Northern California. Abalone is a much-sought-after delicacy with a sweet, delicate flavor similar to a sea scallop, say those who’ve tried it.

    “For people who think they don’t like fish…it’s amazing to see their eyes just sparkle when they take a bite and go ‘this is absolutely incredible,’” says Joe Cresalia, a recreational diver who lives just north of San Francisco. “And you know before they took the bite, they were almost afraid to take a bite.”

    But as marine heat waves, ocean acidification, habitat loss, and overfishing shrink the red abalone fishery, the sweet delicacy is at risk of permanently losing its food source: the kelp forests.

    Click now to read the story
    and/or watch the video.

  • Extinction Countdown - Read All About It
    Extinction Countdown - The Latest News

    Aug. 16, 2018 (The Revelator)-Read the news about these issues:
    1.Wildlife Treaty Meeting (Aug. 16)
    2.New Zealand’s Extinct Lizard (Aug. 8)
    3.India’s Tiger Population (July 30)
    4.Endangered Primates (July 23)
    5.Who Eats Lemurs - and Why? (July 19)
    6.Elephants and Frogs -Who Knew? (June 21)

    Click now for still more stories.

  • Trump Cares Nothing About Endangered Species
    Trump's Assault on the
    Endangered Species Act Begins

    Aug. 12, 2019 (OutsideOnLine)) -On Monday, the Trump administration announced the opening salvo in its long-feared attack on the Endangered Species Act. The three-pronged assault is designed to weaken protections for threatened and endangered species, while making it harder to add protections for other animals in the future.

    “These changes crash a bulldozer through the Endangered Species Act’s lifesaving protections for America’s most vulnerable wildlife,” says Noah Greenwald, endangered species director for the wildlife advocacy nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity.

  • The Threats to Freshwater Mussels
    Pioneering Mussel Conservationist:
    Preservation and Threats

    Aug. 9, 2019 (Allegheny Front) - The biologically diverse waterways of the Ohio Valley are home to more than 100 species of freshwater mussels. Each can filter five to 10 gallons of water daily. But pollution, land use change, and a changing climate threaten their very existence. They’re among the most endangered animals in the United States.

    Janet Clayton, a West Virginia native, began her career researching aquatic invertebrates, but quickly switched gears to studying the state’s mussels and never looked back. She has worked with them for three decades and leads West Virginia’s mussel program, which she helped develop.

    Click for the story and a Slideshow.

  • The Red Colobus Monkey Might Already Be Extinct
    Possible Monkey Extinction
    Highlights the Risk to Africa’s
    Most Endangered Primate Group

    July 23, 2020 (The Revelator) -Does a rare monkey still roam what’s left of the forests of Côte d’Ivoire?“

    We haven’t given up on it,” says primatologist Russ Mittermeier, referring to the delightfully named Miss Waldron’s red colobus (Piliocolobus waldronae), a species that hasn’t officially been seen in more than four decades due to pressures from hunting and deforestation. “We’re still carrying out surveys in the hopes of finding it. I mean, it’s down to the last individuals if there are any still left, but we’re not ready to declare it extinct yet.”

  • Bad News for Endangered Whales - Not Just a Lot of Blubber
    Japan Goes Rogue and
    Resumes Commercial Whaling

    July 18, 2019 (National Resources Defense Council(NRDC))) -On July 1, the day after Japan officially withdrew from the International Whaling Commission, its fishing fleet slaughtered two minke whales off the island nation’s northern coast. This is the first time Japan has hunted whales commercially since the IWC declared a moratorium on the practice 31 years ago.

    The choice was made despite the fact that demand for whale meat in Japan has plummeted. In 1962, the country’s whale meat production peaked at 226,000 tons, but by 2017, that number had dropped to just 3,000 tons, or slightly more than 1% of the industry’s record. Japan also imports whale meat from whaling nations like Iceland and Norway, despite the lack of domestic demand. As of April, 3,500 tons of whale meat were sitting in freezers waiting for someone to buy it.

  • The Sad Decline of the Koala
    Koalas on the Decline
    — Dangerous New Threats,
    Emerging Solutions

    July 2, 2019 The Revelator -Ten years ago the shaky video of a dehydrated, wildfire-damaged koala captured headlines and the world’s attention.

