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World's most popular Christmas tree is also home to a tarantula

Without a doubt, the most popular Christmas tree is the Fraser fir. With its distinctive blue-green color and pleasant scent, along with needles that retain their freshness during the whole of the holiday season, it is the perfect tree in all respects.

Endangered status sought for the Eastern hellbender

Albany - They may be so ugly that only a mother could love them. The Eastern hellbender is an aquatic salamander indigenous to Eastern North America, They play an important role in their ecosystem, both as predator and prey. But now, they need our protection.

A step forward in shark conservation

All trade in five named species of sharks is to be regulated. This means that fishing for the sharks is restricted and to do so without a permit will be illegal across most parts the world.

Increase in California blue whale numbers

San Francisco - Biologists have calculated that the numbers of California blue whales has risen. This means that the population is returning to sustainable levels.

Scientists study Amazon turtles that ‘talk,’ take care of young

A team of scientists studying the Giant River Turtles of the Amazon River have found the species uses various sounds to communicate with each other, even one for newly-hatched nestlings, a previously unknown parenting behavior.

Bird’s eye view: Bird threat zones revealed

Scientists have produced detailed maps revealing the areas in the world where bird populations are in decline. The majority of regions are in South America.

Iranian and U.N. officials attempt to save the Asiatic cheetah

Tehran - At first glance protecting an endangered cheetah seems straightforward. However the situation in Iran is more complicated than any casual observer could realize.

Op-Ed: The high cost of being an attractive and enamoured male

Chachapoyas - Many animal features have evolved in order to enhance survival and reproductive success. In some cases being attractive may bring success in finding a mate, but it may also have adverse effect on survival. Such is the case for a Peruvian hummingbird.

Tiny java mouse deer born in Bioparc Fuengirola (Video)

Fuengirola - About the size of a hamster at birth, this little guy will reach the approximate size of a rabbit when fully grown. Considered to be an endangered species, the birth of the new baby delighted all involved.

California redwoods being poached as a source for drug money

Criminals and drug users are entering the California National and State parks at night and poaching redwood burls and other knotty growths from the world's tallest trees, some nearly 2,000-years old.

Op-Ed: Reflections on zoos and euthanasia

The slaughter of giraffe Marius at a Copenhagen zoo has prompted interest in just how many healthy animals are actually slaughtered by zoos in Europe and worldwide. It seems numbers are unknown, however scientific thought is that slaughters are necessary

Hundreds of dead animals found at S.A. airport

Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island and is considered a "biological hotspot." Over 90 percent of its wildlife are found nowhere else on the planet. Man's threat to the island's diverse ecosystems, and unusual wildlife is a real concern.

Bill seeks to remove federal protection for endangered species

Washington - The Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act, currently in committee in the Senate, seeks to leave protection of endangered species up to the Governors of each state and automatically remove protections for animals after five years.

Auction winner of rhino hunt fears he's the endangered species

Chris Knowlton looks forward to facing and becoming intimately involved with a black rhino. He's the lucky winner of an auction that gives him a permit to legally shoot one of the endangered beasts. Now he fears for his life, right in his own backyard.

Norway attempts to catalog every species

In 2009 Norway announced that it was setting out to catalog every species contained within its borders. To date this had led to over 1,000 new species being discovered.

Humpback whales could be dropped as an endangered species

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched a review of whether it should take North Pacific humpback whales off the endangered species list.

Plan to save Maui's dolphins

Only 55 adult Maui's dolphins are known to survive off the coast of New Zealand. A plan has been launched to try and save the few dolphins that are left.

Reward for information about endangered wolf killings

Six endangered red wolves have been shot in the last month in North Carolina, prompting the federal government to advertise a reward made up of contributions from conservationist organizations.

German zoo forced to change name of Fidel, the Cuban crocodile

Hoyerswerda - One of seven endangered Cuban crocodiles hatched at the Hoyerswerda Zoo was given the name "Fidel". Apparently his name has caused some problems due to associations with the Communist revolutionary, Fidel Castro, and has had to be changed.

