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Sunday Species Snapshot: Forest Owlet

Sunday Species Snapshot: Forest Owlet

Scientific fraud almost led to this tiny owl’s extinction. Species name: Forest owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti). Known locally as dongar dudaa.

January 5, 2014 — John R. Platt
Good News for One of the World’s Rarest Monkeys

Good News for One of the World’s Rarest Monkeys

You know that a species is in rough shape when a population increase of just 20 animals is cause for celebration. But that’s the case in northern Vietnam this month, where one of the few remaining groups of critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus avunculus) has grown from just 90 individuals in 2006 to between [...]

December 17, 2013 — John R. Platt
'Forest Giraffe' Now Endangered: Okapi Populations Drop 50 Percent in 18 Years

'Forest Giraffe' Now Endangered: Okapi Populations Drop 50 Percent in 18 Years

Better late than never? This week the International Union for Conservation of Natural Resources, which publishes the IUCN Red List of threatened species, listed the rare and iconic okapi (Okapia johnstoni) as endangered, something the organization acknowledges should have been done back in 2008.

November 25, 2013 — John R. Platt
Sunday Species Snapshot: Swift Parrot

Sunday Species Snapshot: Swift Parrot

The beautiful bird known as the swift parrot may be on the fast track to extinction. Species name: Swift parrot (Lathamus discolor) Description: A small bird, just 25 centimeters long, with bright features and a particularly showy attitude.

March 29, 2015 — John R. Platt
Deforestation Threatens Newly Identified Bird in Brazil

Deforestation Threatens Newly Identified Bird in Brazil

Discovering a new species isn't always as easy as saying “Look, there’s a new species!” In the case of a rare bird recently identified in Brazil, it took about 20 years for scientists to gather enough evidence to classify it as a new species.

September 29, 2014 — John R. Platt
This Massive Squirrel Has Been Saved from Extinction

This Massive Squirrel Has Been Saved from Extinction

It only took about half a century, but the once-rare Delmarva fox squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus) now has a healthy population once again, placing it in a position to finally leave the protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

September 23, 2014 — John R. Platt
Sunday Species Snapshot: Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

Sunday Species Snapshot: Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo

Yes, there are kangaroos that live in trees. Like the famous hoppers of Australia, tree-kangaroos are marsupials. Unlike ground kangaroos, tree-kangaroos are adapted for arboreal life, making them particularly vulnerable to deforestation.

March 23, 2014 — John R. Platt
Sunday Species Snapshot: Coquerel’s Sifaka

Sunday Species Snapshot: Coquerel’s Sifaka

These medium-sized lemurs, known for their delightful leaping ability, were only recognized as their own species in 2001, which undoubtedly slowed conservation efforts.

February 9, 2014 — John R. Platt