    Crouched next to a charred tree trunk, a volunteer firefighter named David Tree gingerly poured bottled water into the open mouth of the burned koala. A tiny gray paw rested in his own large, calloused hand, allowing the animal to remain upright as she drank.

    Click now to watch the video.

  • America's Wildlife Crisis Needs Congressional Help
    Recovering America's Wildlife Act

    July 1, 2019 (National Wildlife Federation (NWF)) -State fish and wildlife agencies have identified more than 12,000 species in need of proactive conservation efforts in the United States, including the more than 1,600 U.S. species already listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

    The list includes Birds, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Butterflies, Bumblebees, Bats, and Freshwater Mussels.

    Unless our nation invests in proactive, on-the-ground, collaborative conservation, we risk losing thousands of species and our wildlife heritage to preventable challenges.

    Click now to read more and learn
    how you might want to get involved.

  • Bats and Wind Tuebines - Not Always the Best OutcomeThis Hot
    Duke Energy Renewables to
    Use New Technology to Help Protect
    Bats At Its Wind Sites

    June 26, 2019   Investor Ideas - Texas leads the nation in wind energy generation with thousands of wind turbines throughout the state. This is a boon for clean energy generation but not for the state's large population of bats, which are often drawn to the spinning turbines.

    To help discourage them from approaching, Duke Energy Renewables is working with NRG Systems, Inc. to install an innovative bat deterrent system. The technology uses ultrasound to block the sonar that bats use to navigate in the dark, causing them to avoid areas around the wind turbines.

    Duke Energy Renewables will install NRG Systems' Bat Deterrent System over a five-year period at 255 wind turbines at its Los Vientos III, IV and V wind sites beginning in July 2019. This will mark the first commercial deployment of the Bat Deterrent System in the continental U.S.

  • Defending the Red Wolf
    The Red Wolf is in
    Danger - Why Not Adopt One?

    June 10, 2019  (Defenders of Wildlife)—The red wolf is a smaller, thinner cousin of the gray wolf.

    It has a distinctive reddish cast for which it is named. The red wolf is the world's most endangered canid, and the Southeast’s native wolf. Uniquely "All-American," the red wolf's entire historical range is confined within what is now the United States.

    Once roaming as far west as Texas, down into Florida, and up into the Midwest, the red wolf now persists in only a fraction of its range. It has lost more of its historical territory—99.7 percent—than any other large carnivore, including lions, tigers and snow leopards. The red wolf has faced an embattled road to recovery since its listing in the first class of the Endangered Species Act.

  • Protecting Sharks From Human Overfishing
    How to Protect Sharks
    From Overfishing

    The Revelator, June 6, 2019  - How can we better protect sharks and rays from overfishing?

    These related species — which, along with chimaeras, are known collectively as chondrichthyans — include some of the most threatened marine fishes in the world. Sharks and rays face a variety of threats depending on where they live and swim, but the biggest risk comes from overfishing, which takes a noticeable toll on these slow-growing, slow-to-reproduce animals. As a result, nearly 1 in 4 species of chondricthyan fishes is estimated to be, or assessed as, threatened, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

  • You Too Can Protect Endangered Species
    How This Landowner is Helping
    to Protect Endangered Species

    The Allegheny Front, May 31, 2019  - More than 70% of land in Pennsylvania is privately owned. Each year, with help from state and federal agency biologists, about 400 landowners manage their land in ways that help threatened and endangered species.

    Tom Belinda is one of them. To find Belinda’s house in Williamsburg, PA, near Altoona, you wind through a small community of homes and fields along the river valley. After a nearly 2-mile long trek down a gravel driveway, the woods break open to a clearing. There sits Belinda’s mountain lodge made of logs.

  • Rep. Raúl Grijalva Stands Up For Endangered Species
    Amid Extinction Crisis, Rep. Grijalva
    Introduces Bill to Save Critically Endangered Species

    Center For Biological Diversity, May 22, 2019  - WASHINGTON— As scientists warn of a global extinction crisis, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced legislation today that would provide funding for some of the most critically imperiled species in the United States — butterflies, Hawaiian plants, eastern freshwater mussels and southwest desert fish.

    The legislation comes during a congressional hearing on a landmark scientific report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which warned that one million species are being pushed to extinction by human activities.

