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Endangered Species News (in Date Order) For the Past 4 Months

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  • • The World’s Most Endangered Animal Species
    Exploring the Vanishing Wonders


    May 27, 2023 -From majestic mammals to awe-inspiring marine life and delicate winged wonders, these extraordinary beings face the brink of extinction.

    Their survival hangs in the balance, calling us to act and become their guardians. Join us on a journey to explore the world of these endangered species, raise awareness, ignite compassion, and inspire change.

  • • Court Overturns Federal Authorization
    to Kill 72 Grizzlies Near Yellowstone
    The 'Bear'ing of Good
    News For a Change


    May 25, 2023 - The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s authorization of the killing of up to 72 grizzly bears on public land just outside of Yellowstone National Park violated federal law.

    Meant to accommodate private grazing operations in grizzly habitat, the 2019 grazing authorization would have allowed an unlimited percentage of females to be killed in response to livestock conflict, despite the significance of breeding bears to the species’ recovery. But now the court has remanded the decision to the agencies to fix the legal deficiencies.

  • • Dipping Ocean Oxygen Levels Danger
    Fish Face an Uncertain Future


    May 24, 2023 -Off the coast of southeastern China, one particular fish species is booming: the oddly named Bombay duck, a long, slim fish with a distinctive, gaping jaw and a texture like jelly. When research ships trawl the seafloor off that coast, they now catch upwards of 440 pounds of the gelatinous fish per hour—a more than tenfold increase over a decade ago. “It’s monstrous,” says University of British Columbia fisheries researcher Daniel Pauly of the explosion in numbers.

    The reason for this mass invasion, says Pauly, is extremely low oxygen levels in these polluted waters. Fish species that can’t cope with less oxygen have fled, while the Bombay duck, part of a small subset of species that is physiologically better able to deal with less oxygen, has moved in.

  • • Ecuador Strikes a Landmark
    Deal to Protect the Galápagos, and Save Cash
    Darwin Would Have Been Proud


    May 9, 2023 - Ecuador announced a record-setting deal on Tuesday designed to reduce its debt burden and free up hundreds of millions of dollars to fund marine conservation around the Galápagos Islands, an archipelago of unique biodiversity that’s famous for inspiring Darwin’s theory of evolution.

    The arrangement, known as a debt-for-nature deal, is a bit like refinancing a mortgage, only for government bonds.

  • • Scientists Reintroduce 5,000 Polynesian Snails
    Biggest ‘Extinct in the
    Wild’ Release Ever


    May 4, 2023 -Snails don’t travel long distances quickly, but five thousand hand-painted snails whooshed over 9,300 miles in an airplane to reach the tropical islands of Moorea and Tahiti. They weren’t going on vacation. They were on a mission: to bring balance to the ecosystem.

  • • A Mission to Save Endangered Rays
    Knowing Were the Enigmatic Creatures Mate and Migrate
    is Key to their Conservation


    May 2, 2023 -The first time Jessica Pate swam beside a manta ray off Florida’s southern coast, the 8-foot-wide fish flipped belly-up and slowed to watch her. “I was kind of obsessed after that,” Pate says. The marine biologist was so hooked that she founded the conservation nonprofit Florida Manta Project and has dedicated the last seven years to studying mantas and their kin.

    Her work is paying off. She and her colleagues have since discovered the first known manta nursery in Florida’s waters.

  • • Insect Numbers are Dwindling
    We Now Know Why


    May 1, 2023 -Climate change, land-use intensification for agriculture and building development, and the spread of invasive species are working together to bring down insect numbers around the world, a team of international researchers concluded. This means detrimental consequences for ecosystems but it can still be addressed by fast and ambitious action, the team said.

  • • Bad News For Asian Elephants
    Shrinking Habitats
    Will Increase Conflicts


    Apr. 27, 2023 - A team of scientists led by a researcher from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) has discovered that over the past three centuries, the Asian elephant’s natural habitat has shrunk by a staggering 3 million square kilometers.

    Click now for the details.

  • • A Vast Savanna in Brazil Dedicated to Conservation
    The Result Was a Haven For Threatened Species


    Apr. 26, 2023 - While the loss of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest gets a lot of attention, a nearby ecosystem is disappearing even faster: the vast grasslands that cover much of central Brazil.

