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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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Extinction Countdown

Sunday Species Snapshot: Cuban Crocodile

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These small, aggressive crocodiles once dominated their habitats. That is no longer the case. Species name: Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) Where found: The Cuban crocodile once existed on quite a few Caribbean islands. Today it can only be found in two small areas of Cuba: Zapata Swamp on mainland Cuba and Lanier Swamp on the [...]

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Extinction Countdown

When Did the Barbary Lion Really Go Extinct?

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History books tell us that the last wild Barbary lion (Panthera leo leo) was probably killed in 1922 by a French colonial hunter in Morocco. But in repeating the tale of this well-documented death, the history books may have left a chapter or two out of the story. Barbary, or Atlas, lions once roamed throughout [...]

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Extinction Countdown

The 6 Most Endangered Feline Species

Iberian lynx

Poaching, habitat loss, inbreeding and hybridization. These are just a few of the threats faced by many wild feline species around the globe. Here are six of the world’s most endangered feline species and subspecies—some of which may not survive into the next century. 1. Amur leopards Let’s start with the good news: The population [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Amazing Photos of Florida Panther and Cubs Bring a Bright Spot to a Deadly Year

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This has been the deadliest year on record for Florida panthers (Puma or Felis concolor coryi), but the critically endangered big cats also ended 2012 with some pretty amazing news. For the first time, an uncollared female has been photographed carrying her cubs to a new den. The photographs, taken by motion-sensitive camera traps two [...]

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Extinction Countdown

First Purebred Bison Calf Born after Disease-Washing Embryo Transfer

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What does a two-month-old bison calf in the Bronx have to do with the future of its species? Quite a lot, it turns out. After being slaughtered to near extinction in the 19th century, the American plains bison (Bison bison bison) has become a bit of a conservation success story, albeit with a few important [...]

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DNA Test Could Help Save Scottish Wildcat from Extinction—If It Still Exists

Scotland is home to a least a hundred thousand feral cats. Unfortunately, the cats that now live in the Scottish Highlands are not native to the country, and they have helped push the already squeezed native felines closer toward extinction. The native group—the Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia), also known as the Highland tiger—isn’t much [...]

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Can Australia save the dingo from extinction?

Australian dingo

Where did the Australian dingo go? Once present throughout that country, the feared predator (Canis lupus dingo) in its current form is on its way to extinction as it is either killed or breeds and hybridizes with domesticated dogs. With the disappearance of the purebred dingo comes the loss of an important part of the [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Polar-grizzly bear hybrid found in Canada

An extremely rare “grolar bear“—a polar-grizzly bear hybrid—was shot and killed by an Inuit hunter in Canada’s Northwest Territories last month. Global warming has reportedly been driving grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) farther north in search of food, bringing them into polar bear (U. maritimus) territory. Polar bears, meanwhile, are finding themselves stranded on land [...]

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Observations

Why Electric Cars Will Fail…and Have Already Triumphed

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To press the "accelerator" on a Tesla Roadster 2.5 is to get an intimation of life as a race car driver. In perhaps the signature display of an electric car’s appeal to gearheads, the Roadster instantly applies more than 300 amps of electric current to deliver 288 horsepower worth of acceleration—it’s called instant torque, 273 [...]

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Observations

Hybrid Owners Pay the Most for Car Repairs Nationwide, Report Says

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Americans love cars, especially when they’re running well and not in the shop. When our veteran vehicles do need repairs, a behind-the-scenes company called CarMD.com Corp. collects statistics from garages and dealers nationwide on the repaired parts, the costs of these jobs, and where they were performed. After nearly 14 years of compiling this data [...]

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Observations

What will it be like to own an electric car in 2011?

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Very few people really know much today about the experience of owning an electric vehicle of course, given that EVs are not widely available. Nissan hopes to change this by the end of the year when its fully electric Leaf debuts. However, owning an electric vehicle promises to be a lot different than owning any [...]

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Hear that? All is quiet as Ford’s Transit Connect Electric hits New York City’s streets

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Ford Motor Co. was in New York City on Tuesday (in anticipation of the upcoming International Auto Show that starts later this week) to show off its first attempt to go gas-free—the Transit Connect Electric.  Scientific American went for a spin in the all-electric compact van (about the size of a minivan but with much [...]

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Plugged In

For Healthy Cities, Government and Business Need to Reverse Roles

Okay, I have to be honest with you. I love a city, and a downtown with walkways and tunnels and bus stops that tell me where my buses are via GPS and everything else, but sometimes you can just have more connectivity than you need. Remember the internet-connected toaster, that singed the weather forecast into [...]

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