  • U.N. Releases a Report on Declining Wildlife and Plantlife
    U.N. Report Highlights
    Wildlife Crisis at Home

    National Wildlife Federation (NWF), May 7, 2019  - The U.N. just released a frightening new report about rapidly declining wildlife and plant populations around the world, and everyone is talking about it. Here’s how the New York Times just described it:

    Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction.“

  • A Fungus That’s Endangering Frogs and Salamanders
    The Fungus That’s
    Wiping Out Frogs and Salamanders

    The Allegheny Front, Apr 25, 2019  - Amphibians around the world are dying, and a particularly nasty fungus is playing a major role.

    A recent study published in Science confirms that the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) is causing catastrophic loss to biodiversity through declines in species populations and in some cases, extinction. Some are calling it an amphibian apocalypse.

  • Welcome Back, Green Sea Turtles!
    Endangered Green Sea Turtles
    May Be Making a Comeback
    in the U.S. Pacific

    ScienceNews, Apr. 24, 2019  - Beleaguered populations of green sea turtles living in and around Hawaii and American Pacific island territories are increasing in number.

    From 2002 to 2015, scuba diving researchers circumnavigated 53 islands, atolls and coral reefs throughout the U.S. Pacific, conducting the first comprehensive survey in that region of the turtles’ ocean habitats. Over the 13 years, the divers counted more than 3,400 sea turtles. The vast majority — 90.1 percent — were green sea turtles; only 8.3 percent were hawksbills and 1.6 percent were unidentified.

  • Indigenous Resistance to Protect Central America's Rivers
    Hundreds of Planned Dams
    Threaten Central America’s
    Last Free-Flowing Rivers

    The Revelator, Apr. 24, 2019  - If you were to somehow snorkel up the Sixaola River from the Caribbean Sea to its source in Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains — charging up rapids, scaling waterfalls, and gaining more than 10,000 feet of elevation in the process—you would notice an apparent paradox: The further from the ocean you ventured, the more marine fish you would encounter.

    Costa Rica’s streams are dominated by amphidromous fish and shrimp, creatures that split their curious lives between fresh water and salt. Species like river gobies (Awaous banana), mountain mullet (Agonostomus monticola) and banded shrimp (Macrobrachium heterochirus) lay their eggs in downstream reaches; once hatched, their larvae wash to the ocean, where they develop until they are large enough to reenter their natal rivers and ascend to the headwaters, maturing as they travel.

  • 50 Dramatic Scenes of Life on Earth
    50 Dramatic Photos of Life on Earth

    Apr.22, 2019 ,National Geographic -

    Coral reefs, sprawling forests, and abundant wildlife enrich our Earth, but the number of species that inhabit this planet is declining. Climate change is making it too hot for many reefs to survive, once lush regions are being deforested, and wildlife is finding it increasingly difficult to coexist with people. To highlight these issues, the theme of 2019's Earth Day is “Protect Our Species.”

    Earth Day's organizers aim to highlight how many species are facing extinction and what can be done to save them. By creating nature sanctuaries, both on land and below the sea, environmental activists are trying to create safe spaces in which wildlife can thrive.

    Click now for the article and a slideshow.

  • Visayan Warty Pigs Are Bouncing Back
    Meet the Critically Endangered
    Pig With A Rockstar Mohawk

    Apr.22, 2019  National Geographic -

    IF ALL GOES well, an extremely rare species of warty pig with rockstar hair will be running wild once more.

    Only about 300 Visayan warty pigs (Sus cebifrons)—known for the males’ distinctive mohawks—exist in captivity; their wild population is unknown. Previously found throughout the lush rainforests of the Philippines’ six West Visayas islands, the critically endangered swine now roams small pockets of only two: Panay and Negros.

  • Trump Administration Fails to Update Endangered Species List
    Lawsuit Says Trump Additions
    to Endangered-Species List
    Are Lowest Since Reagan

    Bloomberg News, Apr. 17, 2019  -The Trump administration has failed to tackle a backlog of hundreds of requests to add species to the federal endangered or threatened list, approving the fewest since Ronald Reagan was president, an environmental conservation group alleged in a lawsuit.

    Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have added 16 plants and animals to the list under the landmark Endangered Species Act - the lowest figure since 1982, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington by the Center for Biological Diversity.