    Known as the Cerrado, the savanna is home to endangered species including the giant anteater and the maned wolf. It is also coveted by agribusiness as prime land for growing soybeans and grazing cattle. Each year, roughly 10,000 square kilometers of savanna is lost—an area almost the size of Connecticut. That’s means it’s vanishing 2.5 times faster than the Amazon’s forests.

  • • A 'Grizzly' Decision Against Logging
    Court Blocks Logging in Montana’s Kootenai National Forest


    Apr. 24, 2023 -A federal judge today halted logging and road construction for the large Knotty Pine timber sale project in the Kootenai National Forest. The project threatens a small, imperiled population of grizzly bears near the Montana-Canada border.

    Today’s order prohibits the U.S. Forest Service from any ground-disturbing activities, previously set to begin next month, until the court can issue a final ruling on the merits of the case.

  • • Good News For Orcas
    Southern Resident Orcas Move Closer to Oregon Endangered Species Protections


    Apr. 21, 2023 -The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted today to advance a petition seeking to protect Southern Resident orcas under the state Endangered Species Act.

    The petition was brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Whale and Dolphin Conservation.

  • • Urchins Are Dying Off Across the Caribbean
    Scientists Now Know Why


    Apr. 19, 2023 -Since early 2022, sea urchins have been mysteriously dying off across the Caribbean. Now scientists say they have identified the main culprit: a type of relatively large, single-celled marine microorganism called a scuticociliate.

  • • An Extinction Crystal Ball
    A New Method of Predicting the Extinction of Some Species


    Apr. 19, 2023 -When a species is pushed to the brink of extinction, it’s nearly impossible to bring it back. Consider the Southern Resident killer whales of the Pacific Northwest.

    Some scientists hope to help avoid the last-gasp desperation that often accompanies such crises by creating a sort of early warning system alerting policymakers to species that are most likely to be in peril decades from now.

  • • Birds Are Vanishing – and Their Crisis is Our Crisis
    Look Up, Listen,
    and Be Very Concerned


    Bu Mark Cocker, Apr. 17, 2023 -The UK has lost 40m birds since 1970 and Europe as a whole has lost 600m birds since 1980. The British figures, especially for farmland species such as skylark and lapwing, have long been the worst of any country in the region. The North American continent, meanwhile, but especially the US, has seen avian populations fall by almost a third since 1970, losing a cumulative 3bn birds.

  • • Wiped Out: The West’s Most Iconic Cactus
    Heat, Drought and an Invasive Grass Are Driving Wildfires Killing the Giant Saguaros In Arizona


    Apr. 10, 2023 -“Saguaros aren’t regenerating and establishing populations in the wild anymore in the last 24 years,” Aya Pickett, a restoration project manager with the Tucson Audubon Society, told the group of volunteers before they set off to plant cactuses. “They really require specific weather conditions. A really good monsoon season. One really good winter. And then another really good monsoon season after that.”

    Because of changing weather patterns due to climate change, she said, that hasn’t happened for over two decades.

  • • India's Tigers: Welcome Back!
    Dangerously Scarce 50 Years Ago, They've Bounced Back


    Apr. 9, 2023 -In the early 1970s, things looked grim for India’s tigers. A wild population estimated in the tens of thousands at the time of independence in 1947 had shrunk to around 1,800. The tigers’ decline also held worrying implications for the nation’s environment because the apex predator is part of a complex but fragile ecosystem. Something had to be done.

    As India celebrated the 50th anniversary of an intensive conservation effort known as Project Tiger, there was success to report: The tiger population had nearly doubled in the decades since, to 3,167.

  • • Endangered Birds Most At Risk of Extinction
    12 Are Listed Here


    Apr. 7, 2023 - There are roughly 18,000 species of birds in the world, many of which are at risk of extinction. A University of Washington study nearly doubles the previous estimates of the number of aves. Critically endangered listings include approximately 12% of the endangered population. This listing is the worst classification before “extinct in the wild.” Let’s take a look at 12 endangered birds most at risk of extinction.

    Click now for the full story.

  • • Protecting Endangered Corals Habitat
    It May Need a Lawyer

    Mar. 27, 2023, (stamford advocate) -An environmental group filed a lawsuit Monday accusing the U.S. government of failing to protect 12 endangered coral species across the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean that have been decimated by warming waters, pollution and overfishing.

