Tag - endangered



Wildlife researcher Amelia Hiorns says Japan's bears feel the pressure of human presence and have learned that encountering us is not worth their time.
Mar 30, 2024
Amelia Hiorns: 'Guiding and introducing people to Japan's nature has been rewarding'
Wildlife researcher Amelia Hiorns shares how separate interests in Japan and in bears culminated in conservation work in the mountains of Nagano.
Director of the Akan International Crane Center, Miyuki Kawase, says tourism is incredibly helpful for the birds, but the people who come to take pictures of the birds have to remember they are still wild animals.
Feb 24, 2024
Miyuki Kawase: ‘Experience, whether happy, sad or painful, makes you grow’
The director of the Akan International Crane Center in Hokkaido tells us how she found herself in a career centered around the symbolic white birds.
Specimen M831 stored at the National Museum of Nature and Science’s Tsukuba Research Departments in Ibaraki Prefecture
Feb 22, 2024
How a 13-year-old discovered a possible Japanese wolf specimen
A new paper by Hinako Komori and two academics says a specimen she found could be one of two Japanese wolves kept at Ueno Zoo in the late 19th century.
A sea turtle swims off the coast of Brazil. Sea turtles can migrate hundreds or thousands of miles.
Feb 14, 2024
Overhunting and habitat loss endanger migratory animals, U.N. says
One in five migratory species is at risk of extinction, according to a new report by the United Nations.
A Bengal Tiger pauses in a jungle clearing a Kaziranga National Park, some 280 kilometers east of Guwahati in 2014. Tigers in India have been photographed in high-altitude mountains rarely seen before, with experts suggesting relentless human pressure and a heating climate are driving them from traditional hunting grounds.
Feb 8, 2024
India's tigers adapt to higher ground as temperatures soar and human pressure builds
The animals are venturing into higher mountainous terrain, signifying increased pressure on their habitats.
A bear spotted in the town of Shibecha, Hokkaido, in June
Dec 26, 2023
Japan mulls designating bear populations for capture amid attacks
There were a total of 193 bear attacks in Japan between April and November, with six fatalities among the 212 victims.
A giant panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington during one of its last days on American soil. Pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji were returned to China on Nov. 8 upon Beijing's request.
Nov 14, 2023
Pandas don’t play diplomatic hard ball like China does
Panda diplomacy is endangered, with the forced return of three bears from Washington to China an exercise in "dumb power."
Young Japanese eels successfully hatched from the new breeding process
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 5, 2023
Japan university becomes first to breed Japanese eels
Nearly all eels on the market come from farms but most are first caught in the wild and smaller catches have raise the importance of breeding from eggs.
Thon Soukhon, who has been a ranger in Virachey since the forest became one of Cambodia’s first national parks in 1993, holds a rope as he crosses a rain-swollen river within the protected area.
Oct 29, 2023
In the name of sustainability, Cambodia risks its ‘final frontier’ of biodiversity
Virachey National Park is a rare untouched wilderness in Southeast Asia, but potential hydropower plans threaten its future.
The Iriomote cat, native to the island of the same name in Okinawa Prefecture, is remarkable for its resilience: It occupies the smallest habitat of any wildcat on Earth.
Oct 15, 2023
The last of Japan's wildcats
Only about 100 animals of each species survive today, putting both on the brink of extinction along with more than 3,700 other species nationwide.
Xiang Xiang the giant panda was put on public view on Sunday for the first time since returning to China in February.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 10, 2023
Japan-born panda Xiang Xiang makes public debut in China
In a video posted to Weibo by a giant panda research center in Sichuan Province, the female panda can be seen leisurely eating bamboo shoots.
Sheep rest under a starry night in Pontimia Pasture in the Swiss Alps.
Aug 25, 2023
Crying wolf to save livestock and their predator
Preservation groups have hailed the return of wolves, seeing it as a sign of a healthier ecosystem. But breeders decry soaring attacks on livestock.
Takakia lepidozioides, a type of moss found mainly in the U.S., Japan and Tibet, has survived for at least 165 million years. Now it’s disappearing in the wild due to climate change.
Aug 25, 2023
This moss survived millions of years. Warming is killing it
Takakia lepidozioides, found mainly in the U.S., Japan and Tibet, has survived for 165 million years. Now it’s disappearing due to climate change.
Staff from the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium release a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle with a transmitter attached in the central North Pacific Ocean in July.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 20, 2023
Japanese aquarium begins study on sea turtle migration
Little is known about the exact route and mechanism of the loggerhead's migration from the coast of Japan to the west coast of North America.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 4, 2023
A ghostly 'fairy lantern' plant in Hyogo, back from the dead
For over two decades, scientists thought Thismia kobensis was extinct, but it's now being called a “Lazarus species” following a discovery by Kobe University researchers.
Japan Times
May 3, 2023
Fate of an eighth of the world’s white rhinos to be decided this week
The sale of the about 2,000 endangered rhinos, equipment and the land comes as South Africa fights to protect the animals in its nature reserves.
Japan Times
Apr 29, 2023
New Zealand fights to save its flightless national bird
New Zealand's treasured kiwi birds are shuffling around Wellington's verdant hills for the first time in a century, after a drive to eliminate invasive predators from the capital's surrounds.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 10, 2023
Small ears, frizzy hair and dry ear wax — the genetics of mammoths
Researchers said they had analyzed the genomes of 23 woolly mammoths — including 16 newly sequenced ones — based on remains preserved in Siberian permafrost.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2023
Okinawa to cap visitors to Iriomote to prevent over-tourism
The measures for the remote island will not be compulsory for the time being, with relevant parties only being urged to cooperate with the cap.
Japan Times
Mar 28, 2023
How do so many endangered creatures end up in Japan’s animal cafes?
Critically endangered species and ones banned from international trade are among the hundreds of types birds, reptiles and mammals that researchers identified at 142 animal cafes.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?