  • Who Knew the Sage Grouse Was in Trouble?
    Suddenly, the Fight to Protect
    Sage Grouse Becomes Very Real

    Apr.16, 2019  National Wildlife Federation -At 4:15 AM, we stumbled out of our Rock Springs, Wyoming motel rooms to begin our search for sage grouse. We were greeted with several pots of strong coffee in the parking lot by a grinning Aaron Kindle, the senior manager of western sporting campaigns for the National Wildlife Federation.

    Kindle and David Willms, director of Western Wildlife for NWF, had planned this trip for seven other members of the National Wildlife Federation’s public lands team. The mission was to learn first-hand about the habitat and habits of the Greater Sage-Grouse. Some on the public lands team have been fighting for many years to protect this western bird. Others, just a few months. But only Kindle and Willms had ever actually seen the bird and its elaborate mating ritual up close. This was a chance for the rest to see what all the fuss is about.

  • Dear and Elk Need Our Help
    Deer and Elk Need Funding
    and Research to Fight
    Chronic Wasting Disease

    Apr.19, 2019 National Wildlife Federation -Zombie deer. Miracle cures. The headlines have been flying around chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, elk and moose lately, but the sensational isn’t always accurate. Deer do not turn into zombies, nor will they turn humans in to zombies.

    And the miracle cure suggested at a February news conference in Pennsylvania turns out to be little but old and unverified research that rejects the scientific consensus. Proposed federal legislation, though, could help with what is really needed to combat CWD: research and funding.

  • Illegal Mennonite Soy Farms Vs. Mayan Beekeepers
    An Unlikely Feud
    Between Beekeepers and
    Mennonites Simmers in Mexico

    National Geographic, Apr. 12, 2019  -CAMPECHE, MEXICO“How did it start?” asks Everardo Chablé. He’s propped on a stool in his living room as the daylight fades outside. The only noise in this tiny Mexican town in the Yucatán Peninsula—where there’s no cell signal and little electricity—comes from the music his father is blasting in the yard.

    He speaks up. “For thousands of years the Maya people had bee culture. Then the Mennonites came with large machines and started to deforest large parts of land where the bees feed. We had virgin forest with very delicate ecosystems—deer, toucans—but most importantly bees that keep up life. When deforestation started they destroyed everything from millennia back.”

  • Culling All Cats (Dogs, Pigs and Goats)
    Should Cats Be Culled to Stop Extinctions?

    BBC News, Mar. 28, 2019  -Scientists are calling for a widespread cull of feral cats and dogs, pigs, goats, and rats and mice to save the endangered species they prey upon.

    Their eradication on more than 100 islands could save some of the rarest animals on Earth, says an international team.

    Islands have seen 75% of known bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile extinctions over the past 500 years.

  • At Least California is Protectibg the Whale Population
    California Crab Fisheries To
    Close Early To Protect Whales

    San Francisco Chronicle Mar. 26, 2019 - California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state's coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales, officials announced Tuesday.

    The April 15 closure, three months before the crab fishing season normally ends, is part of a settlement reached by the Center for Biological Diversity and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • The World’s Smallest Porpoise Down to the Smallest Numbers
    World’s Smallest Porpoise Down to
    About 10, Thanks to Illegal Fishing

    Earther Gizmodo, Mar. 18 2019 -In a tiny 15-by-7.5-mile section of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, poachers come out in the night and drop their illegal gill nets. They’re fishing for the critically endangered totoaba, a large fish whose bladder is used in Chinese traditional medicine. However, these gillnets don’t only catch this endangered fish; they catch the vaquita, the most endangered marine mammal in the world.

    In fact, those fishnets have decimated the remaining population, which stands at no more than 22 individuals and probably closer to 10 as of the summer of 2018, according to a report released on March 14 by CIRVA, an international committee seeking to save the species.

  • Arctic Seals of Disapproval in he Form of a Lawsuit
    Lawsuit Launched to Protect Arctic
    Habitat of Endangered Ice Seals

    Center for Biological Diversity, Mar. 14 2019 - The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to compel the designation of critical habitat in Alaska for two ice seal species. Both bearded and ringed seals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because their Arctic sea-ice habitat is melting.

