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Extinction Countdown

News and research about endangered species from around the world

Last 22 Gobi Bears Endangered by Climate Change in Mongolia

Even as the ice-dwelling polar bear is threatened by climate change, so, too, is another bear that lives in a completely different habitat. In this case it's the critically endangered Gobi bear ( Ursus arctos gobiensis ), the only bear species that has adapted to desert life...

November 20, 2012 — John R. Platt

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

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