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Big drop in global cheetah numbers

There are only 7,100 cheetahs remaining in the wild. This had led to conservationists to renew calls for the big cats to be declared endangered.

Call to action from New Zealand to save Yellow-eyed penguin

Penguin populations around the world are in decline and now New Zealand's Yellow-eyed penguins slip toward extinction. At their rate of decline, Yellow-eyed penguins will vanish from the Otago Peninsula of New Zealand in about 40 years.

Over half of world's primates could disappear in next 50 years

Over half of all the world's non-human primates are now threatened with extinction as continuing agricultural and industrial activities destroy forest habitats and hunting and trading reduce their populations.

Cheetahs facing extinction risk

The world's cheetah population is rapidly moving towards extinction according to a new study into declining numbers. There are only 7,100 of the world's fastest animals left.

New report on poaching paints grim and short future for elephants

Experts are now warning that the African elephant could go extinct within the next 25 years unless something is done to put a stop to illegal poaching and its illicit ivory trade.

Two-year moratorium needed to protect bluefin tuna populations

An environmental group is warning that Pacific bluefin tuna could become extinct unless a two-year ban on commercial fishing is enacted.

Scientists declare the first mammal extinction because of pollution

An Australian research team declared the first mammal to become extinct due to human-made climate change and pollution. However, there's still a very small chance that some undetected populations of the rodent still exist.

Ash trees set to become extinct in Europe

The Ash tree is set for extinction in Europe. Ash trees have long-faced two serious threats: fungal disease ash-dieback and an invasive beetle called the emerald ash borer.

Big-brained mammals more likely to go extinct: Study

Paris - Mammals with large brains tend to be smarter but they also face a greater chance today of going extinct, according to a study published Wednesday.Scientists have long known that having oodles of grey matter comes at a certain cost.

Quagga, Zebra cousin, recreated 100 years after extinction

Scientists in South Africa have recreated the quagga, a relative of the zebra that once roamed South African plains in herds of thousands, but went extinct by 1883 due to excessive hunting.

Why diversity is beneficial to a species survival

Kalmar - A healthy population of any species is often defined as having a large amount of genetic diversity. But altered or new environmental conditions can become a challenge to living organisms, and individual differences can become key to their survival.

Review: This week’s newly released serial killers have differing motives Special

This week’s releases include a noir with a unique character; the inside scoop ‘Friday the 13th’ fans have been waiting for; some early, eccentric Wes Craven; and a cool take on the zombie.

Another Earth is found — but will we ever be able to reach it?

NASA's announcement on Thursday of its discovery of a cousin planet to Earth was historic, breathtaking but are we destined to merely be admirers from afar, or will we ever be able to visit?

Link between climate change and species extinction

A loss of the world's species is expected to increase dramatically climatologists warn. This is tied to a build-up of greenhouse gases. A new study draws on computer models and argues that climate change will result in disappearing animals.

New species extinction warning

New research suggests that around 60 percent of the planet's giant herbivores - plant-eaters - including rhinos, elephants and gorillas, are at risk of extinction.

Largest known asteroid crater found in Australia

Two massive underground domes found in the Earth's crust in the Warburton Basin in Central Australia represent the remains of the largest known asteroid impact crater on our planet.

Siberian big cats making a comeback

Siberian leopards and tigers are on the resurgence. The big cats were facing extinction only a few years ago and the efforts of dedicated conservationists has helped reverse that trend.

The Dodo: Science uncovers new insights about an old bird

Berlin - We have all heard of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus, previously Didus ineptus), described as a somewhat overweight, clumsy and tottering bird, seemingly so defenseless that it went extinct because of human predation.

Extinction clock running down with death of white Rhino

The extinction clock is winding down today for the Northern white rhino, one of the two sub-species of white rhinos. On Saturday, workers at a Kenya game reserve found Suni, one of two male Northern white rhinos, dead in his enclosure.

Passenger pigeons, once in the billions, commemorated this week

On September 1, the London Zoo stopped the clock outside the Victorian Bird House at noon. At the Cincinnati Zoo, a commemorative ceremony was held. Bird lovers around the world stopped to remember Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon who died 100 years ago.

Amazon's largest fish is facing extinction

Fans of master-fisherman Jeremy Wade will remember the Animal Planet's "River Monsters" episode when he was rammed in the chest by a large Arapaima. While Wade practices catch-and-release, this majestic fish is being decimated in the wild.

Scarlet kingsnakes are mimicking an extinct species

Chapel Hill - A harmless snake, mainly found in the Carolina Sandhills, has been mimicking a poisonous species for decades for protection. The odd thing is, the species that is is mimicking has been extinct for over 50 years.

