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All chimpanzees will be designated as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday.
The move follows a petition filed in 2010 by Jane Goodall, The Humane Society of the United States and other groups to eliminate a longstanding distinction …Animals
Before the end of the last Ice Age, saigas roamed by the millions in a range stretching from England to Siberia, even into Alaska. Eventually they moved to the steppes of Central Asia, where they continued to thrive — until the 20th century, when these strange-looking antelopes began flirting with …Zoology
Earlier this month, an international team of scientists, veterinarians and zookeepers gathered at the Suzhou Zoo near Shanghai. Their desperate mission: to attempt the first artificial insemination ever of a softshell turtle, saving the species from oblivion.
“Even if we get just one or two …Zoology
In the vast areas of the planet covered by water, human activity threatens the survival of countless species.
There was a time, for example, when manta rays were tossed back, dead or alive, when they were accidentally trapped in fishermen’s nets in places like Sri Lanka. Now their dried gills are …NBA
The Mexican Navy will expand patrols to stop the illegal fishing that threatens the vaquita, and gillnets that accidentally snare and kill them will …Mexico
Four endangered subspecies of fox on the northern Channel Islands off the California coast have recovered so well over the past 11 years that the Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing Wednesday that it is starting to consider taking them off the endangered list.
Study and discussion of their …Foxes
MIAMI — The government divers who plunged into the bay near the Port of Miami surfaced with bad news again and again: Large numbers of corals were either dead or dying, suffocated by sediment.
The source of the sediment, environmentalists say, is a $205 million dredging project, scheduled to end in …Miami
While poaching and environmental degradation have had disastrous effects on animal species across Asia, one highly endangered cat has seen a small but important rise in its numbers, researchers say.
The Amur leopard, which was once found across the Korean Peninsula and parts of Russia and China, is …Asia
As the world’s booming black market for body parts from endangered species continues to elude effective policing, rhinoceros deaths quadrupled in four years to the 1,215 killed by African smugglers in 2014. These magnificent animals were slaughtered so that urbanites in places like China and …Animals
WASHINGTON — Hoping to stem illegal wildlife trafficking, the Obama administration on Wednesday introduced an aggressive plan for taking on traffickers that will include using American intelligence agencies to track and target those who benefit from the estimated $20-billion-a-year market.
The plan, …Animals
As many readers are aware, I’ve been writing since 1992 about the notion that we’ve left the Holocene behind — that’s the geological epoch since the end of the last ice age — and entered “a post-Holocene…geological age of our own making,” now best known as the Anthropocene.
That idea has gained a …Anthropocene
A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.
“We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an …Oceans
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The task was never going to be easy: Fly four highly endangered rhinos from a Czech Republic zoo to East Africa, drive them to the savannah grasses …Zoology
Updated, 8:15 p.m. | As you may have noted, this is the centennial of the extinction, on Sept. 1, 1914, of the passenger pigeon, which once darkened skies in flocks of a billion or more birds. First, here’s a look back at one of the odder ramifications in 1937 — a market in rare passenger pigeon …Social Media
More than 40 years have passed since the Convention on International Trades in Endangered Species (CITES) became law. Today, 181 countries and …Africa
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BEIJING — When President Xi Jinping of China and his entourage of government officials and business leaders arrived in Tanzania in March 2013, it was to officially promote economic ties between the two countries.
But according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency, a nongovernmental …Africa
An emerging infection similar to one that has caused the extinction of hundreds of frog and toad species around the world is killing salamanders in Europe and could easily spread to the United States, with disastrous effects, scientists reported Thursday.
Writing in the journal Science, an …Life Sciences
I hope you’ll read and disseminate Jim Gorman’s story on the new Science paper pointing to a potential ecological catastrophe in North America should a potent chytrid fungus that attacks salamanders arrive on these shores. The fungus originated in Asia and its arrival in Europe has already caused …Animals
WE are barreling into the Anthropocene, the sixth mass extinction in the history of the planet. A recent study published in the journal Science concluded that the world’s species are disappearing as much as 1,000 times faster than the rate at which species naturally go extinct. It’s a one-two punch …Life Sciences
A businessman in the southwestern region of Guangxi has pleaded guilty to charges of killing and eating at least three tigers last year, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
Prosecutors in the city of Qinzhou said the defendant, identified only as Mr. Xu, “has a quirky appetite for eating …Eating
“We are on the verge of the sixth extinction… Whether we avoid it or not will depend on our actions.”
These are the words of Stuart Pimm, a well-known …Zoology
The planet is infested... by us.
Prominent biologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University is the lead author of a study published Thursday in the journal …Extinction
ESF Top 10 New Species
The ESF Top 10 New Species for 2015
An international committee of taxonomists selected the top 10 from among the approximately …Biology