The World's Ten Most Threatened Species

Endangered Salmon
Wild Salmon

                
Ivory Billed WP
Ivory-Billed
Woodpecker
Armor
Leopard
Javan Rhino
Javan
Rhino
Bamboo Lemur
Greater
Bamboo Lemur
Northern Right Whale
Northern
Right Whale
    
                
Mountain Gorilla
Mountain
Gorilla
LeatherbackTurtle
Leatherback
Turtle
Siberian Tiger
Siberian
Tiger
Chinese Giant Salamander
Chinese Giant
Salamander
Hawaiian Monk Seals
Hawaain
Monk Seal
    

Endangered Species News (For the Past 6 Months)

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  • • US Protection Sought for Threatened Florida Ghost Orchid
    Its Future Depends on Our Ability to
    Protect it from Poaching and Habitat Loss

    Jan. 24, 2022, (AP) -The rare ghost orchid faces mounting threats in Florida from poaching, loss of habitat and climate change and needs federal protection, environmental groups said Monday.

    A petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that the orchid be placed under the Endangered Species Act and that its habitat in southern Florida be officially designated as critical to its recovery.

  • • 1,000 Glorious Fin Whales Back From Near Extinction
    Whales Still Face Many Threats
    -Mostly From Humans

    Jan. 21, 2022, (The Guardian) -Good news doesn’t get any more in-your-face than this. One thousand fin whales, one of the world’s biggest animals, were seen last week swimming in the same seas in which they were driven to near-extinction last century due to whaling. It’s like humans never happened.

  • • 2021: A Morbid Year for the Florida Manatee
    Over 1,100 Deaths Have Been Recorded

    Jan. 5, 2022, (Orlando Sentinel)-The record tally for manatee deaths in Florida shows that more than 1,100 of the threatened species died in 2021, according to an update from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    The No. 1 reason cited was natural causes with 184 deaths followed by perinatal deaths at 110 and watercraft at 103, according to the FWC’s preliminary annual manatee mortality data.

  • • Saving Sharks and Rays From Extinction
    One Third of Sharks and
    their Relatives are at Risk

    Dec. 13, 2021, (The Revelator)- Can you imagine an ocean without sharks? That’s a distinct possibility in some parts of the world, as new research reveals that one third of chondrichthyan fish species — that’s sharks, skates, rays and chimeras — are now threatened with extinction.

  • • Australian Conservation Foundation Endangered Species Report:
    Climate Change Not Mentioned Enough
    Documents For Half of All
    Critically Endangered Species
    Don’t Mention Climate Change

    Dec. 13, 2021, (The Guardian)- Conservation documents for more than half of Australia’s critically endangered species and habitats fail to mention climate change according to new analysis that argues there is a significant “climate gap” in the management of Australia’s threatened wildlife.

  • • Florida Manatees Are in Crisis
    From the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board

    Dec. 12, 2021, (Orlando Sentinel)- There’s no way to pretend Florida’s manatees aren’t endangered. They are. In every sense of the word.

    The official tally of deaths this year stands at 1,038 (as of Dec. 3 — more have died since then). That’s more than twice the annual average of the last five years — and nearly one-sixth of the entire population of manatees in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. In one year.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.
  • • Deep-sea Mining’s Affect on Delicate Species
    It's Time For a Real Debate
    About Deep-Sea mining

    Dec. 10, 2021, (ZME Science)-There are hundreds of mollusk species living in the deep sea and about two-thirds of them could face extinction if the plans to mine the seabed continue as planned, a new study reports. The findings already triggered reactions, with 184 mollusk species living near hydrothermal vents added to the global list of threatened species.

  • • New Global Extinction Assessment Highlights Imperiled Freshwater Species
    Around the Country, Animals
    that Rely on Rivers are in Harm’s
    Way by Careless Decision-Making

    Dec. 9, 2021, (Center for Biological Diversity)-An update released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature found that more than a quarter of plants and animals around the globe are threatened with extinction.

    The new IUCN Red List identifies more than 40,000 species as threatened, out of around 140,000 species for which there’s enough information to determine conservation status.

  • • What Can be Done About the Endangered Saola?
    There Are No Saolas in Captivity, and
    Fewer Than 100 May Remain in the Wild

    Nov. 29, 2021, (Treehugger)- Not much is known about the saola, a mysterious horned mammal native to forests in the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam. At least one thing seems fairly certain, though: The saola is a very endangered species.

    It’s unclear exactly how many saolas exist, and there is scant information on which to base even loose estimates...

