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A damning new report from the World Wildlife Fund has found a precipitous decline in the world’s animal populations as thousands of species scramble to survive against a sole enemy: humans. The 2016 version of WWF’s biennial Living Planet Report, published Thursday, found a 58 percen...
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Twenty-nine sperm whales were found stranded on shores around the North Sea, an area that is too shallow for the marine wildlife. Only recently were details of the animals’ necropsy released. However, scientists were deeply disturbed by what they found in the animals’ stomachs. According ...
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Zimbabwe will deploy aerial drones in its biggest wildlife sanctuary to fight elephant poachers, Reuters reports. Hwange National Park is one of the biggest wildlife sanctuaries in Zimbabwe, and it houses two-thirds of the country's 80,000 elephants. The plan will help protect the country...
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Dozens of conservation scientists, including several from Oregon State University, issued a call to halt a crisis among the world's large animals that could lead to their imminent extinction. In a paper published in the journal BioScience, 43 wildlife wildlife experts from six continents issue...
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Calling all sea turtle lovers! In honor of World Sea Turtle Day on June 16, 2014, we're taking a special look at sea turtles species found in U.S. waters and the science we use to protect these magnificent marine creatures. Sea turtles are air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and larg...
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A changing climate means that by 2070 koalas may no longer call large parts of inland Australia home, researchers have found. Using a detailed ecological model, the University of Melbourne study shows hotter temperatures and altered rainfall patterns will make it much more difficult for koalas to...
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Tigers are “functionally extinct” in Cambodia, conservationists conceded for the first time on Wednesday, as they launched a bold action plan to reintroduce the big cats to the kingdom’s forests.  Cambodia’s dry forests used to be home to scores of Indochinese tigers but the WWF said inte...
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Scientist blame mite infestation, agrochemical exposure to neomicotinoids. The Bee Informed Partnership study, a collaboration between USDA, the University of Maryland and other research and beekeeper groups showed bee mortality during one year at 44%, the second higher ever and almost triple the n...
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Three year study of historic leopard range in Africa, Asia and Middle East documents loss of 75% of their range. Source scientific journal PeerJ. Leopards have almost disappeared from vast areas of China, Southeast Asia and Arabian peninsula,  while African leopards are facing challenges in th...
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Taking steps to allow shark populations to return to healthy levels. Globally, sharks are facing extinction because of the demand for their fins to make shark fin soup, as well as other threats, such as becoming by-catch and being used in cosmetic products and health supplements. The expensive soup ...
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Andrew Plumptre is a senior conservationist in the Uganda Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Stuart Nixon is a conservationist at Chester Zoo in the U.K. who was working with Fauna & Flora International at the time these surveys were made. Radar Nishuli is chief park warden for ...
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The population of the world’s largest primate – a gorilla subspecies that lives in a region of Central Africa beset by conflict – is collapsing. Back in 1998, a team of researchers estimated that 17,000 Grauer’s gorillas, also known as eastern lowland gorillas, lived in the forests of eastern Democ...
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It’s estimated that there are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild — that’s nearly a 97 percent loss in wild tigers over just a century. There are three main reasons for the troubling decline: trophy hunting, a loss of prey species and habitat loss due to human encroachment and la...
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The institute’s report said 333 minke whales were captured, including pregnant females. Japan’s actions are in defiance of international criticism and despite a 2014 UN legal decision that ruled so-called scientific whaling activity in the Southern Ocean was a front for commercial hunts. The ...
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Ecotourism can provide the critical difference between survival and extinction for endangered animals, according to new research from Griffith University. Using population viability modelling, the Griffith team of Professor Ralf Buckley, Dr Guy Castley and Dr Clare Morrison has developed a method t...
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Scientists have long known that birds are feeling the heat due to climate change. However, a new study of a dozen affected species in the Western Cape suggests their decline is more complex than previously thought -- and in some cases more serious. According to the study, published in Conser...
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Leading conservation charity World Animal Protection has renewed its plea for the tourism industry to put an end to abusive elephant rides and shows, calling on leading travel brands to join the growing list of companies who are opposed to the practice. Making the call on World Anima...
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It’s World Animal Day!  Like we needed an excuse to celebrate the amazing creatures that walk the earth. But what exactly is World Animal Day about? Put simply, it’s ‘to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.’ Wonderful. Here are 9 things y...
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures. Federal and state fisheries biologists say the warm water is lethal for the cold-water species and i...
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“I was shocked and outraged to hear the story of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s much loved lion. Not only is it incomprehensible to me that anyone would want to kill an endangered animal (fewer than 20,000 wild lions in Africa today) but to lure Cecil from the safety of a national park and then to shoot him with...
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