Animals

Scientists May Be ‘Vastly’ Underestimating The Extinction Risk Facing Some Species

A new Columbia University study is challenging the accuracy of methods used by the IUCN to determine conservation status.
The IUCN Red List paints a grim picture of the biodiversity loss we are facing as a planet. In 2016, tens of thousands of mammals, birds, insects, plants and other organisms were found to be under threat […]

Read more »

Recent Posts

In Big Win For Big Cats, China Approves National Park Larger Than Yellowstone

In yet another example of a “green revolution” in the country, Chinese officials have approved plans to establish a sprawling national park in the northeastern corner of the country. It will be a sanctuary for two cats endemic to the area that have dangled dangerously close to extinction: the Amur leopard and the Siberian tiger, also known […]

Read more »

Poachers Have All But Emptied This ‘Sanctuary’ Of Forest Elephants

Poachers in just a decade slaughtered roughly 25,000 forest elephants in Africa’s Minkébé National Park ― as much as 81 percent of the population in what has been an important sanctuary for the species, according to a new study… The park’s population of elephants fell by at least 78 percent from 2004 to 2014, according […]

Read more »

Scientists Agree: It’s Time To End The War On Wildlife

Killing large predators to reduce livestock conflicts or benefit game populations has long been thought to be ineffective — and devastating for ecosystems — and a growing body of scientific literature criticizing the widespread practice is confirming those fears… Most recently, this month, the Journal of Mammalogy — a highly respected international scientific journal and […]

Read more »

Climate Change Is A Far Bigger Threat To Wildlife Than We Thought

A global analysis of Earth’s threatened and endangered species has upended our scientific understanding about the extent to which climate change is affecting wildlife… “We are massively underreporting what is going on,” James Watson, a co-author of the new study and director of science and research initiatives at the Wildlife Conservation Society, told The Huffington Post… […]

Read more »

Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World’s Deepest Waters

The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human activity. But the Mariana Trench is polluted… At its deepest — about 7 miles down — the water in the trench is near freezing. The pressure would crush […]

Read more »

Viral Tiger Drone Video Reveals A Grim Reality In China

 This week, the Chinese state-run media introduced to the world a streak of chubby tigers, adorably chasing a drone out of the sky… Set to playful music, the video shows Siberian tigers, including a few surprisingly fat ones, stalking a drone and eventually knocking it out of the air… Staff at this tiger park in China’s […]

Read more »

Massive Rescue Mission Underway After Hundreds Of Whales Found Beached In New Zealand

Hundreds of volunteers gathered at the northern tip of New Zealand’s Golden Bay early Friday morning after a government conservation worker discovered at least 416 pilot whales washed up on Farewell Spit beach ― one of the country’s largest whale strandings on record… A team of more than 500 people managed to re-float up to […]

Read more »

The Dental Nurse Who Became An Alligator Catcher

Christy Kroboth gave up her career as a dental nurse to focus on animals with a lot more teeth – alligators. When she started training as an alligator catcher she was the only woman in her class, but – as she describes here – that made her even more determined to show she could jump […]

Read more »

Our Changing Attitudes To Chimpanzees

The BBC’s revelations about the illegal trade in baby chimpanzees triggered an outpouring of emotion on social media about the cruelty suffered by these adorable animals… And this raises questions about how our attitudes to our closest relations in the natural world have changed… Some people who contacted me volunteered to adopt Nemley Jr, the […]

Read more »

Humane Society President Points To ‘Major Change’ In Businesses Nationwide

Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle believes there’s an unprecedented change taking place in our society in terms of animal rights. It’s an awakening, he says, and there’s not just one reason why it’s happening. There are several… As Pacelle tells Oprah during an interview for “SuperSoul Sunday,” there are many players participating in the movement […]

Read more »

The Woman Working On The Front Line Of The War On Poaching

Asuka Takita was born and raised in Japan, but she has made her home on the Maasai Mara, where she leads patrols to stop ivory poachers…When Asuka Takita was a young girl in Japan, her father gave her a carved ivory pipe engraved with a flower, which was passed down from her grandfather… Back then, […]

Read more »

New Mercury Threat To Oceans From Climate Change

They’ve (Swedish researchers) discovered a new way in which warming increases levels of the toxin in sea creatures… In experiments, they found that extra rainfall drives up the amount of organic material flowing into the seas… This alters the food chain, adding another layer of complex organisms which boosts the concentrations of mercury up the […]

Read more »

Japan’s Largest Coral Reef Is Dying

Japan’s largest coral reef is under severe stress, according to a recent survey conducted by the country’s Environment Ministry. More than 90 percent of the corals in Sekiseishoko reef, located in the Ryukyu Islands near Okinawa, were discovered to be at least partially bleached when surveyed in November and December. About 70 percent of the […]

Read more »

70,000 Birds Killed To Clear New York City Flight Paths

Nearly 70,000 birds have been killed in a bid to make flight paths safer for New York City-area planes since 2009 — but it doesn’t appear to have reduced bird strikes… The slaughter was triggered by the accident eight years ago that forced hero pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger to land in the Hudson River after […]

Read more »

Chimps have feelings and thoughts. They should also have rights

Chimpanzees are people too, you know. Ok, not exactly. But lawyer Steven Wise has spent the last 30 years working to change these animals’ status from “things” to “persons.” It’s not a matter of legal semantics; as he describes in this fascinating talk, recognizing that animals like chimps have extraordinary cognitive capabilities and rethinking the […]

Read more »

Obama’s ‘historic’ conservation legacy beats Teddy Roosevelt By Charlie Northcott

One of the lesser known legacies of the US president is his record as a conservationist… During his eight years in office, he has placed 548 million acres of habitat under protection. This spans Arctic tundra, mountain woodland, and coral reefs with as much biodiversity as rainforests. The outgoing president created the two largest marine […]

Read more »

Warming World Harming Insects’ Reproduction

A warming world harms insects’ ability to reproduce, which could have long-term consequences, scientists warn… UK researchers also found that insects in northern latitudes were more vulnerable than their southern-dwelling cousins… The team added that many insects were unable to move great distances while they are juveniles. Therefore, they are at risk from a warming […]

Read more »

This Is Our Last Chance To Save Polar Bears From Extinction

As global temperatures have spiraled out of control, Arctic sea ice has been reduced to historic lows. And unless humans win the fight to combat climate change, polar bears could very well go extinct, federal officials said Monday… In a final conservation management plan, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service singles out climate change-driven sea ice loss as […]

Read more »

Radioactive Plume From Fukushima Makes Landfall on America’s West Coast

Tillamook County, Oregon — Seaborne cesium 134, the so-called “fingerprint of Fukushima,” has been detected on US shores for the first time researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) said this month. WHOI is a crowd-funded science seawater sampling project, that has been monitoring the radioactive plume making its way across the Pacific to […]

Read more »

Recent Headlines