Endangered species of sacred scarab beetles found in S. Africa

Natal - Two new endangered species of the scarab dung beetles have been discovered by scientists in southern Africa. At one time the beetles were famous as the sacred beetle amulets and jewelry of ancient Egypt, similar to the cross worn by Christians of today.

Two new species of the scarab beetle found in Africa

In ancient Egypt, scarab beetles were revered and considered sacred. They were a symbol of hope and the restoration of life. Their images could be found on amulets, funerary objects and seals. The discovery of two new species are important finds.

Endangered giraffe killed in freak Spanish road accident

Valencia - A 2-year-old female giraffe named Jerezana, was en route from Jerez de la Frontera to the Bioparc de Valencia, when a truck crashed into the convoy transporting the animal. She was severely injured in the accident and later had to be put to sleep.

Man busted for smuggling eggs of rare bird species in underwear

Customs authorities in Zurich, Switzerland seized a man, apparently a bird specialist, who was smuggling the eggs of protected parrots in his underwear, whilst traveling the world and trading them.

Scientists discover four new lizard species in California

Berkeley - Biologists based in California this week announced the discovery of four new species of legless lizards. Nothing unusual about that, you might think. But the discovery wasn't made thousands of miles away. Quite the contrary.

Orangutans announce travel plans a day before leaving

A new study shows that wild orangutans not only plan their travel routes in advance, but let others know about their trip ahead of time as well.

Iceland resumes endangered fin whale hunts

Despite being a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Iceland ignored the ban on commercial whaling and has killed two endangered fin whales in just a few days.

'Endangered Species' prints by Andy Warhol up for auction

London - In the 1980's, following a conversation about ecology and beach erosion, Warhol's New York art dealers suggested he make prints of endangered species. He went ahead and called his works "animals in make-up".

'Lost world' of eight new species discovered near Loch Ness

Biodiversity studies carried out on a charitable foundation’s ancient woodlands west of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands have unearthed a wide range of rare and endangered species, some previously unknown.

Prince William makes impassioned plea to save endangered species

Bangkok - Representatives of 177 countries gathering in Bangkok for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, (CITES), received support, yesterday, from Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British Crown.

Peru & the Andean condor: A contradiction in celebration (Video)

For the people living up in the Peruvian Andes, the condor is a sacred creature. However they continue to use the endangered species in Yawar festivals, strapping them to the backs of bulls in bull fights, injuring and killing many.
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An endangered condor is  celebrated  by Peruvians in the Yawar Festival by being strapped to the bac...
An endangered condor is "celebrated" by Peruvians in the Yawar Festival by being strapped to the back of a bull during a bull fight.
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The Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis)  photographed in Kolkata  West Bengal  India.  T...
The Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis), photographed in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The Large-billed Reed Warbler is similar in appearance.
J.M. Garg
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
With permission by The Center for Whale Research
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
Tim Vickers
Photo by Dave Ellifrit
Photo by Dave Ellifrit
With permission by The Center for Whale Research
With permission by The Center for Whale Research
Orca whale
Orca whale
Minette Layne
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
Hairy-nosed wombat
Hairy-nosed wombat
Eva Hejda
Oregon Chub
Oregon Chub
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
African lions occupy only 17 percent of their historical range and have declined dramatically in num...
African lions occupy only 17 percent of their historical range and have declined dramatically in number due to habitat loss and indiscriminate killing in defense of humans and livestock.
Julie Larsen Maher - Eurekalert
As interest in Earth s changing climate heats up  a tiny dark particle is stepping into the limeligh...
As interest in Earth's changing climate heats up, a tiny dark particle is stepping into the limelight: black carbon. Commonly known as soot, black carbon enters the air when fossil fuels and biofuels, such as coal, wood, and diesel are burned. Black carbon is found worldwide, but its presence and impact are particularly strong in Asia.
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
Jungle animals in Edinburgh
Woodland (Boreal) Caribou photographed in Denali National Park  Alaska.
Woodland (Boreal) Caribou photographed in Denali National Park, Alaska.
Derek Ramsey
New study says it has finally linked ocean noise to stress in North Atlantic right whales.
New study says it has finally linked ocean noise to stress in North Atlantic right whales.