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Can the Most Interesting Man in the World Help Save This Critically Endangered Wombat?

Is the northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii ) the most interesting endangered species in the world? Maybe it is, maybe it isn't—but it has definitely attracted the attention of the Dos Equis beer commercial spokesperson known only as "the Most Interesting Man in the World."The television advertising icon and Dos Equis have launched an auction for a jar of what they call The Most Interesting Jam—a concoction made from ingredients suggested by Facebook fans and supposedly hand-mixed by the Most Interesting Man in the World himself—with all proceeds going to benefit the Wombat Foundation, an organization set up to protect the critically endangered northern hairy-nosed wombat...

November 22, 2011 — John R. Platt

Another Rhino Goes Extinct and Other Updates from the Brink

Just two weeks after the World Wildlife Fund declared the Vietnam Javan rhinoceros ( Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus ) extinct comes the announcement of another rhino extinction, this time the western black rhino ( Diceros bicornis longipes ) of Africa.The declaration came last week from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as part of the latest update to its Red List of Threatened Species, which tracks the conservation status of endangered animals and plants around the world.The loss of the western black rhino was, sadly, expected...

November 15, 2011 — John R. Platt

England Tries Wire and Mesh "Bat Bridges" to Save Endangered Species

The U.K. Highways Agency plans to build a series of new "bat bridges" to help endangered bats fly across the busy A11 highway near Norfolk in eastern England without being killed by cars and trucks, but even though measures to protect bats from projects like this are required by law some politicians are balking at the cost.Five previous bat bridge projects built by the agency over the past few years carried a price tag of nearly $800,000...

November 4, 2011 — John R. Platt

Please Don't Feed the Endangered Eagles?

It's a fairly common practice to help certain endangered species in the wild by providing them with extra food or prey. But could these activities actually end up harming the very species conservationists are trying to help?Researchers from Spain's National Museum of Natural Sciences, the Doñana Biological Station and GIR Diagnostics asked that question in a recent study of the Spanish imperial eagle, also known as the Iberian imperial eagle or Adalbert's eagle ( Aquila adalberti )...

October 27, 2011 — John R. Platt

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