    “As these ice seals’ homes melt away, the Trump administration has to give these animals the protection the Endangered Species Act requires,” said Emily Jeffers, a staff attorney with the Center. “With the Arctic warming at twice the global warming rate, ringed and bearded seals urgently need our help.”

  • Is the Gulf of Mexico Being Sacrificed for Oil and Gas?
    Don't Sacrifice the Gulf of Mexico
    Whale for Oil and Gas

    Feb. 21, 2019  National Resources Defense Council(NRDC) - NRDC and Healthy Gulf are suing the Trump administration to protect this imperiled species.

    The Gulf of Mexico whale, one of the most endangered species on the planet, is facing extinction if it doesn’t gain the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). But—not surprisingly — the Trump administration has been dragging its feet on listing this imperiled species.

  • Plummeting Insect Is Back and It’s a Bee Plus
    World’s Largest Bee, Once Presumed Extinct, Filmed Alive In The Wild

    National Geographic, Feb.21, 2019 - The world’s largest bee may also be the planet’s most elusive. First discovered in 1859 by the prominent scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, nobody could locate it again, and it was presumed extinct.

    But Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto) was not gone. In 1981, an entomologist named Adam Messer searched and found it on three islands in Indonesia, on an archipelago called the North Moluccas. He collected a specimen and wrote about his discovery in 1984.

  • This Returning Insect Gets a Bee Plus
    The World’s Largest Bee Has Been
    Rediscovered After 38 Years

    Feb. 21, 2019 Science News - Everything about Wallace’s giant bee is goliath: It reaches an average body length of around 4 centimeters — about the size of a walnut — and has a wingspan of over 7.5 centimeters. Yet despite its eye-popping size, it’s been nearly 40 years since the world’s largest bee (Megachile pluto) was officially sighted in the wild.

    So when Eli Wyman, an entomologist at Princeton University, had an opportunity to hunt for the elusive bee, he jumped at the chance. He and two other scientists, along with photographer Clay Bolt, set off in January for a two-week expedition to forests on two of only three Indonesian islands where the bee has ever been found.

  • Whale of a Story For Orcas and Belugas
    Time Running Out For Orcas,
    Belugas Trapped in Icy 'Whale Jail'

    Feb. 14, 2019 National Geographic - Eleven killer whales (also known as orcas) and 87 belugas languish in several rectangular sea pens in Srednyaya Bay in Russia’s Far East. Four Russian firms that supply marine animals to aquariums caught them over the course of several months in the summer of 2018. Their plight made headlines in November, when a drone captured aerial video footage of the facility, leading the media to label it the “whale jail.”

    Read all about it, and/or view a slow-loading video.

  • Insects Could Vanish From the Earth Within a Century
    Plummeting Insect Numbers
    'Threaten Collapse of Nature'

    Feb. 10, 2019 The Guardian -The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

    More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

  • Judge Protects the Golden-Cheeked Warbler
    Golden-Cheeked Warbler
    Protections Near San Antonio

    Feb. 8, 2019 Express News -The golden-cheeked warbler, a songbird that has lost much of its nesting area to suburban sprawl near San Antonio, Austin and across Central Texas, will remain protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, a judge in Austin has ruled.

    The decision came in a lawsuit filed 18 months ago by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation on behalf of the Texas General Land Office.

  • Endangered Southland Frog May Soon Be Out of Danger
    Final Recovery Plan Released
    for Endangered Southland Frog

    Feb. 6, 2019 My News LA -The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wednesday announced a recovery plan for the endangered Southern California population of mountain yellow-legged frogs.

    The finalized plan, developed in response to legal action by the Center for Biological Diversity, calls for a wide array of recovery actions and research efforts to deal with the multitude of threats to the survival of the amphibian.

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  • The Giraffe Population is Facing Extinction
    Saving the Giraffes

    Center for BioDiversity -Known for their 6-foot-long necks, distinctive patterning and long eyelashes, giraffes have always captured the human imagination. These amazing African animals have the highest blood pressure among land mammals, special valves in their heads to make sure they don't pass out after leaning over to drink water, and tongues that can be 20 inches long.

    But these tallest of all land mammals are in the midst of a silent extinction. Africa's giraffe population has dropped by almost 40 percent in the past 30 years, dwindling to just more than 97,000 individuals — which may seem like a big number, but not in giraffes' case (just consider their huge range, for instance).

