Endangered Species

Oarfish Carcass Found Off Californian Coast — Giant 18-Foot (5 Meter) Oarfish Found

An giant 18-foot long oarfish carcass was just found off the coast of Southern California. While the fish in question is rather huge looking, individuals of the species are actually known to get as large as 50-60 feet long, and can, perhaps, grow even larger than that. This recent individual was found by marine scientist

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Elephants Spontaneously Understand Concept Of Pointing, Research Finds — Underscoring Great Similarities In Human And Elephant Cognition

Elephants spontaneously understand the concept of pointing, new research has found — greatly underscoring the great observed similarities between elephant and human cognition. Especially when you consider that while the great apes are all known to make use of the gesture when raised in a culture that uses it (such as in human captivity) it

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BlobFish Declared ‘World’s Ugliest Animal’ To Aid Conservation Efforts

When it comes to conservation of rare and endangered animals, conservation groups and institutions tend to favor the more handsome species as emblems of their causes. This is understandable, we like looking at cute animals (and babies). Arguably, this “cuteness factor” is what makes us care about saving and protecting such creatures. But would we

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Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur — New Primate Discovered In Madagascar

A new species of dwarf lemur — the Lavasoa Dwarf Lemur — was recently discovered in the south of Madagascar by researchers from the Institute of Anthropology at Mainz University. “Together with Malagasy scientists, we have been studying the diversity of lemurs for several years now,” stated Dr. Andreas Hapke of the Institute of Anthropology

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Environmental Toxins Are Finding Their Way Into The Brains Of Polar Bears, Research Finds

Bioaccumulative perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) — toxic compounds used in a large variety of different commercial and industrial products over the past 60 or so years — are crossing the blood brain barrier of the polar bears living in East Greenland, new research has found. PerFluoroAlkyl Substances (PFASs) are ubiquitous throughout much of the world now

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Iberian Lynx Likely To Go Extinct Despite Current Conservation Methods, Research Finds

The nearly €100 million that have spent on conservation efforts for the Iberian lynx so far have likely been in vain — as the methods are insufficient to prevent the species extinction when other environmental factors such as climate change are factored in, according to new research from the Centre for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate

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Great White Sharks Rely On Energy Stored In Their Livers For Long-Distance Journeys, Research Finds

Great white sharks rely on fat/oil stores in their huge livers for energy during their non-stop long-distance journeys — some over distances of more than 2,500 miles, new research from Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium has found. The fact that great white sharks don’t actually feed during long-distance migrations is a relatively recent

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SΓ£o Miguel Scops Owl Went Extinct With First Settlers In The 15th Century

The SΓ£o Miguel Scops Owl went extinct very shortly after human settlement of SΓ£o Miguel Island in the Azores during the 15th century, according to new research from the University of La Laguna. Fossils of the small, nocturnal bird of prey — related to the European scops owl Otus frutuosoi — were first found in

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Human Sewage And Pet Waste Threatening The Survival Of The Galapagos Sea Lion

The dumping of human sewage into the ocean and rainfall runoff containing pet wastes may be threatening the continued survival of the endangered Galapagos sea lion, new research from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has found. The research has found that the immune systems of the sea lions which live near human populations are

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Animal News Roundup: Ancient Horse Genome Sequenced, Elephant Diet Choices Shape Evolution, & A Lizard Live Birth Mystery Solved

Three intriguing and exciting animal news stories to report…So, let’s get to it. Genome from a 700,000 Year Old Horse Fossil Is Sequenced Setting the record for the oldest animal (human or otherwise) to have its DNA sequenced, a team of evolutionary biologists has sequenced DNA found in a bone from an ancient horse-like species

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Monarch Butterfly & Many Birds Facing Big Declines, Possible Extinction

[Special Note: see the note at bottom for a link to a new bird species discovery!] The decline in Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) numbers has been transpiring for at least two decades, but in recent years, these declines have become more dramatic. Each year, vast numbers of the ornately-winged insect engage in their famous, ritual

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Giant Panda Twins Born In China — Highly Endangered Species Still Near The Brink

A pair of giant pandas were just born at the the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan. The twins are the first pandas born this year, as far as is currently known. The highly endangered species currently numbers only about 1600 individuals in the wild, with a further 300 or

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Mammal And Bird Extinctions Will Greatly Increase In Frequency During The Next 40 Years, Research Finds

Human population growth over the next 40 or so years will cause the extinction of a great number of mammal and bird species, according to new research from Ohio State University. The new research states that a typical growing nation should expect at least 3.3% more threatened species in the next decade and an increase

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New Light Shed On The Physiology Of Diving Mammals — Research Exposes Secrets Of Whales, Dolphins, Otters, Seals, Etc