  • • Monarch Butterflies Return to California
    This is After Years of Record Low

    Nov. 17, 2021, (NBC NEWS) -There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western monarch butterflies.

    The number wintering along California’s central coast is bouncing back after the population, whose presence is often a good indicator of ecosystem health, reached an all-time low last year. Experts pin their decline on climate change, habitat destruction and lack of food due to drought.

  • • 101 Freeway Wildlife Crossing
    It's Been a Dream For Local Conservationists
    For Years, and Now It's Happening

    Nov. 16, 2021, (FOX11l)-Fox spoke with Beth Pratt, one of the people behind the effort to build a dedicated wildlife crossing over the 101 freeway in Agoura Hills.

    Click to watch the seven-minute video.
  • • Two Most Widely Used Pesticides Likely
    Harm Majority of Endangered Species
    Those Are Atrazine and Glyphosate

    Nov. 15, 2021, (Center for Biological Diversity)-The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine and cancer-linked pesticide glyphosate are each likely to harm more than 1,000 of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals.

    The finalized evaluations found that use of the herbicide glyphosate is likely causing harm to 1,676 of the plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. Atrazine is likely harming 1,013 protected species.

  • • Orcas Win in New Seattle Harbor Agreement
    Just in Time:
    Only 73 are Left in the Wild

    Nov. 15, 2021, (Center for Biological Diversity)-The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) just reached a legal agreement with the Port of Seattle that will help the area’s critically endangered Southern Resident orcas.

    After CBD sued two federal agencies to defend the whales from a Seattle Harbor expansion plan, port authorities intervened. Now they’ve agreed to include more environmental protections.

  • • Bird Populations in Europe Plummeting Since the 1980s
    Europe Might Not be
    "For the Birds" After-all

    Nov. 17, 2021, (ZME Science)-One in six birds in Europe has disappeared, according to a survey that compared today’s bird populations in Europe to those in the 1980s. Overall, the continent lost about 600 million birds.

    While not as known as climate change, biodiversity is also facing a deep crisis, with researchers repeatedly emphasizing that we’re causing a sixth mass extinction.

  • • Whales Threatened by Loud Tourist Boats
    Long-Term Survival Has Been Jeopardized

    Nov. 11, 2021, (earth.com)- A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports has examined how whale watching boats with louder engines impact short finned pilot whales. Previous research suggests that boats can change whale behavior. The impact of boat noise on toothed whales remains uncertain, however, and there are no regulations on the noise levels of whale watching boats.

  • • Lawsuit Seeks Endangered Species Act Protection for Rare California Fish
    Speckled Dace Imperiled by Dams,
    Water Diversions, Drought, Climate Chaos

    Nov. 3, 2021, (Center for Biological Diversity)- The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for failing to protect two populations of imperiled speckled dace under the Endangered Species Act.

    The Service failed to make required decisions on protection for the Santa Ana speckled dace, in Southern California, and the Long Valley speckled dace in Mono County, which is nearing extinction in the wild.

  • • Biden Rescinding Trump Rules
    Limiting Endangered Species Habitat Protections
    One of Many Rules Overridden
    by the Current Administration

    Oct. 26, 2021, (Center for Biological Diversity), -The Biden administration announced today it will rescind two Trump regulations. One Trump rule severely limits the government’s ability to protect habitat that imperiled animals and plants need to survive and recover. The second opened up the exclusion of habitat from protection based on trumped-up economic claims.

    “We’re relieved that the Biden administration has taken this important step toward restoring critical protections for imperiled species,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “There’s just no way to save animals and plants from extinction without safeguarding the places they need to live.”

  • • Hopes to Save the Northern White Rhino
    They Now Rest on a Single Female

    Oct. 21, 2021, (ZME Science) -Researchers will stop harvesting eggs from one of the two remaining northern white rhinoceros in the world, according to a Thursday announcement by BioRescue, according to the AFP.

    Efforts to bring the species back from the brink of extinction are still underway. Currently, BioRescue is focusing on extracting eggs from the two remaining northern white rhino females. However, the scientific consortium announced on Thursday that one of the females, 32-year-old Najin, will be retired as a donor from the project.

  • • Underwater Coral Gardens May Help Avoid a Biodiversity Meltdown
    Planting Diverse Undersea Corals Could
    Help Save Threatened Coral Reef Ecosystems

    Oct. 18, 2021, (INHABITAT) -This is according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances on October 13. The study, conducted by Cody Clements and Mark Hay of the Georgia Institute of Technology, found that increasing coral reefs’ richness by ‘outplanting’ diverse species of corals could improve coral reef growth and survival.

