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News and research about endangered species from around the world

Big win for a tiny endangered species, the American pika

The rabbit-like American pika ( Ochotona princeps ) got lucky this week. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, responding to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Earthjustice, has agreed to assess whether the increasingly rare animal qualifies for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

February 13, 2009 — John Platt

Salamanders slipping away, global warming may be to blame

Biologists report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week that they were unable to find  a pair of previously common Guatemalan salamander species -- Pseudoeurycea brunnata and Pseudoeurycea goebeli -- and  say they are apparently extinct.

February 12, 2009 — John Platt

Coral reefs: Vital to the oceans, vital to humans

Coral reefs are dying off at record rates, thanks to pollution, disease and global warming. Scientists worldwide are trying to come up with new ideas to conserve and protect not just the coral reefs, but also the biodiversity and human economies that depend upon  them for their survival.

February 11, 2009 — John Platt

After 1,000 years, the milu returns to the wild

Few species have come as close to extinction as the milu ( Elaphurus davidianus ) and survived. For centuries, the rare Chinese animal, also known as Père David's deer, has existed only in captivity.

February 6, 2009 — John Platt

Farewell, pygmy rabbit? Officials may give up on an endangered species

It may be the end of the road for an endangered species of rabbit. After eight years and several million dollars, federal officials will likely halt a program by the end of this year designed to save the Columbia basin pygmy rabbit from extinction, according to the Associated Press.

February 3, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

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