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Extinction Countdown

Extinction Countdown

News and research about endangered species from around the world

Radio tagging to track Nepal's endangered gharials

One of the world's largest crocodilian species is also its rarest. With just a few hundred individuals left, the critically endangered gharial ( Gavialis gangeticus) faces an uncertain future in its remaining river habitats in India and Nepal...

March 12, 2009 — John Platt

Gay ducks derail repopulation plan

Why are all the good blue ducks gay?

That's what Cherry, the last remaining lass of her kind in England, may be asking herself after two male prospects that might have helped her perpetuate the species fell for one another instead of for her...

March 10, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Last 100 Balkan lynx face possible extinction

Cat species don’t get much rarer than the Balkan lynx ( lynx lynx martinoi ). At most, 100 members of this critically endangered subspecies of the Eurasian lynx ( lynx lynx ) remain in the wilds of Macedonia and Albania, according to extensive surveys organized* by the Coordinated Research Projects for the Conservation and Management of Carnivores (KORA), based in Switzerland...

March 4, 2009 — John Platt

Could the financial crisis mean more danger for elephants?

The number of African elephants ( Loxodonta africana and Loxodonta cyclotis ) poached in Kenya's Tsavo National Park more than doubled last year, from 48 in 2007 to 98 in 2008, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service -- numbers the likes of which have not been seen since the poaching crisis of the 1980s garnered the international support that made a 1989 ban possible...

March 3, 2009 — John Platt

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