    Click now for the story and slideshow.
  • • Global Meeting to Address Biodiversity Collapse
    Scientists Say It Could Equal Climate Change as an Existential Crisis.

    Oct. 14, 2021, (NY Times Climate Forward) -As 20,000 government leaders, journalists, activists and celebrities from around the world prepare to descend on Glasgow for a crucial climate summit starting late this month, another high-level international environmental meeting got started this week. The problem it seeks to tackle: A rapid collapse of species and systems that collectively sustain life on earth.

    The stakes at the two meetings are equally high, many leading scientists say, but the biodiversity crisis has received far less attention.

  • • A Bad Year For the Puffin Population
    Fish Scarcity is to Blame

    Oct. 14, 2021, (Herald-Tribune)-Maine’s beloved puffins suffered one of their worst years for reproduction in decades this summer due to a lack of the small fish they eat.

    Puffins are seabirds with colorful beaks that nest on four small islands off the coast of Maine. There are about 1,500 breeding pairs in the state, and they are dependent on fish such as herring and sand lance to be able to feed their young.

  • • 20% of European Birds Species are Threatened by Extinction
    Habitat Loss and Intensive Farming are Some of the Main Drivers

    Oct. 14, 2021, (ZME Science)-Because of how sensitive they are to changes in their environment, birds are a perfect indicator for gauging biodiversity. If they are in danger, we all likely are. In Europe, one out of five bird species is currently threatened by extinction, while one out of three has declined over the last few decades, according to BirdLife International.

  • • Lawsuit Launched After California Oil Spill to Protect Whales
    Other Endangered Species
    Would Also Be Protected

    Oct. 8, 2021, (Center for Biological Diversity), -The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent today to sue the Biden administration if it does not immediately reexamine the offshore oil industry’s threat to California’s endangered species and their habitats.

    Today’s letter, sent to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, notes that the government’s existing Endangered Species Act analysis failed to predict or plan for an oil spill as big as the ongoing disaster in Southern California’s San Pedro Bay.

  • • Vanishing: Sawfishes Are Weird and Wonderful — But Important, Too
    A Conservation Scientist Would Miss
    These Delightfully Bizarre Fish if they
    Went Extinct, But There’s More
    to Saving Them than their Looks

    Oct. 8, 2021, (The Revelator), by Helen Tan-The natural world is so fantastically bizarre. Protecting and understanding its often strange-to-us biodiversity is one of the reasons I became a conservation scientist.

    Over the years I’ve come to accept the fact that I probably won’t be able to see all the world’s wonderfully weird critters in person, especially those that are incredibly rare or found only in the farthest reaches of this world. It’s much harder to come to terms with the reality that I may never see many of these animals, not because they’re difficult to access, but because they’ll be extinct before I get the chance.

  • • U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions
    The Animals and One Plant Had
    Been Listed as Endangered Species

    Sep. 28, 2021, (NY Times Climate Forward)-The ivory-billed woodpecker, which birders have been seeking in the bayous of Arkansas, is gone forever, according to federal officials. So is the Bachman’s warbler, a yellow-breasted songbird that once migrated between the Southeastern United States and Cuba. The song of the Kauai O’o, a Hawaiian forest bird, exists only on recordings. And there is no longer any hope for several types of freshwater mussels that once filtered streams and rivers from Georgia to Illinois.

    In all, 22 animals and one plant should be declared extinct and removed from the endangered species list, federal wildlife officials announced on Wednesday.

  • • Bees Kill 63 Endangered Penguins in South Africa
    Postmortems Showed the African
    Penguins Had Multiple Stings Around Their Eyes

    Sep. 19, 2021, (The Guardian), -A swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said.

    The protected birds were found dead in Simon’s Town, a small town near Cape Town home to a colony of penguins, and taken for postmortems.

  • • Outcry Over Killing of Almost 1,500 Dolphins on Faroe Islands
    Was This the largest Such
    Massacre in the Islands’ History?

    Sep. 14, 2021, (The Guardian), -Even the staunchest defenders of traditional whaling in the Faroe Islands have condemned the “cruel and unnecessary” massacre on Sunday of a superpod of nearly 1,500 dolphins, which were driven into shallow waters of the Skálabotnur beach on the island of Eysturoy and left writhing for hours before being killed.