Hannibal's main weapon against Romans may be nearing extinction

Nairobi - Once the weapon of mass destruction for Hannibal, African elephants could become extinct. Despite some success in curbing their poaching, more are dying than being born in Africa.

Rare bird alert

Researchers have collated a list of the 100 most rare and unique bird species, many of which are facing extinction. The researchers warn that half of the 100 highest ranked bird species are receiving little or no conservation attention.

Did microbes trigger mass species extinction?

Some scientists think that 252 million years ago an estimated 96 percent of all species were wiped from Earth. One research group suspect that this was due to methane-belching bacteria.

Stingray populations in decline

A new report finds that about a quarter of the world’s cartilaginous fish species are at risk of extinction. This includes many rays and some shark species.

25 percent of sharks, rays, at risk of extinction

Sharks have been around for about 450 million years. But the future of one of planet Earth's most successful species is at risk. New evidence suggests that 25 percent of sharks and rays are at risk of extinction.

The 'King of Beasts' threatened by extinction in Western Africa

Plagued by underfunding, little governmental support, poaching and indiscriminate killing by cattle herders, many of the countries in Western Africa have little control or incentive to save the few remaining western African lions left in the wild.

Mammoth de-extinction: Should we bring them back?

Scientist who cloned Dolly the sheep says cloning the 10,000-years-old female mammoth found recently among Russia's Novosibirsk Islands should be possible through stem cell. He said it should be done if taking care of the animal is possible.

Evolution too slow to deal with climate change, study says

A new study by a University of Arizona ecologist says that most vertebrates will have to evolve 10,000 times as quickly as they did in the past in order to keep up with climate change expected in the next 100 years.
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Polar Bear.
Polar Bear.
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Strawberry poison-dart frog contains numerous alkaloids which deter predators.
Strawberry poison-dart frog contains numerous alkaloids which deter predators.
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Spectacled Eider.
Spectacled Eider.
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Orangutan numbers and distribution have declined rapidly since the middle of the 20th century  due t...
Orangutan numbers and distribution have declined rapidly since the middle of the 20th century, due to human activities. These include hunting, unsustainable and often illegal logging, mining, and conversion of forests to agriculture.
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Artist s rendering of the landscape during end-Permian extinction. MIT researchers believe the Great...
Artist's rendering of the landscape during end-Permian extinction. MIT researchers believe the Great Dying happened in a very short time, only 60,000 years.
José-Luis Olivares/MIT
The chilling phrase  extinction  warns those taking part in Generation of Z.
The chilling phrase 'extinction' warns those taking part in Generation of Z.
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Welwitschia mirabilis (Common name: tree tumbo): Conservation status: Near threatened. A ragged-leav...
Welwitschia mirabilis (Common name: tree tumbo): Conservation status: Near threatened. A ragged-leaved inhabitant of African desert, some tree tumbos are believed to be over 1,000 years old.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Because of deforestation  Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past...
Because of deforestation, Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years, and the species' habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past 20 years.
WWF
The red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra)  native to Madagasgar  is critically endangered with a declinin...
The red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra), native to Madagasgar, is critically endangered with a declining wild population.
Hans Hillewaert
Suni was found dead on October 18  2014. He was 34 years old.
Suni was found dead on October 18, 2014. He was 34 years old.
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The Eastern Cape giant cycad originates from South Africa  is long-lived and slow growing  and is po...
The Eastern Cape giant cycad originates from South Africa, is long-lived and slow growing, and is popular as an ornamental plant.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Jeremy Wade is a catch-and-release sort of fisherman. Here he shows off his Arapaima  caught in the ...
Jeremy Wade is a catch-and-release sort of fisherman. Here he shows off his Arapaima, caught in the Amazon.
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On Sept. 1  1914  the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon became official when the last of its specie...
On Sept. 1, 1914, the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon became official when the last of its species (a bird named Martha) died. It might be a good idea to keep some really nice pictures of yellow-breasted buntings, just in case.......
Canadian Museum of Nature
Mass extinctions are  by definition  harsh  but they each seem to be disastrous in their own unique ...
Mass extinctions are, by definition, harsh, but they each seem to be disastrous in their own unique way.
University of California Museum of Paleontology's Understanding Evolution
The Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) is a subspecies of the western gorilla. This primat...
The Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) is a subspecies of the western gorilla. This primate is critically endangered, with only about 250 left in the wild.
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Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) photographed in Kandy  Sri Lanka.
Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) photographed in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
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