    The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity said it filed the lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service more than two years after the agency proposed to protect more than 6,000 square miles worth of coral habitat but never did so.

  • • Saving Hainan Gibbons, Earth’s Rarest Primate
    Experts Roll Out the Big Tech

    MB News

    Mar. 27, 2023 -As scientists and the Chinese government ramp up efforts to protect the critically endangered Hainan gibbon, technology is playing an important part in helping track and monitor the species better.

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • • A Sting Operation to Save Elephants
    With No 'Stings' Attached


    Mar. 27, 2023 -It’s a familiar, dreaded scenario in many parts of Africa and Asia: An elephant shows up, wanders into farmers’ fields, and tramples and eats crops. Sometimes farmers fight back, and elephants are killed.

    That series of events seemed likely to play out recently when a forest elephant bull emerged from the dense jungle surrounding Gbarnjala village in northwestern Liberia.

  • • A Ray of Hope Against Industrial Bycatch Threat
    Enter - The 'Manta Grid'

    MB News

    Mar. 27, 2023 -Most species of manta and devil rays (genus Mobula) are endangered, yet industrial purse seine fishing vessels unintentionally catch about 13,000 each year while hunting tuna, according to one scientific estimate.

    New regulations, handling techniques and equipment aim to reduce this number.

  • • The Worst Frog Disease in Recorded History
    They Could Be Wiped
    From the Face of the Earth


    Mar. 18, 2023 -A fungus that gruesomely kills frogs and other amphibians is responsible for the biggest decline in wildlife in recorded history. In the past 50 years since the first outbreaks were signaled by biologists, the disease, known as chytridiomycosis, has been linked to massive declines in populations (over 90%) and extinctions of hundreds of amphibian species.

  • • A Whale of a Lawsuit
    National Marine Fisheries Service Failed to Protect Endangered Pacific Humpback Whales


    Mar. 15, 2023 -“This is a clear win for endangered humpback whales, who face enough deadly threats in the water already,” said Kristen Monsell, oceans legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Fishing gear and lines in migrating humpbacks’ habitat mean more entanglements, and the Fisheries Service shouldn’t have ignored those risks. These majestic animals deserve to live without lethal obstacles in their way. This victory will help them recover.”

  • • Europe’s First Wild River
    National Park Announced in Albania
    It's an Historic Moment


    Mar. 15, 2023 -One of the last wild rivers in Europe, home to more than 1,000 animal and plant species, has been declared a national park by the Albanian government, making the Vjosa the first of its kind on the continent.

    The Vjosa River flows 168 miles (270kms) from the Pindus mountains in Greece through narrow canyons, plains and forests in Albania to the Adriatic coast. Free from dams or other artificial barriers, it is rich in aquatic species and supports myriad wildlife, including otters, the endangered Egyptian vulture and the critically endangered Balkan lynx, of which only 15 are estimated to remain in Albania.

  • • Some Starfish Threatened With Extinction
    The 23-Armed Hunter
    Is Set to Get Protection


    Mar. 15, 2023 -Sunflower sea stars, huge starfish that until recently thrived in waters up and down the west coast of North America, are threatened with extinction and should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, federal officials said Wednesday.

  • • David Attendborough's Endangered Species Episode
    It Will Not Be Shown on the BBC


    Mar. 10, 2023 -The BBC has decided not to broadcast an episode of Sir David Attenborough’s flagship new series on British wildlife because of fears its themes of the destruction of nature would risk a backlash from Tory politicians and the rightwing press, the Guardian has been told.

    The decision has angered the programmer-makers and some insiders at the BBC, who fear the corporation has bowed to pressure from lobbying groups with “dinosaurian ways”.

  • • Best Ways to Protect Whale Habitat
    Where it Once Was,
    or Where it is Now?


    Mar. 1, 2023 -Ecologists and conservationists trying to restore long-damaged habitats or revive nearly-extinct species are challenged to piece together accurate pictures of the natural world from decades or centuries ago. A flawed understanding of how natural systems once worked can stymie recovery.

    Scientists in Washington state, for instance, turned to 150-year-old survey records from early colonists to get a better picture of what the region’s river habitat once looked like. The hope was that it could better guide how millions of dollars are spent to recover flagging salmon runs.

  • • Helping Nature Help Us
    Conservation Works Best When it’s Focused On Whole Systems


    Mar. 7, 2023 -The climate and biodiversity crises are deeply linked, and scientists say they must be addressed together.The people behind Climate Forward looked at why some states can’t protect insects.