    The Sea Shepherd Group, which has been campaigning to stop the traditional Faroese “Grind” hunt since the 1980s, has claimed Sunday’s hunt was “the largest single killing of dolphins or pilot whales in the islands’ history”, with more animals perishing than in an entire season at the infamous “Cove” at Taiji, Japan.

  • • Grim Warning for Aussie Species
    Blunt News About the Future for
    Some of the Country’s Favorite Species

    Sep. 3, 2021, (ENN Network)-The first comprehensive list of the threats to Australia’s most endangered plants and animals reveals blunt news about the future for some of the country’s favorite species.

    The University of Queensland-led study has compiled a data set, listing the threats to Australian species from habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation.

    Michelle Ward, a PhD candidate at UQ’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences said while it painted a grim picture for many plants and animals, it was not all bad news.

  • • Foods are Poisoning Raptors
    Their Population is in Decline

    Sep. 1, 2021, (ZME Science)-Birds of prey are declining all throughout the world, according to new research, putting the health of ecosystems at risk. Habitat destruction is the main driver of this decline.

    The paper analyzed data from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and BirdLife International, a global partnership of non-governmental organizations involved in the conservation of birds and their habitat. Overall, the data showed that around 50% of the 577 bird of prey (raptor) species worldwide are declining in number. Roughly 30% are threatened, vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered, with 18 species falling into the latter category.

  • • Amazon Rainforest Fires Threaten Local Species
    Since 2001 an Area Up
    to the Size of Washington
    State has Been Burned

    Sep. 1, 2021, (ScienceNews)-Much of the Amazon’s biodiversity is under fire — literally.

    In the last two decades, deforestation and forest fires have encroached on the ranges of thousands of plant and animal species in the Amazon rainforest, including up to 85% of threatened species in the region, researchers report September 1 in Nature.

    The extent of the damage is closely tied to the enforcement, or lack thereof, of regulations in Brazil aimed at protecting the forest from widespread logging as well as the fires often used to clear open space in the forest and other encroachments. The findings illustrate the key role that forest use regulations have in the fate of the Amazon rainforest, the researchers argue.

  • • Protecting Rare Gorillas in Cameroon
    Villagers and Scientists Are Working
    Together to Protect Rare
    Primates in the Ebo Rainforest.

    Aug. 27, 2021, (DW News)- The Ebo forest in the Congo Basin is the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, after the Amazon Basin. It covers about 1,500 square kilometers (580 square miles) in Cameroon, and is home to rare primates, including chimpanzees and gorillas that are targeted by poachers.

    The Ebo Forest Research Project was launched eight years ago by scientists from Cameroon and the United States. They are working in close cooperation with three communities in the forest to protect these endangered animals. By joining the Gorilla Friends Club, villagers can participate in monitoring the forest, where a new subspecies of gorilla has been found. They follow the animals' movement based on their droppings, tracks and nests and using camera traps.

  • •  Lawsuit Launched Over Dismal Pace of Foreign Wildlife Protections
    A List of the Creatures Affected

    Aug. 26, 2021 (Center for Biological Diversity),-The bringer of this article announced its intent today to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to propose Endangered Species Act protection for 19 foreign wildlife species. The species, which include five butterflies, 13 birds and a clam, are parked on the Service’s “candidate” wait list, where some have lingered unprotected for over 30 years.

    In early August the Service acknowledged that all 19 animals warrant Endangered Species Act safeguards but claimed protection for them was “precluded” by other agency work. The agency added only one foreign species to the ESA and removed none during the fiscal years of 2019 and 2020. But when the agency had a similar budget under the Obama administration it averaged five listing actions a year. Despite conservationists’ hopes that the Biden administration would clear the backlog, the Service has protected only two foreign species since President Biden’s inauguration.

  • • Beavers to Make ‘Cautious’ Return to England
    Legal Protection Did Help

    Aug. 25, 2021 (The Guardian),-Beavers will be released into the wild under government proposals to support a “cautious” return of the semi-aquatic mammals to English rivers.

    The native animals will also be given legal protection in England, making it an offense to deliberately capture, kill, disturb or injure them, or damage their breeding sites or resting places, as part of efforts to support their recovery.

  • • Protecting Rare Gorillas in Cameroon
    Villagers and Scientists are
    Working Together to Protect Rare
    Primates in the Ebo Rainforest.

    Aug. 24, 2021, (DW News) -The Ebo forest in the Congo Basin is the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, after the Amazon Basin. It covers about 1,500 square kilometers (580 square miles) in Cameroon, and is home to rare primates, including chimpanzees and gorillas that are targeted by poachers.

