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

northern white rhino

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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Desperately Seeking Cichlid: Fish Species Down to Last 3 Males, No Known Females

Mangarahara cichlid

The last three males of an all-but-extinct fish species would really, really, really like to meet a female. Once upon a time the Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis insolitus) lived in a single habitat: a river in Madagascar from which the species gets its name. That river has now been dammed and the habitat has dried up. [...]

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Extinction Looms for Rare Frog Species, Now Down to 1 Individual

Rabbs Tree Frog

And then there was one. The last known Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum) now lives by himself at Zoo Atlanta in Georgia after the zoo euthanized the only other member of its species. The euthanized frog, another male, had been experiencing a “marked decline in health and behavior” according to a Zoo Atlanta news [...]

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