    That lack of authority is a problem for at least two reasons: First, many insect species show alarming declines. Second, the rest of terrestrial life on this planet, including humans, relies on insects. Creatures like bees, butterflies and beetles pollinate plants, enrich soil and provide a critical source of protein for other species up the food chain.

  • • Sarasota Bay Continues to Lose Seagrass Growth
    Manatees Depend Upon It

    Mar. 4, 2023, (Sarasota Herald-Tribune) -Seagrass acreage in Sarasota Bay dropped by 26% from 2016 to 2022, according to the head of the bay’s estuary preservation program.

    This new information comes from aerial maps the Southwest Florida Water Management District made of the bay’s seagrass meadows.

    The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is able to learn about the health of the bay by tracking these plants. When water quality is poor, seagrasses die. Manatees, which rely on that vegetation for food, will then starve.

  • • Nations Agree on Language for
    Historic Treaty to Protect Ocean Life
    The UN Agreement is a Significant Step Toward Protecting Biodiversity


    Mar. 4, 2023 -After two decades of planning and talks that culminated in a grueling race over the past few days in New York, a significant majority of nations agreed on language for a historic UN treaty that would protect ocean biodiversity.

    As marine life faces threats from climate change, overfishing, the possibility of seabed mining and other dangers, the treaty would make it possible to create marine-protected areas and enact other conservation measures on the “high seas,” the immense expanse of ocean covering almost half the world.

  • • Dead Whales Have Washed Up on the East Coast
    23 Since Last December


    Feb. 28, 2023 -First a North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species, washed ashore in Virginia. Then a humpback floated onto a beach in New Jersey. Not long afterward, a minke whale, swept in on the morning tide, landed on the Rockaway Peninsula in New York City.

    In all, 23 dead whales have washed ashore along the East Coast since early December, including 12 in New Jersey and New York, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

  • • California Spotted Owl Gets Endangered
    Species Act Protections After 23 Years
    Agreement Leads Federal Agency to Implement Some Safeguards


    Feb. 22, 2023 -The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will protect the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act. The owls have seen their numbers dwindle because of logging and climate change, among other threats.

    Today’s proposal would list the owl’s southern/coastal population as endangered. The Sierra Nevada population would receive threatened status, but a 4d loophole would exempt many logging operations from having to comply with the Act’s rules.

  • • Putting Big Predators Back Into Wild Places
    Acclimation Pens and
    Using Wild-Born Animals
    Helps Reintroductions Succeed


    Feb. 22, 2023 -Toothy predators are celebrities of the animal kingdom. Whether it’s wolves in Montana, snow leopards in Central Asia, grizzlies in Alaska or lions in Africa, we are drawn to their displays of power, even when it comes with a tingle of fear. There’s a reason why that Disney blockbuster isn’t called “The Zebra King.”

    That helps to explain why the release of such animals back into their native habitat is often accompanied by headlines and predictions that such animals will be ecological saviors or menaces. But after the animals have been set free, there is another question: Did it work?

  • • Robots Enter the Race to Save Dying Coral Reefs
    They Need All the Help They Can Get


    Feb. 16, 2023 -Taryn Foster believes Australia’s dying coral reefs can still be rescued—if she can speed up efforts to save them. For years, biologists like her have been lending a hand to reefs struggling with rising temperatures and ocean acidity: They’ve collected coral fragments and cut them into pieces to propagate and grow them in nurseries on land; they’ve crossbred species to build in heat-resistance; they’ve experimented with probiotics as a defense against deadly diseases.

    But even transplanting thousands of these healthy and upgraded corals onto damaged reefs will not be enough to save entire ecosystems, Foster says. “We need some way of deploying corals at scale.” Sounds like a job for some robots.

  • • Orca Moms Pay a High Price to Feed Large Adult Sons
    Sexism Is Not
    Exclusive to Just Humans


    Feb. 9, 2023 -A fully grown male orca is one of the planet’s fiercest hunters. He’s a wily, streamlined torpedo who can weigh as much as 11 tons. No other animal preys on him. Yet in at least one population, these apex predators struggle to survive without their moms, who catch their food and even cut it up for them.