    The Ebo Forest Research Project was launched eight years ago by scientists from Cameroon and the United States. They are working in close cooperation with three communities in the forest to protect these endangered animals. By joining the Gorilla Friends Club, villagers can participate in monitoring the forest, where a new subspecies of gorilla has been found. They follow the animals' movement based on their droppings, tracks and nests and using camera traps.

  • • Native Clover Species Being Dropped from Endangered List
    It’s Now Known to Grow in 175
    Places in Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri,
    Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

    Aug. 8, 2021 (Herald-Tribune) -A native plant called running buffalo clover that had been considered extinct is being removed from the federal endangered species list after bouncing back in a half-dozen states east of the Mississippi River, officials said Thursday.

  • • The Dangers Faced by the Emperor Penguin Population
    98% of Emperor Penguin Colonies Could
    be Extinct by 2100 as Ice Melts

    Aug. 3, 2021 (THE CONVERSATION) -Emperor penguins thrive on Antarctica’s coastlines in icy conditions any human would find extreme. Yet, like Goldilocks, they have a narrow comfort zone: If there’s too much sea ice, trips to bring food from the ocean become long and arduous, and their chicks may starve. With too little sea ice, the chicks are at risk of drowning.

    Climate change is now putting that delicate balance and potentially the entire species at risk.

    Can the Endangered Species Act save them?

  • • Bats Are Now Threatened by Climate Change
    What This Will Mean

    July 28, 2021 (The Revelator) -The Isabelline Serotine bat (Eptesicus isabellinus) ranges across areas north of the Sahara and into the southern portion of the Iberian Peninsula. But it may be time for the species to start packing its bags.

    A new study in Global Ecology and Conservation found that dozens of bat species living in parts of the world predicted to get hotter and drier with climate change will need to shift their ranges to find suitable habitat. For Isabelline Serotine bats that could mean a big move — more than 1,000 miles, the researchers determined.

  • • House Hearing to Focus on Bills to Save Critically Endangered Species
    Current Budget Fails to Supply
    the Sufficent Funds for
    the Fish & Wildlife Service

    July 28, 2021 (Center for Biological Diversity) -The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife will hold a legislative hearing Thursday to review more than a dozen conservation bills, which would provide millions of dollars in long-overdue funding for protecting and recovering critically endangered species and ecosystems.

    “The global extinction crisis is ravaging life on earth, so it’s heartening to see Congress begin to address the devastating decline of wildlife,” said Stephanie Kurose, a senior policy specialist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “These bills offer real hope that help is finally on the way for some of our most neglected and endangered animals and plants.”

    The Extinction Prevention Act (H.R. 3396), for example, would create four grant programs. Each would provide $5 million per year to fund crucial conservation work for some of the most critically imperiled species in the United States: North American butterflies, freshwater mussels, desert fish and Hawaiian plants.

  • • Should Coral Reefs Have Legal Rights?
    This and Other Questions
    We Should be Asking

    July 28, 2021 (ZME Science) - Although few people have actually seen coral reefs, most of us are aware that they do exist — at least at some level. We know that somewhere in the sea, there are these large, magnificent structures called coral reefs. But after pretty pictures and vague ideas about their environment, our collective imagination usually stops.

    In his book, Coral Reefs: Majestic Realms under the Sea, marine ecologist Peter F. Sale takes a deep dive into the world of coral reefs. Drawing from his own research and the work of others, Sale walks us through what we know about corals, how we know it, and (perhaps most importantly) why corals are under grave threat — because of human activity.

Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Creatures of the Photo Ark
    Nat Geo Photographer
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    Joel Sartore has traveled the world for more than 25 years, photographing subjects from tiny to terrifying.

    These images are not to be missed.

  • 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.

  • Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
    Their Mission

    The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is dedicated to the conservation, protection and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. Our successful, integrated approach includes close collaboration with local governments and communities as well as partners from around the world

  • 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.

  • 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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    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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    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.

  • My Green World
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    World of the Wild is a unique game that gives users an opportunity to participate in fun gameplay while contributing to real life wildlife conservation efforts. This app gamifies the concept of saving animals and allows you to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals and habitats within your own carefully crafted world. Each animal in the app represents a real-life charity!

    Partnered with 18 charities, World of the Wild offers unique facts and pop quizzes and will allow users to rescue animals in need! The game will empower the global community and transform online culture while restoring the natural world. It's a change to the status quo; utilising online activism to achieve tangible results in conservation.

