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Tanzania's elephant population down two-thirds since 1976

The elephant population in Tanzania, beset by poaching for ivory, has plummeted by two-thirds in the past three-and-a-half decades, the government …

Lions 'facing extinction in West Africa'

<b>There has been a "catastrophic collapse" in the number of lions in West Africa, with only around 400 left in the region, a new survey suggests.</b><p>With fewer than 250 mature lions of breeding age, there are concerns the entire population could disappear.<p>The research by Panthera, a non-profit …

West Africa

Orangutans fight for survival as thirst for palm oil devastates rainforests

Even in the first light of dawn in the Tripa swamp forest of Sumatra it is clear that something is terribly wrong. Where there should be lush foliage stretching away towards the horizon, there are only the skeletons of trees. Smoke drifts across a scene of devastation.<p>Tripa is part of the Leuser …

Conservation work in zoos is too random, scientists warn

The world's zoos work hard and spend enormous resources on the conservation of endangered species, but the resources are not always optimally spent. …

West African Lions Are Critically Close to Extinction, Study Says

West African lions are close to extinction, and vulnerable populations could be wiped out in the next five to 10 years, according to new research led …

Endangered turtles face new threat in Indonesia

Green sea turtles remain a rare sight in many parts of the world, but one Indonesian island tasked with protecting them is being overrun by far too …

Research underpins effort to map, preserve wildlife in American West

(Phys.org) —Along with global climate change, loss of habitat poses a prime threat to the well-being of Earth's animals. As people farm and develop …

Brazil scientists warn on dwindling jaguar population

The jaguar could soon become extinct in Brazil's tropical Atlantic forest, threatening the shrinking primitive forest itself, Brazilian scientists …

Save the wolves, not the whales

With Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd shouting so loudly about the whales, the world failed to notice Norway’s real environmental crime. Uniquely among first-world nations, it is about to exterminate all of its major predator species. First to go will be the wolf.<p>The wolf is on the Norwegian red list of …

Canine Surprise: Dogs Aren’t Descended From Today’s Wolves

But the origin of this domestication remains stubbornly mysterious. Researchers analyzed the genomes of wolves from three likely sites of domestication (the Middle East, Asia and eastern Europe), and found that modern dogs were not more closely related to any of the three. In fact, it seems that …

Pets

U.S. relocation of Canadian wolves may be too successful

It was a successful experiment in recovering an endangered species – too successful, for some, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service now ponders lifting protections for transplanted Canadian grey wolves across the United States.<p>Almost two decades ago, the wolves were relocated to Yellowstone …

The Real Truth About Rescuing Dogs -- and Wolves

When you bring a dog home from a shelter or adopt one from a rescue, you're doing a noble thing. You're taking a dog whose days might be numbered, and giving him a new lease on life. Perhaps the dog immediately takes to your family, fits right in, and never displays major behavioral problems. Good …

How the threat to lions, leopards and wolves endangers us all

They are the planet's most prolific killers – and also some of nature's most effective protectors. This is the stark conclusion of an international report that argues that lions, wolves, pumas, lynxes and other major carnivores play key roles in keeping ecosystems in balance. It also warns that the …