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Apr

Will this be a banner year for manatees?After a record number of deaths last year, wildlife officials counted 4,831 of the aquatic mammals in Florida’s waters, the third highest number since the statewide aerial survey began in 1991.

Will this be a banner year for manatees?
After a record number of deaths last year, wildlife officials counted 4,831 of the aquatic mammals in Florida’s waters, the third highest number since the statewide aerial survey began in 1991.

28

Mar

Endangered nene geese return to Oahu, hatch 3 chicksNene are Hawaii’s state bird, but they haven’t been reported on the populous island of Oahu in centuries. That finally changed this week when officials revealed two nene are raising a family there.

Endangered nene geese return to Oahu, hatch 3 chicks
Nene are Hawaii’s state bird, but they haven’t been reported on the populous island of Oahu in centuries. That finally changed this week when officials revealed two nene are raising a family there.

21

Mar

Endangered bird hatches from egg held together with glue, tape
From repairing crushed eggs to developing alluring perfumes that encourage breeding, conservationists are determined to save New Zealand’s rare kakapo.

Why go to this much trouble? You won’t believe how hard these birds are to save.

18

Mar

Watch this rare parrot’s hilarious attempt to mate with a photographerComedian Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine traveled to New Zealand to see the kakapo, one of the rarest parrots in the world. The birds are known for their sociable nature and will often approach humans. Carwardine learned just how friendly the kakapo can be when a parrot attempted to mate with him.

Watch this rare parrot’s hilarious attempt to mate with a photographer
Comedian Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine traveled to New Zealand to see the kakapo, one of the rarest parrots in the world.
 
The birds are known for their sociable nature and will often approach humans. Carwardine learned just how friendly the kakapo can be when a parrot attempted to mate with him.

14

Mar

Meet the pangolin: This adorable, endangered creature needs a PR makeoverAll 8 species of pangolin are in decline due to illegal trade, but conservationists hope to save them by softening the scaly animal’s image.

Meet the pangolin: This adorable, endangered creature needs a PR makeover
All 8 species of pangolin are in decline due to illegal trade, but conservationists hope to save them by softening the scaly animal’s image.

Record number of rhinos poached in 2013Poachers killed more than 1,000 protected rhinoceroses throughout South Africa in 2013, dwarfing the country’s previous record of 668 rhino slayings set in 2012.

Record number of rhinos poached in 2013
Poachers killed more than 1,000 protected rhinoceroses throughout South Africa in 2013, dwarfing the country’s previous record of 668 rhino slayings set in 2012.

03

Mar

Wildlife refuge to cat owners: Keep your kitties at homeTo protect endangered rodents, a Florida sanctuary will trap cats found on its land. Pets can be retrieved, but feral cats will likely be euthanized.

Wildlife refuge to cat owners: Keep your kitties at home
To protect endangered rodents, a Florida sanctuary will trap cats found on its land. Pets can be retrieved, but feral cats will likely be euthanized.

24

Feb

Leaping lemurs! Habitat crisis prompts calls to actionConservationists say these eccentric primates are on the brink of extinction as their treetop homes are threatened by the illegal hardwood trade and forest burning for crops.

Leaping lemurs! Habitat crisis prompts calls to action
Conservationists say these eccentric primates are on the brink of extinction as their treetop homes are threatened by the illegal hardwood trade and forest burning for crops.

11

Feb

While all endangered species are worth saving, it comes as no surprise that the cute and fuzzy members of the animal kingdom stand a better chance of protection. In addition to animals that make us go “aww,” big predators and species that are useful or commercially important top the list of the most-protected species. The losers in this competition are mostly plants, reptiles and amphibians, which are some of the most endangered groups in the world.
10 of the cutest endangered species

05

Feb

U.S. endangered species list finally saves a fishThe Oregon chub, a rare American minnow, would be the first U.S. fish to lose its federal endangered-species status because it’s no longer at risk of extinction.

U.S. endangered species list finally saves a fish
The Oregon chub, a rare American minnow, would be the first U.S. fish to lose its federal endangered-species status because it’s no longer at risk of extinction.