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Old Nuclear Fallout Proves Useful for Sea Turtle Clues

Sea turtles drift in mysterious currents. How long do they live? How fast do they grow? When do they reach sexual maturity?

Answers to these and other basic questions elude researchers, stymieing efforts to better understand and protect the world’s seven marine turtle species, all but one of which …

Turtles

Sri Lanka Destroys Illegal Elephant Tusks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A group of saffron-robed monks chanted as officials crushed more than 300 elephant tusks in a seaside ceremony on Tuesday, as the new government of President Maithripala Sirisena sought to differentiate itself from its predecessor by sending a powerful message of intolerance …

Sri Lanka

U.S. Pours Millions Into Fighting Poachers in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — The Obama administration is stepping up efforts here to combat wildlife poaching, an expanding criminal enterprise in South Africa that has driven several animal species toward extinction and fueled the growth of international gangs.

But the effort is coming as South Africa wrestles …

Indonesia’s Forest Fires Take Toll on Wildlife, Big and Small

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A disoriented, pregnant orangutan, her treetop home in Indonesian Borneo reduced to charred wood, is rushed to a rehabilitation center by conservationists, who dodged walls of fire and toxic smoke.

Veterinarians care for 16 abandoned baby orangutans already living at the center. …

Australia Deploys Sheepdogs to Save a Penguin Colony

“Massacred,” read the banner headline in the local newspaper — just the single word, as if describing an act of war. Below it was a photo of dead penguins and other birds, the latest casualties in Australia’s long history of imported species’ decimating native wildlife.

Foxes killed 180 penguins in …

Scientists Hope to Bring a Galápagos Tortoise Species Back to Life

The dodo is dead. The passenger pigeon has passed on. But Lonesome George, the iconic Galápagos tortoise whose death marked the end of his species, is in post-mortem luck.

A scientific expedition has discovered some of his close blood relations alive and well. With careful breeding, biologists now …

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After Cecil Furor, U.S. Aims to Protect Lions Through Endangered Species Act

Five months after a lion named Cecil was shot and killed in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist, the Obama administration has decided to place lions in Africa under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, an action that will set a higher bar for hunters who want to bring lion trophies into the …

The Moment This Orangutan Knew She And Her Baby Would Be OK

Much has been written about the plight of orangutans clinging to life in the dwindling forests of Indonesia. But where words fail, a single image can …

Animals

Indonesia’s Forest Fires Take Toll on Wildlife, Big and Small

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A disoriented, pregnant orangutan, her treetop home in Indonesian Borneo reduced to charred wood, is rushed to a rehabilitation center by conservationists, who dodged walls of fire and toxic smoke.

Veterinarians care for 16 abandoned baby orangutans already living at the center. …

Forestry

Lion Population in Africa Likely to Fall by Half, Study Finds

Lion populations throughout many parts of Africa have declined sharply since the early 1990s and are likely to shrink by half again in the next two decades unless a major conservation effort is mounted to save them, a new study has found.

The study, which analyzed data from 47 of the 67 African lion …

Population

A Shifting Approach to Saving Endangered Species

When the Obama administration announced last month that it would not add the greater sage grouse to the endangered species list, some conservation …

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Illuminating the Plight of Endangered Species, at the Empire State Building

TRAVIS THRELKEL was standing on the roof of a building on Fifth Avenue and 27th Street looking uptown at his canvas. It’s hard to miss: It’s the Empire State Building, and on Saturday evening he and his collaborator, the filmmaker and photographer Louie Psihoyos, will project digital light images …

Empire State Building

U.S. Will Call All Chimps ‘Endangered’

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 …

Death on the Steppes: Mystery Disease Kills Saigas

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 …

Scientists Make Novel Attempt to Save Giant Turtle Species

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 …

Trying to Save the Oceans, One Small Grant at a Time

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 …

Mexico’s President Rolls Out Plan to Save Endangered Porpoise

Mexico

Imperiled Foxes on California Islands May Come Off Endangered List

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 …

Despite Protections, Miami Port Project Smothers Coral Reef in Silt

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 …

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Hopeful Signs of Recovery for the World’s Rarest Big Cat

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 …

Wildlife Slaughter Goes Unabated

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 …

Obama Administration Plans to Aggressively Target Wildlife Trafficking

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, …

Researchers Propose Earth’s ‘Anthropocene’ Age of Humans Began With Fallout and Plastics

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 …

Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says

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 …

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Rhino species to die unless science can help

The keepers of three northern white rhinos in Kenya—half of the world's remaining rhinos of that species—have begun saying publicly for the first …