First the good news: The world's only population of the critically endangered Moapa dace ( Moapa coriacea ), a tiny fish endemic to the hot springs along a small stretch of Nevada's Muddy River, has boomed this year.
The Brazilian three-banded armadillo ( Tolypeutes tricinctus ) can roll itself into a ball so tight that only a puma's claws can penetrate its protective shell.
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.
23,000 People from 33 States Apply for Minnesota Wolf Hunting Permits; Unrestricted Hunting Starts Soon in Wyoming
Gray wolves ( Canis lupus ) have targets on their backs. One of the next barrages of gunfire will start soon in Minnesota, where more than 23,000 people have applied for the 6,000 permits that the state will issue for its fall hunting season, set to start November 3.This is one of the latest salvos against wolves, which have slowly lost their protected status in the Rockies and Great Lakes regions over the past four and a half years after the U.S.
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 caveats.
After not being seen for more than 30 years, the Japanese river otter ( Lutra lutra whiteleyi ) has been declared extinct by the country's Ministry of the Environment, which also last week declared several other species extinct.Once numbering in the millions, Japanese river otters—a subspecies of the European or Eurasian otter ( L.
When I last wrote about Tasmanian devils ( Sarcophilus harrisii ) this past December, the species was in pretty dire straits. A contagious cancer known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) had, at that point, wiped out at least 70 percent of devils in the wild, forcing scientists to resort to captive breeding, a sperm bank and other reproductive research to help save the devils from extinction.Things haven't gotten any better: The death toll for infected Tasmanian devils has now risen to 85 percent.
When a wild animal is rescued from poachers or wildlife smugglers, conservationists usually make an effort to rehabilitate it and return it to life in its native habitat.
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.
When a polar bear suddenly takes ill and dies, the natural inclination is not to suspect zebras as the cause. But according to research published August 16 in Current Biology , that's what happened at Wuppertal Zoo in Germany in 2010.The strange saga started on June 8, 2010, when Jerka, a 20-year-old female polar bear, started experiencing epilepsy-like seizures and foaming at the mouth.
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