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Malaysia Mourns 'Loss of a Species'

Country's last male Sumatran rhino died

(Newser) - The Sumatran rhino—the smallest and hairiest of all rhino species—once roamed all over Malaysia. Now, just one survives in the country. Tam, a male around 30 years old, has died at a wildlife reserve in Borneo, leaving Iman, a female, as the only member of the critically endangered... More »

3 Endangered Whale Calves Have Made 'Perilous' Journey

3 of 7 North Atlantic right whales in this year's 'baby boom' have arrived in New England

(Newser) - An endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini-baby boom in New England waters, researchers on Cape Cod tell the AP . The North Atlantic right whale is one of the rarest species of whale on the planet, numbering only about 411. But the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass.... More »

There Were Only 4 of These Turtles Left. Now, 3

Last known female Yangtze softshell turtle dies at zoo in China

(Newser) - The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday. The animal was one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to be remaining in the world. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived,... More »

This Species Was Down to 10. Let's Make That 9

Environmentalists find the body of a vaquita porpoise

(Newser) - The environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said Thursday that it found the body of what appeared to be a vaquita porpoise, one of perhaps only 10 that remain in the world, the AP reports. The group said the remains were too badly decomposed for immediate identification and had been turned over... More »

Guy Abandons 1.5K Live Turtles at Airport

They were found in unclaimed suitcases

(Newser) - Customs officers at a Philippines airport got a surprise when they opened four abandoned suitcases: Inside were 1,529 live turtles and tortoises of assorted species, wrapped in duct tape, the BBC reports. They included rare and endangered species like star tortoises and sulcata tortoises. Officials estimate they could have... More »

Tortoise Not Seen in 110 Years Found on Galapagos Island

'There may be hope' for critically endangered species

(Newser) - A living member of a species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina, the AP reports. An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted... More »

Stork Is Visiting Critically Endangered Right Whales

7 new calves have been spotted off Florida, Georgia, in the wake of 0 last year

(Newser) - First there was one. But now the good news from critically endangered North Atlantic right whales has multiplied by seven—the number of new calves spotted so far this year in the waters off Florida and Georgia, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal . That's especially encouraging given the zero calves... More »

Rare Tigers in UK Again Kill One of Their Own

Death of Shouri at Longleat Safari Park follows another tiger killed at London Zoo just days ago

(Newser) - An English safari park says a rare Amur tiger has been killed in a fight with two other tigers. Longleat Safari Park said Wednesday that female tiger Shouri died in a fight Tuesday after she entered an enclosure where a pair of mating tigers was being kept, the AP reports.... More »

Plan to Mate Endangered Tigers Has Deadly End

The signs were 'positive,' but one Sumatran tiger ended up dead

(Newser) - The aim was a noble one: Bring the male Sumatran tiger Asim from Denmark to the London Zoo to mate with a female named Melati as part of an effort to increase the endangered species' population. What happened instead left the zoo heartbroken: The two were brought together for the... More »

Hawaiian Sharks May Soon Be a Lot Happier

If state officials manage to pass a shark-protection bill

(Newser) - Hawaiian lawmakers have introduced a new bill to protect any and all sharks from being killed in state waters—which, if it passes, will be the first law of its kind in America, the Guardian reports. Seems the bill was inspired by hundreds of support-letters and phone calls from around... More »

Officials Nab 9 Tons of Pangolin Scales

Hong Kong officials have already arrested 2 people

(Newser) - A shipping container seized in Hong Kong this month was full of animal parts, but they definitely didn't come from a cow as declared. Authorities there have arrested a man and a woman from a trading company after discovering more than 1,000 elephant tusks and 9 tons of... More »

Match.com Pays Off for Rare Frog

Stunt raises money for expedition, and researchers find 'Romeo' a potential mate

(Newser) - He is shy and not very active, and she is the opposite on both counts, but there are high hopes that this union via Match.com will be a lasting one. The "he" in this equation is a Sehuencas water frog named Romeo, explains the Guardian . For the last... More »

An Encouraging Sight in the Waters Off Florida

Right whale calf has been spotted

(Newser) - Florida conservationists are reporting a right whale calf sighting off the state's Atlantic coast. In a Facebook post, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said it's the first calf sighting of the critically endangered whale's winter calving season. "The... More »

A Wiggly New Problem for Endangered Seals

Juvenile Hawaiian monk seals spotted with eels in their noses

(Newser) - Endangered Hawaiian monk seals have enough to contend with —sharks, habitat loss, limited prey, nets —without eels wiggling in their noses. Yet NOAA researchers are noting just how much trouble an eel in the nose can cause after sharing a photo of an afflicted seal looking rather uncomfortable... More »

Meet the World's Deadliest Cat

The black-footed cat can stalk prey like no other

(Newser) - The world's deadliest cat is no leopard or tiger—in fact, it's the size of a house cat and appears just as cuddly. But the black-footed cat of southern Africa can hunt the grasslands like no other, Live Science reports. The PBS series Super Cats follows them on... More »

Sign of 'What the Future Could Look Like' in Remote Hawaii

East Island disappears beneath Pacific waves

(Newser) - Hawaii might've grown a peninsula this year, but it's now lost a whole 11-acre island, and perhaps endangered seals and turtles along with it. East Island, the second-largest islet in the French Frigate Shoals atoll, a few hundred miles northwest of the Hawaiian island chain, has disappeared since... More »

Plagued by a Man-Eating Tiger, India Has an Odd Idea

Calvin Klein's Obsession cologne may do the trick

(Newser) - Vets with tranquilizer darts, drones, and even a powerful breed of hunting dogs haven't been able to track down and take out a dangerous tiger in India suspected of killing 13. So now, forest rangers near Pandharkawada are turning to a bottle of something they hope will make the... More »

Most Endangered Primate in World Found on Huge Island

In Madagascar, 95% of lemurs are under the threat of extinction

(Newser) - What are the most endangered primates in the world? The answer may not be the one you expect: lemurs, according to an analysis by a group of conservationists known as the Primate Specialist Group. The animals are found only in Madagascar (and on a few neighboring islands), and 105 of... More »

A Big Change Is Proposed to Wildlife Protections

Officials would weigh economic factors in decisions under Endangered Species Act

(Newser) - Those who back the Endangered Species Act won't be happy to read a quote in the New York Times that sums up a story about its fate: "It's probably the best chance that we have had in 25 years to actually make any substantial changes," says... More »

'Soul' of the Pacific NW Is Dying of Starvation

Killer whales are succumbing to a variety of factors, including pollution and lack of Chinook salmon

(Newser) - "I believe we have orcas in our soul in this state." Those were the words of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this year after forming the Southern Resident Orca Task Force , an initiative meant to keep endangered killer whales alive in the region. Contributing to their extinction there,... More »

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