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China's Yangtze Finless Porpoise Faces 80 Percent Decrease in 30 Years

The already rare Yangtze finless porpoise ( Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis ) faces an 80 percent drop in its population over the next 30 years, according to research by the Institute of Hydrobiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.Currently, around 1,000 of the freshwater porpoises live in China's Yangtze River and its surrounding lakes, down from 2,700 in 1991 and 2,000 in the year 2000...

June 8, 2011 — John Platt

Rare All-White Kiwi Born in New Zealand Breeding Program

This year has already been the most successful breeding season to date for endangered North Island brown kiwis ( Apteryx mantelli ) at New Zealand's Pukaha Mount Bruce national wildlife center, and now the rangers who manage the program have an extra reason to celebrate: the May 1 birth of an extremely rare all-white kiwi.The bird, named Manukura by elders from the local Maori tribe, is not an albino...

May 24, 2011 — John Platt

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