Giraffes suffering a 'silent extinction,' report says

Dec 8, 2016

Giraffes suffering a 'silent extinction,' report says

Giraffe numbers have declined by as much as 40 percent since the 1980s in a “silent extinction” driven by illegal hunting and an expansion of farmland in Africa, the Red List of endangered species reported on Thursday. Populations of the world’s tallest land creature ...

Sydney zoo gets rare echidna births

Nov 24, 2016

Sydney zoo gets rare echidna births

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is celebrating its first successful echidna births in 30 years with three healthy babies, known as puggles, from three moms hatching within days of each other. Echidnas, or spiny anteaters, are notoriously difficult to breed in human care, but keepers at ...

All global trade banned in endangered pangolins

Oct 8, 2016

All global trade banned in endangered pangolins

The shy, scale-covered pangolin is to receive the highest level of protection against illegal trade to try to save it from extinction, after a recent vote by delegates at a global conference. The reclusive, gentle mammal is prized as an edible delicacy and ingredient ...

Bumble bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status

Sep 22, 2016

Bumble bee is proposed for U.S. endangered species status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday proposed listing the rusty patched bumble bee, a prized but vanishing pollinator once widely found in the upper Midwest and Northeastern United States, for federal protection as an endangered species. One of several wild bee species ...