    Click now to read the sad story.

  • China’s Legalization of Rhino Horns & Tiger Parts is Shocking
    Shock as China
    Legalizes Medicinal Trade in Rhino
    Horns and Tiger Parts

    Scientific American, Nov. 9, 2018 - In a move that shocked and horrified many conservationists, China this week opened up two legal markets for rhino horns and tiger body parts. Under China’s new rules, which overturn a 25-year-old ban, farm-raised tiger and rhino “products” can be approved for use in medical research or by accredited doctors in hospitals, despite the fact that the body parts have no known medicinal value.

    China also approved limited trade in antique tiger and rhino products.

  • The Risk of Vanishing Freshwater Mussels
    America’s Freshwater Mussels
    Are Going Extinct
    — Here’s Why That Sucks

    The Revelator, Apr. 4 2018 -Unfortunately, despite the service they provide to our rivers and streams, North America’s freshwater mussels now need some conservation muscle.

    Pretty much wherever they’re found, the shelled bivalves are disappearing. Many of the 300-plus mussel species in the United States have already been added to the endangered species list; many more are waiting for similar protection. Beautiful species with crazy names like the orangefoot pimpleback, purple bean, Higgins eye pearlymussel and pink mucket could soon be a thing of the past.

  • Have a Problem With Giraffe Parts Sold in the U.S.?
    Giraffe Parts Sales Are Booming
    in the U.S., and It’s Legal

    Aug. 23, 2018 -An investigation showed imports made into pillows, boots and other items have become increasingly popular, at a time when the animal’s global population is dwindling.

    According to a report to be released Thursday by Humane Society of the United States and its international affiliate, more than 40,000 giraffe parts were imported to the United States from 2006 to 2015 to be made into expensive pillows, boots, knife handles, bible covers and other trinkets.

    Click now for more
    from the New York Times.

  • On Deck: Endangered Species Playing Cards
    Extinction in a Handful of Cards

    As reviewer John Platt wandered the aisles of Rose City Comic-Con in Portland in September (2018), his eyes kept taking in images of the dying and the deceased. Many of the attending artists, I found, were selling artwork and prints of endangered or extinct species. This included plenty of images of dinosaurs — you’d expect that from such an imaginative crowd — but also a fair share of tigers, rhinos, orangutans and polar bears.

    And then there was one of the most unusual items I found at this year’s convention: a tiny pack of playing cards devoted to extinction. Called simply “The 6th Extinction,” it’s like any normal deck of cards — except that in addition to your traditional hearts and clubs, each card also contains a painting or drawing of a species that has been lost due to human activity.

    Click to read more from
     The Revelator.

  • Do Right by the Right Whale
    Protect North Atlantic Right
    Whales from Deadly Entanglements

    -North Atlantic right whales could be extinct in the wild by 2040 -- and the two leading reasons for human-caused North Atlantic right whale deaths are ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.

    The US government has lowered permitted vessel speeds to reduce ship strikes. But to save these whales we have to prevent deadly fishing entanglements too.

    Click now to sign this petition.

  • Saving Wolves - Ethical or Unethical?
    The Ethics of Saving Wolves

    July 11, 2018 -What is it about wolves that drive so much passion — either to conserve them and rebuild their populations or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, to hunt them or even remove them from the wild?

    Answering that question gets to the heart of what it means to be human and what wolves mean to people, says Michael P. Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University.

    Click now for the the story
    from The Revelator.

  • Durrell Wildlife Trust
    The Many Ways They Defend Species

    An organization fully dedicated to the preservation of species. Their website contains many stories, videos and images to get their message across.

    Click now to get to the site.

  • Lions Have Their Own Day
    Main Cause for Mane Claws

    August 11, 2017 - Today is World Lion Day, and we can't think of a better way to spend it than raising critically needed funds for research-driven, field-tested strategies that will help save one of the most awe-inspiring species on Earth.

    Click to see how you can help.

  • Swans: Get the Lead Out
    Search And Rescue For
    Lead-Poisoned Swans

    Feb. 3, 2017,- When Martha Jordan arrived on scene, an elegant white bird with a black beak, a symbol of grace and beauty, lay draped across the tall grass at the edge of a lake. Jordan trudged through the marsh, scooped up its emaciated, 10-pound body and cradled the dead bird in her arms.

