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News and research about endangered species from around the world


Tracking a rare tortoise? There's an app for that

Smart phones have increasingly become valuable tools in the conservation of rare species around the world. The latest example is an iPhone app called Mojave Desert Tortoise, which people can use to help researchers preserve the endangered species it is named after.With the app, visitors to the Mojave Desert (which stretches between California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona) can take photos of any desert tortoises they happen to encounter...

November 30, 2010 — John Platt
The Sciences

British crayfish now officially endangered, thanks to killer fungus

Scientists and conservationists from around Europe will gather this week at a conference to discuss how to save the U.K.'s white-clawed crayfish ( Austropotamobius pallipes ) from the fungal plague that is rapidly wiping them out.As I wrote last year, around 95 percent of British crayfish have been killed in the past two decades, victims of imported American signal crayfish ( Pacifastacus leniusculus ), which were introduced into the U.K...

November 16, 2010 — John Platt

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