Marine mammals possess truly remarkable underwater endurance — some of them, such as the sperm whale, can remain submerged during their dives for as long as an hour and a half. That’s an hour and a half of physical exertion on a single breath. What physiological adaptions allow such impressive abilities? The answers to that

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Cheetah Hunting Dynamics Revealed By New Study — First Direct Measurements Of Wild Cheetah Locomotion

The hunting and locomotion dynamics of wild cheetahs have had some new light shed on them as a result of new research from the Royal Veterinary College. The new research is the first to provide detailed direct measurements and data on the hunting and locomotion dynamics of the wild cheetah while still in its natural

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Loggerhead Turtles Use Sight To Hunt Jellyfish — Not Sound Or Smell, Research Finds

Loggerhead turtles rely on their vision while hunting for jellyfish in the open ocean — not their hearing or sense of smell, new research has found. The new research — from the University of Tokyo — was done by tracking the turtles’ underwater movements with with 3D loggers and National Geographic Crittercams. The researchers also

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Crocodiles, Alligators, Caimans, and Gharials — Crocodilian Facts And Images (10 Friday Photos)

Crocodilians — crocodiles, alligators, gharials, and caimans — are some of the most successful predators on the planet, as well as being very interesting looking. They possess an impressive array of “super-sensory” adaptations that make them very effective hunters within their preferred habitats. They are also some of my “favorite” animals — meaning that their

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Hula Frog — Frog Thought To Be Extinct Found In Israel, Future Of Species Uncertain

The Hula Frog — a species of frog declared extinct back in 1996 — was recently found to not actually be extinct. The species was rediscovered in northern Israel, where a small remnant population has apparently managed to persist, within a small portion of the species’ previous range. The Hula frog was the first amphibian

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Sturgeon Fish Aren't Living Fossils — Actually One Of The Fastest Evolving Fish On The Planet With Regards To Body Size, Research Finds

It’s often been remarked that the group of fish known as sturgeons are living fossils — having remained more or less unchanged for the past 100 million years. But now, new research has shown this to be far from true — sturgeon are actually one of the fastest-evolving group of fish on the planet with

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Fluorescent Pink Slugs — Giant Slugs Found Living On Mountain In Australia

Giant fluorescent pink slugs were recently discovered living in the upper reaches of Mount Kaputar, in New South Wales, Australia. The strange species has only been found on that single peak — apparently no longer existing anywhere else in the world, a relic of the rainforest environment that once covered much of Australia. The mountain

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Shark Ecotourism More Economically Valuable Than Shark Fishing, Research Finds — Shark Numbers Still Rapidly Falling

Shark ecotourism is more economically valuable than shark fishing is, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. With the rapid decline of shark populations around the world in recent decades, and the many warnings of their possible extinction in the near future, hopefully this new research helps in the establishment of effective

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82% Of California's Remaining Native Fish Will Likely Go Extinct Within The Next 100 Years, Research Finds

82% of California’s remaining native freshwater fish species will likely go extinct within the next 100 years as a result of climate change and habitat loss, new research has found. This includes California’s remains salmon species, which will likely lose their habitats to invasive non-native fish, according to researchers from the Center for Watershed Sciences

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Jaguar In Guatemala — Photographed In Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve Via Camera Trap

If you’re interested in seeing a photograph of a startled looking jaguar, then look no further we’ve got you covered… An image of a jaguar captured by a camera trap in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve was recently released by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Such camera traps are activated by motion or heat differentials, and are

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Even Farm Animal Genetic Diversity Is Plummeting — Loss Of Genetic Diversity Amongst Wild And Domesticated Species Is A Slow-Moving Disaster

Along with the rapid disappearance of much of the world’s wild biodiversity over the past century, the diversity of domesticated plant and animal species has also been falling rapidly. This loss of species diversity and genetic diversity poses a serious threat to continuation of modern industrial agriculture, and perhaps much more importantly, to the free

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Animals Bred In Zoos And Reintroduced To The Wild Bring Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria With Them, Research Finds

Animals raised in captive breeding programs, and then released into the wild, may transmit antibiotic resistant bacteria to the wild populations, new research on wallabies has found. Specifically, the research found that “endangered brush-tail rock wallabies raised in captive breeding programs carry antibiotic resistance genes in their gut bacteria and may be able to transmit

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Black Rhino Still Near Extinction, Western Subspecies Still Extinct : Pictures Of A Disappearing Animal

The black rhino, also known as the hook-lipped rhinoceros, is a critically endangered species of rhinoceros, that was previously endemic throughout much of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa, and also to certain regions in West Africa. The species has seen a dramatic drop in population numbers and genetic diversity in recent years. Many of the

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