  • What Is Causing the Amphibian Apocalypse?
    Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Caused By Most Destructive Pathogen Ever

    National Geographic, Mar. 28, 2019  - FOR DECADES, A silent killer has slaughtered frogs and salamanders around the world by eating their skins alive. Now, a global team of 41 scientists has announced that the pathogen—which humans unwittingly spread around the world—has damaged global biodiversity more than any other disease ever recorded.

    The new study, published in Science, is the first comprehensive tally of the damage done by the chytrid fungi Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). In all, the fungi have driven the declines of at least 501 amphibian species, or about one out of every 16 known to science.

    Interested? Click now for the story.


  • The Threats to the New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse
    New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse Is Endangered

    WildEarth Guardians -The mouse has been extirpated from 70 to 80% of its historic range, which extended from the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado into the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico and the White Mountains in Arizona. It became a candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act in December 2007, and was listed in June 2014.

    Click to learn how they’re threatened.

  • Take The Arctic Wildlife Quiz
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    Know About Arctic Wildlife?

    Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), see how much you actually know.

  • Pangolins Hunted in India for the China Medical Market
    Hunters Are Targeting
    Endangered Pangolins in India

    Dec.3, 2018, National Geographic -

    A study published November 3 in the journal Nature Conservation by researchers at University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and the nonprofit World Animal Protection sheds new light on pangolin hunting in India, a country known to be a source of pangolins entering the illegal trade but that’s been little studied.

    Pangolins are scaly, ant-eating mammals that live in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Their scales are in high demand in the illegal wildlife trade, valued for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Two species—Indian pangolin and the Chinese pangolin—live in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, where the research was carried out.

  • The Swift Fox is In Trouble
    Swift Fox May Not Be
    Swift Enough to Avoid Extinction

    - Although historically common and widely distributed in short- and mixed-grass prairies of the Great Plains, swift foxes have experienced significant population declines and are now estimated to occupy less than half of their historic range in the United States. In the face of this enormous decline, a multi-stakeholder, comprehensive approach is required to restore swift fox populations across the Northern Great Plains and beyond. Collaboration among tribal communities, universities, conservation organizations, state and government agencies, and private landowners is essential for the swift fox to make a viable comeback.

    Click now for the news
    from World Wildlife Federation.

  • Polar Bears International
    Polar Bears International -
    Yes, They Have Their Own Group

    Their mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. We also work to inspire people to care about the Arctic and its connection to our global climate.

  • Earth-Friendly Diet
    Eat Less Meat: Save More Wildlife

    Meat production is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation globally, and the crisis is rapidly growing worse.

    That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity launched their Earth-friendly Diet campaign.

  • The Last of Their Kind
    Eight Species On Life Support

    Oct. 3, 2016 - Other than the remote hope of cloning extinct animals, ponderings about extinct creatures are reserved for the imagination. Extinction is the reason we should cherish the creatures that still roam the planet, the ones we still have a chance to experience. This is especially true when it comes to creatures teetering on the brink of extinction.

    Click now for a glimpse
    (while you still can).

  • End of a Bumble Bee Species
    This Bumble Bee Is
    About to Go Extinct

    Sept. 28, 2016 -The rusty patched bumble bee, which can be identified by a rust-colored patch on its abdomen, was once a commonly seen pollinator from the midwest to the east coast. Unfortunately, scientists believe that it has disappeared from 87% of its historic range since the 1990s and that its population has declined by a startling 95%.

    Click now for a bad buzz.

  • Last 100 Yrs of Animal Extinction
    Every Extinct Animal Since 1916

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    and the rest of the story.

  • Fla. Endangered Species Slideshow
    Endangered Panther Slide Show

    From Sierra Club - presented by Associated Organizing Representative, Aexis Meyer, MSc -This slideshow is being presented by Ms Meyer at various Sierra Club venues thorouhgout the country. It keys in on why we need to protect panthers and other endangered animals.

  • Bluefin Tuna Danger
    Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Are In Trouble

    This largest of tuna and can live up to 40 years. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4,000 feet...

    Click now for more and
    to watch a video.

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