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Extinction Countdown

News and research about endangered species from around the world

Controversial Toronto Zoo Penguins Not Gay after All?

What a difference a year makes. Last November, two male African penguins ( Spheniscus demersus ) living at the Toronto Zoo made worldwide headlines after they took more interest in each other than in members of the opposite sex...

November 15, 2012 — John R. Platt

Brazil Plans to Clone Its Endangered Species

If scientists in Brazil have their way, the populations of eight endangered species could soon expand through a mass effort to clone them. The project is spearheaded by the Brasilia Zoological Garden in partnership with Embrapa, the Brazilian government's agricultural research agency.The scientists have already spent the past two years collecting 420 genetic samples for the species—mostly from dead specimens found in the Cerrado savanna region—and are now waiting for legal authorization to start the cloning...

November 14, 2012 — John R. Platt

Rhino Poaching: An Extinction Crisis

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...

October 18, 2012 — John R. Platt

Cost to Prevent All Future Extinctions: $11 per Person?

A global effort to prevent all future species extinctions would cost about $80 billion a year, or $11.42 annually from every person on the planet, according to a study published last week in Science .The study, released in conjunction with eleventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) currently underway in Hyderabad, India, is intended to support goals and commitments to halting extinctions and preserving nature by the year 2020 that the world's governments have agreed to under the convention.More specifically, the study finds that lowering the extinction risk for all of the species that are currently known to be threatened would cost the first $4 billion per year...

October 16, 2012 — John R. Platt

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