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Redlist of Threatened Species
    The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity

    Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global extinction risk status of animal, fungus and plant species.

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    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.

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  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • Big Trouble For Koalas
    They May Be Extinct
    in Australia's New South
    Wales by 2050

    June 30, 2020,(NBC NEWS)-Koalas in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) could become extinct by 2050 unless the government immediately intervenes to protect them and their habitat, a parliamentary inquiry determined after a year-long inquiry.

    Land clearing for agriculture, urban development, mining and forestry had been the biggest factor in the fragmentation and loss of habitat for the animals in NSW, the country’s most populous state, over several decades.

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • International Polar Bear Day
    International Polar Bear Day
    Celebrated Annually on Feb. 27th

    Sea ice loss from human-caused climate warming is the single biggest threat to polar bears.

    Polar bears rely on sea ice to hunt seals, breed, and sometimes den. We could see dramatic declines in polar bear numbers by mid-century if we do not greatly reduce the use of fossil fuels for our energy needs, and instead shift to renewables.

    We invite you to join us in electing leaders who support a rapid transition from fossil fuels—making renewable energy options the easy, and affordable, choice across communities.

  • • The Species We Lost in 2020
    They May No Longer Exist Due To
    Humanity’s Destructive Effects On The Plane

    Jan. 6, 2021 (The Revelator) -A few months ago a group of scientists warned about the rise of extinction denial, an effort much like climate denial to mischaracterize the extinction crisis and suggest that human activity isn’t really having a damaging effect on ecosystems and the whole planet.

    That damaging effect is, in reality, impossible to deny.

  • • The Species We Lost in 2019
    Pesticides Are Killing Off
    the Andean Condor

    Jan. 6, 2020 (The Revelator)— We lost a lot of species in 2019.

    The year started with the extinction of a tiny Hawaiian snail and ended with the loss of one of the world’s largest freshwater fishes.

    Along the way we also said goodbye to three bird species, a shark, two frogs, several plants, and a whole lot more.

  • • World Penguin Awareness Day
    A Day Set Aside to
    Honor these Wonderful Birds

    Jan. 6, 2021(DaysoftheYear)-Penguins are fun and interesting animals that are unique in many different ways. There are currently over 18 different known species of penguin and some of them have been around the planet for well over 65 million years. They’re a beloved animal thanks to many popular depictions in movies and children’s stories, but they’re also fascinating birds that have piqued the interest of many people all over the world.

  • • The Endangered Sumatran Rhino
    How to Restore Them

    With fewer than 80 Sumatran Rhinos left in the world, restoring their population is of utmost importance. That’s why Global Wildlife is part of the Sumatran Rhino Survival Alliance, a groundbreaking strategic partnership that focuses on conservation breeding. The group is led by the International Rhino Foundation, International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC), National Geographic Society, GWC and WWF.

    The Alliance has launched a new project called Sumatran Rhino Rescue. The effort, established to support the government of Indonesia’s national Sumatran Rhino breeding program, brings together previously disparate voices and organizations around a single plan to save the species. This ambitious effort includes:

    Click now to view the list of proposals.

  • • Where Have All the Insects Gone?
    Populations of Species Worldwide
    are Falling at Alarming Rate

    April, 2021, (National Geographic)-The extinction of the one-inch-wide Xerces blue butterfly, last seen in the dunes around San Francisco nearly 80 years ago, may have been a harbinger of what some scientists fear could become a global insect die-off.

  • • 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.

  • • Saving The Southern Resident Orca
    AKA: Puget Sound Killer Whale

    (Center for Biological Diversity) -The The charismatic killer whale, or orca, is the totem species of northwest Washington and coastal British Columbia.

    This intelligent, social predator is known to form lasting social bonds and lives in highly organized pods where everyone cares for the young, sick or injured. But like all endangered species, those pods must learn how to navigate the complicated, dangerous terrain of the 21st century.

    As few as 72 Southern Residents remain on Earth. They’re in a dangerous decline because of a lack of food, pollution, and noise and disturbance from boats.

  • • Solomon Islands Coral Reef Under Stress
    Watch the Short Video

    June 4, 2021 (Wildlife Conservation Society), -Coral reefs are in crisis. These crucial undersea ecosystems have been battered in recent years, especially by climate change. The gravity of the situation is real: Over 20% of the world’s coral reefs have vanished in the last 30 years.

    Even reefs in shallow areas, previously thought less vulnerable, are showing alarming signs of climate-related stress. Tour a reef in the South Pacific that just underwent a major bleaching event—and be a witness to the urgency of climate action now.