  • • Lawsuit Launched Over Delay of Endangered
    Species Act Protection for 15 Animals, Plants
    Here's the List


    Feb. 7, 2023 -The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for delaying critically needed Endangered Species Act protection for 15 imperiled plants and animals. The species range from cactus ferruginous pygmy owls in the Sonoran Desert to tall western penstemons in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

    “Every day that protection is delayed, these species are at a greater risk of extinction,” said Camila Cossío, a staff attorney at the Center. “These species highlight the range of biodiversity imperiled by the extinction crisis, from a tiny chipmunk in New Mexico to six Texas freshwater mussels who are vital to the health of central Texas rivers.”

  • • 40% U.S. Animal Extinction Shows
    it's 'Suicidal (to Continue) Business as Usual'
    Species Are Going Extinct Faster than Any Time in Human History

    DAILY KOS, Feb. 7, 2023 -Using 50 years of data it has collected from its network of 1,000 scientists, NatureServe scrutinized only the United States. Researchers for Biodiversity in Focus: United States Edition concluded that 40% of U.S. animals and 34% of plants are at risk of extinction. On top of this, 41% of ecosystems are collapsing from “habitat degradation and land conversion, invasive species, damming and polluting of rivers, and climate change.”

  • • Wild California Condors Faces a Lead Poisoning Threat:
    Partners Work to Eliminate the Persistent Threat


    Feb. 6, 2023 -Last May biologists from the Yurok Tribe and Redwood National and State Parks released four captive-bred California condors into the wild. They were the first condors to soar above the towering coast redwood trees in Northern California in more than a century. The reintroduction effort had been years in the making.

  • • The Newest Whale Species Is Already Endangered
    Rice’s Whales Are Among the World’s Rarest Marine Mammals, With Only About 50 Surviving Off Florida


    Feb. 3, 2023 -It’s not often that scientists discover a new species of mammal, let alone one that reaches 40 feet in length, weighs up to 30 tons, and frequents the waters off a heavily populated area.

    But that’s what happened in 2021 when scientists announced a new species: Rice’s whale, formerly thought to be a subspecies of Bryde’s whale.

  • • An Owl Named Flaco Is Loose in Central Park
    Vandals Are to Blame


    Feb. 3, 2023 -A Eurasian eagle-owl named Flaco was the subject of an intense rescue effort late Friday after getting loose as a result of vandals having damaged his Central Park Zoo enclosure the night before, parks and zoo officials said.

  • • Lifting Protections for Grizzly
    Bears Near Two National Parks
    Have Grizzly Populations Improved Enough to Make This Happen?


    Feb. 3, 2023 -The Biden administration is taking a step toward lifting federal protections for grizzly bears in the northern Rocky Mountains, which could open the door to hunting in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho in the future, wildlife officials said.”

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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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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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  • 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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    Scientific American pages.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • My Green World
    Game Playing to Proterct Wildlife

    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.

    Click now to start your game going.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

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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.

  • • Protecting Critical Habitat
    Critical Habitat is Key to the Survival of Endangered Species

    Jan. 22, 2022, (Center for Biological Diversity) -One of the Endangered Species Act’s strongest provisions, designation of “critical habitat” is required for all domestic species listed under the Act. Critical habitat includes specific areas within a species’ current range that have “physical or biological features essential to the conservation of the species,” as well as areas outside the species’ current range upon a determination “that such areas are essential for the conservation of the species.”

    In other words, the original definition of critical habitat said it must include all areas deemed important to a species’ survival or recovery, whether the species currently resides in those areas, historically resided in those areas, uses those areas for movement, or needs them for any other reason.

  • • 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.

  • • Coral Reef Restoration Demonstration Breakthrough
    Coral Reefs Account for a Large
    Portion of the World's Fisheries

    Feb. 16, 2022, (The Atlantic)-Dr. David Vaughan is working to combat the crisis in the world’s coral reefs—that is, that humans have lost 25 to 40 percent of the world’s corals in recent decades due largely to seawater temperature rise and ocean acidification. Vaughan has developed a game-changing technique called “microfragmenting” that allows corals to grow more than 25 times faster than normal, which could rapidly restore the dwindling population of healthy coral reefs. The Atlantic visited Dr. Vaughan in the Florida Keys to uncover how the process works and understand how much hope there is to revitalize our reefs.

  • • 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.


  • • 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.

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

    (, -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.

  • • 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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