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10 Years of Extinction Countdown: A Lot of Good in the Face of Mass Losses

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Ten years. Nearly 1,200 articles. I have no idea how many species. I have no idea how many tears. *** When I started what was then called “Extinction Blog” on August 19, 2004, I didn’t know what it would become, let who I would be a decade later. To be honest, I didn’t set out [...]

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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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De-Extinction: Can Cloning Bring Extinct Species Back to Life?

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At some point in the next decade, if advances in biotechnology continue on their current path, clones of extinct species such as the passenger pigeon, Tasmanian tiger and wooly mammoth could once again live among us. But cloning lost species—or “de-extinction” as some scientists call it—presents us with myriad ethical, legal and regulatory questions that [...]

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Crowd-Funded Drones Could Help Protect Kenyan Rhinos

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What if there were only a couple dozen police officers to patrol all of Manhattan? Now imagine that the borough protected something far more valuable than gold, something that heavily armed criminals were willing to kill to get. How could those few officers keep the peace over such a large territory? That’s roughly the equivalent [...]

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Rhino Poaching: An Extinction Crisis

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In 2010 a black rhinoceros female named Phila survived two separate and brutal attempts on her life. In the first, poachers used a helicopter to attack the private game reserve where she lived in South Africa. Another rhino died in the assault. Phila escaped with two gunshot wounds. She was lucky, but her ordeal was [...]

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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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Rare Northern White Rhino Dies of Old Age–and Then There Were 7…

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All things to nothingness descend, Grow old and die and meet their end… Nor long shall any name resound Beyond the grave, unless ‘t be found In some clerk’s book, it is the pen Gives immortality to men …and rhinos The Norman poet Master Wace wrote those words (well, all but the last line) in [...]

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On the horns of a dilemma: Last-ditch effort aims to save nearly extinct northern white rhino–But is it too late?

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Four of the world’s last eight surviving northern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) are now living in Africa for the first time in decades as part of a last-ditch effort to save the subspecies from extinction. Only eight northern white rhinos exist in the world, all in captivity until recently. Two live in the U.S. [...]

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