  • • 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).

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • Managing Conflicts With Lynx, Bobcats and Cougars
    Preventing and Managing ConflictsM
    With Lynx, Bobcats and Cougars

     (Province of Ontario)- Includes advice on the following:
    1. encountering a cougar or lynx
    2. make a property uninviting
    3. avoid conflicts
    4. protecting livestock
    5. humane lethal action

  • • Bringing Back the ‘Most Endangered Bird’ in the U.S.
    Three Years After Being Described
    as Nearly Extinct, the Florida
    Grasshopper Sparrow Soars Again.

    Jan. 25, 2021, (National Geographic)-Ashleigh Blackford has seen her share of dramatic bird releases over the years. She vividly recalls California condors soaring high into the sky and San Clemente loggerhead shrikes fluttering free.

    The tiny Florida grasshopper sparrow, on the other hand, merely hopped out of an open screen and skittered along the ground, says Blackford, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.

  • • UN Says the Great Barrier Reef Be Listed 'in Danger'
    Australia is Irked by the Notion

    June 22 , 2021 (REUTERS) -The Great Barrier Reef should be added to a list of World Heritage Sites that are “in danger”, a United Nations panel said on Tuesday, drawing an angry response from Australia, which called the recommendation politically motivated.

    Australia has lobbied furiously for years to stay off the endangered list as it could lead to the world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem losing the U.N. heritage status, taking some of the shine off its attraction for tourists.

  • • The Rice Whale (Not the Bryde's Whale) Is In Trouble
    A New Whale Species in the
    Gulf is already Teetering on Extinction

    (NOLA.com), -Jan. 25, 2021, There was always something a little odd about the exceedingly rare Bryde’s whales that live in the Gulf of Mexico.

    For one thing, the endangered and rarely studied Bryde’s (pronounced broodus) ranges across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, but the ones in the Gulf are homebodies, preferring to stay in the deep waters between Louisiana and Florida. They also behave differently. Instead of snagging fish near the surface like their far-flung cousins do, the Bryde’s whales of the Gulf appear to dine in deep water.

 

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • 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).

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • East Africa's Coral Refuge
    A Rare Ocean "Cool
    Spot" in the Pemba Channel

    Sep. 23, 2021, (Wildlife Conservation Society)-n 2020, scientists highlighted a gem in the waters off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania -- a deep channel of cool water, where threatened species of corals, sharks, and dolphins still thrive despite accelerating climate change. An underwater trove of biodiversity formed by glaciers receding from the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro thousands of years ago, this marine area is a rare refuge for the species that call it home and the coastal communities who have relied on its waters for food and livelihoods for generations.

    This is the story of East Africa's Coral Refuge: how it was formed, the people and wildlife whose lives are inextricably tied to it, and a call to protect it amid a warming and developing world (with video, photos and map.

  • • Take The Arctic Wildlife Quiz
    How Much Do You
    Know About Arctic Wildlife?

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

  • • World Penguin Day - Who Knew?
    Penguin Facts You Might Want to Know

    Apr. 25, 2021 (ZME Science), -World Penguin Day is upon us. Pioneered at McMurdo Station — an American Research center on Ross Island in Antarctica — to raise awareness and inform the public more about the plights of flightless birds, it has been embraced by environmentalists all over the globe. It was noticed by scientists that April 25 was the specific day which the Adelie penguins began to make their trip north for food during the wintertime, so that was the day that got the devotion.

    While popular belief is that all penguin species live in Antarctica, in fact, only five have ever visited, and only two (the Adelie and emperor) call it home 24/7. The Humboldt of Chile and Peru live on the shores of the Atacama Desert, the driest desert in the world where temperatures can reach around 70°F (21°C). The yellow-eyed penguins of Enderby Island off New Zealand burrow under the trees of the dwarf rata forests.

    Click now to read or listen to 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.

  • • The Dangers of Wildlife Trafficking
    10 Things Everyone Needs to Know

    Sep. 10, 2020 (The Revelator) -These crimes threaten tens of thousands of species around the world, causing extinctions, hurting people and spreading disease.

    In August 2020 federal authorities charged a dozen people for illegally trafficking millions of dollars of shark fins in Florida and two other states over the previous seven years.

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

    Click now for the images
    and the story behind them.

  • • Gray Wales Are Dying Off in the Pacific
    The Gray Whale Population
    Plummeted by Nearly a
    Quarter Between 2016 and 2020

    Apr. 13, 2021, (National Geographic)-Over the last three years, Fishermen have noticed ominous changes. The whales are arriving in the estuary later in the year, and many appear malnourished, the jagged outline of vertebrae visible on their typically fatty backs. More whales than usual have been washing up dead along the shore.

