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Wild Births are Big Steps for Rare California Condors and Mexican Wolves

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Two species that couldn’t be more different have had similarly good news this week. First we go to Utah’s Zion National Park, where a pair of California condors (Gymnogyps californianus) successfully hatched a chick in a nest more than 300 meters off the ground. This is the first wild condor birth in Utah since the [...]

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Only 4 Northern White Rhinos Remain in Africa: Inside the Last Attempts to Breed and Save Them

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Richard Vigne, CEO of Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, admits that there’s not a huge amount of hope of saving the northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) from extinction. “You have to be realistic,” he says, referring to the conservancy’s efforts to breed the last four northern white rhinos in Africa. “The reality is that [...]

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Endangered Cayman Islands Parrots and Iguanas Could Use More Shelters and Havens

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We have heard a lot about Cayman Islands banking during this election season, but what about Cayman Islands endangered species? The three tiny islands that make up the Caymans—Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac—are home to a handful of endangered species that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. In the case of at [...]

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Recently Discovered Lizard Species Down to 3 Remaining Females

What lizard species has been wiped out in its natural habitat and now depends on three breeding females breeding in captivity for its long-term survival? Oh wait, I can’t quite answer that, because the species has no official name. For now it’s being called the orange-tailed skink. It was only discovered in 1995 and to [...]

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Rare Success: Critically Endangered Gharial Crocodiles Have Record Hatching Year

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This week’s blackouts in India have been blamed at least in part on the lack of rain during the annual monsoon season, which hindered hydropower production and increased the demand for electricity for use in agricultural irrigation. But the unusually dry year has also had at least one positive effect: it has helped to boost [...]

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Rarest Kiwi Species Takes Flight

Kiwis, under normal conditions, do not fly. But this week 20 young members of the rarest kiwi species were special guests on board a military helicopter, flying across the Tasman Sea on their way to their new habitat off the coast of New Zealand. Rowi (formerly known as Okarito brown kiwi, Apteryx rowi) are in [...]

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The Most Eagerly Awaited Rhino Porn of All Time [Video]

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In 2009 four of the world’s last seven northern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) were moved from a zoo in the Czech Republic to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. At the time conservationists expressed hope that returning the rhinos to semi-wild lives under their native African skies would help inspire the animals to mate and, [...]

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Threatened Philippine Hawk-Eagle Bred in Captivity for First Time

Sometimes a simple egg hatching can be a victory. That’s the case in the Philippines, where a threatened bird of prey known as the Pinsker’s hawk–eagle (Nisaetus pinskeri) has been bred in captivity for the first time. The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) reports that the Pinsker’s chick hatched on April 2 at its breeding program [...]

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60 Rare Tuatara Reptiles Moved to Predator-Free New Zealand Island

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Rare reptiles known as tuatara (the last two species of the order Sphenodontia) survived the age of the dinosaurs, but the age of man has given them a bit more trouble. After living in New Zealand for millions of years, tuatara were completely wiped out on the country’s two main islands by invasive Polynesian rats [...]

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Accidental Kakapo Death Lowers Population of Rare, Flightless Parrots to 127 Birds

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The death of an adult female kakapo (Strigops habroptila) on New Zealand’s Anchor Island this past weekend brings the population of these rare flightless parrots down to just 127 birds. The late kakapo, known as Sandra, was killed when her transmitter harness got entangled in a tree. All kakapos are outfitted with transmitters to help [...]

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