Aug 21, 2015

Study: Humans hunt, fish at 'extreme' pace

Humans are “superpredators” that upset the natural balance on Earth by killing far too many adult animals and fish, scientists said Thursday, urging a focus on catching fewer and smaller creatures. People tend to kill adult fish at 14 times the rate of marine ...

Aug 21, 2015

Endangered species accidentally killed in New Zealand bird cull

A bird cull on a New Zealand island has been abruptly halted after marksmen killed four rare takahe, an endangered species with only 300 known to exist, officials said Friday. The deaths were “deeply disappointing,” Conservation Department director Andrew Baucke said in a statement. ...

Hong Kong's taste for seafood putting oceans in danger

Aug 12, 2015

Hong Kong's taste for seafood putting oceans in danger

A seafood lunch in Hong Kong is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, but with threatened species on the menu and fishing practices that endanger marine life, campaigners want to change the city’s appetite. Hong Kong is the second-largest consumer of seafood per capita ...

Aug 12, 2015

Parasite yet another threat to already troubled amphibians

Scientists have identified a new problem for amphibians, which are already shrinking in numbers: A parasite is infesting tadpoles worldwide. The family of parasites, related to a bug that attacks oysters, has been found in the livers of frogs and tadpoles on three continents ...

Pandas save energy like sloths: study

Jul 10, 2015

Pandas save energy like sloths: study

Giant pandas are the new couch potatoes of the animal world, according to a study Thursday that found the bears are just as sluggish as sloths. Researchers in China tracked five captive pandas and three wild ones for the study, published in the journal ...

Jun 19, 2015

Hundreds arrested in global crackdown on wildlife contraband

A global crackdown on wildlife trafficking has netted “huge” amounts of whale bones, rhino horn, ivory and other contraband, leading to hundreds of arrests, European and Asian authorities announced Thursday. Operation Cobra III saw police in 62 countries swoop on suspected wildlife smugglers between ...

May 30, 2015

Rare antelopes mysteriously dying en masse in Kazakhstan

The sudden deaths of tens of thousands of endangered antelopes in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan over the past two weeks have left scientists scrambling for answers and conservationists worried about the animal’s future. Over 120,000 rare saiga antelopes — more than a third of the total ...