  • • The Vital Species We Can't Afford to Lose
    The Vital Species We Can't Afford to Lose

    Mar. 10, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) - Every species on Earth plays an important role. But when it comes to sustaining life on our planet, some are more important than others. On World Wildlife Day, DW takes a look at some of those we can't afford to lose. Here is a list:

    1.Bees, 2. Ants, 3. Fungi, 4. Phytoplankton, 5. Bats, 6. Earthworms, 7. Primates and 8. Coral

    Click now to learn why.

  • • Baby Bees Are Suffering From Brain Damage
    Pesticides are Causing ‘Permanent and Irreversible’ Damage

    (Science Focus), -March. 4, 2020, The pesticide imidacloprid causes baby bumblebees’ brains to develop abnormally. When the larvae ate food contaminated with the pesticide, a key area of their brains underdeveloped. The bees’ ability to learn was impaired as a result, and the effects lasted for their whole lives.

    Baby bumblebees develop abnormally when exposed to food contaminated with a certain type of pesticide, scientists have found.

    Researchers from the Imperial College London scanned the brains of bees exposed to imidacloprid, an insecticide with a similar chemical composition to nicotine. They found the key region of the brain that facilitates learning showed reduced growth in the insects exposed to imidacloprid.

  • • Petition to Help Humpback Whales to Survive
    New Hope for
    Humpbacks' Ocean Home

    Dec. 1, 2019  (Center for Biological Diversity)-Each spring humpback whales migrate hundreds and thousands of miles to feed in U.S. waters. Fish are flying. Birds are swooping. Every time they breach, it's a sight to behold.

    But a host of threats continues to endanger their existence. That's why we've been fighting for them for years — and now, following a Center lawsuit, the federal government has proposed to protect more than 175,000 square miles of humpbacks' ocean habitat in California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

    Tell the National Marine Fisheries Service to finalize these protections now and shield humpbacks from ship strikes, noise, pollution, overfishing, oil spills and entanglements.

  • • It's Not Going Right For North. Atlantic Whales
    North Atlantic Right Whales Now
    Officially 'One Step From Extinction'

    July 16, 2020,(The Guardian)- With their population still struggling to recover from over three centuries of whaling, the North Atlantic right whale is now just “one step from extinction”, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN last week moved the whale’s status on their Red List from “endangered” to “critically endangered” – the last stop before the species is considered extinct in the wild.

  • • Enjoy That Shrimp Cocktail While You Still Can
    Coldwater Shrimp: Catch Has
    Been Declining For More Than a Decade

    (EUROFIDH Magazine)- Northern shrimp or Coldwater shrimp (Pandalus borealis) which is found all around the Arctic is the most frequent and economically important species of the decapod genus Pandalus. The firm, tender flesh of this coldwater shrimp is deemed particularly tasty.

    Despite its relatively small size it has been targeted by the fishing industry since the early 20th century. However, the stocks have been declining for several years, probably as a result of global climate change.

    Northern shrimp live in the icy waters of the northern hemisphere. In the Atlantic they are to be found from New England along the Canadian coast, off Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard as far as Norway and the deep sea regions of the North Sea. And in the Pacific, in the Okhotsk Sea, the Bering Strait and in the waters off Alaska.

  • • What We Have to Fear From Endangered Species
    These Invaders, Large and Small, Have Devastating Effects on Wildlife.

    (National Wildlife Federation (NWF)) -Invasive species are among the leading threats to native wildlife. Approximately 42% of threatened or endangered species are at risk due to invasive species.

    Human health and economies are also at risk from invasive species. Their impacts on our natural ecosystems and economy cost billions of dollars each year. Many of our commercial, agricultural, and recreational activities depend on healthy native ecosystems.

  • • 10 Things We Need to Know About Wildlife Trafficking
    Threat to Tens of
    Thousands of Species Globally

    (The Revelator), -Sept. 10, 2020, In August 2020 federal authorities charged a dozen people for illegally trafficking millions of dollars of shark fins in Florida and two other states over the previous seven years.

    According to the indictment, the defendants and their two shell companies also smuggled marijuana across the country and laundered their ill-gotten gains into gold, jewels and other commodities.

    Although the court cases could still take months, the arrests represent a rare victory in the world of wildlife crime.

  • • 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 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.

  • • 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.

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