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Endangered Animals

Poachers Are On Track To Kill More Rhinos This Year Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.15.2015 | Green

They may look like tanks, but sadly, they're far from bulletproof. Poachers in South Africa, home to some 20,700 rhinos, are on track to top last y...

10 Animals Whose Fates Rest In Our Hands

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green

Our beautiful planet is a diverse and resilient place, filled with countless creatures who stir our hearts and imaginations. But sadly, human activiti...

The ESA: Taking Noah's Ark Into a Brave New World

Cristina Eisenberg | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Cristina Eisenberg

In the past 42 years we've put over 2,000 species of animals and plants on the ESA ark; only 30 have succumbed to extinction. However, some experts protest defining ESA success in terms of species still on the list rather than by the number of species that have recovered.

Take A Ride On The Back Of A Giant Endangered Turtle

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green

As far as adaptation goes, many turtle species have been unable to keep up with our rapidly changing planet. The giant South American river turtle is ...

Why One Designer Built An Online Refuge For 30 Endangered Animals

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts

"Thirty species. Thirty pieces. One fragmented survival." So begins Bryan James' interactive exhibition "Species in Pieces," a CSS-based survey of evo...

Yeehaw! See the Sea Cow Roundup in Florida's Citrus County

Kari Haugeto | Posted 03.20.2015 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Citrus County, just north of St. Petersburg, has more than 70 natural springs which shoot a constant flow of 72-degree water. These mild conditions combined with the area's shallow water make this habitat the ideal winter haven for chilled manatees.

Lydia O'Connor

California Considers Strict Ivory Ban To Protect Elephants

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.09.2015 | Green

A bill introduced in the California legislature would enforce a strict ban on ivory sales in the state amid conservationists’ urge to protect vanish...

Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal's Suspicious Death Sparks Investigation

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green

An endangered Hawaiian monk seal was found bludgeoned to death on the Northeast coast of Kauai on November 30, and federal and state authorities have ...

These Animals With Pumpkins Are Adorable, But The Threats They Face Are Not

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.23.2014 | Green

The Philadelphia Zoo is getting festive! For the first two weekends in October, the zoo celebrates its annual Beast Feast by giving pumpkins to it...

Orphaned Baby Rhino Seems To Think He's A Fuzzy Little Lamb

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.17.2014 | Good News

This orphaned rhino has made an unexpected friend. Gertjie (aka Little G) is apparently bosom buddies with a lamb named Lammie. The two play togeth...

Endangered Monk Seals Are Making A Very Cute Comeback

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green

Hawaiian monk seal births are on the rise, according to The Marine Mammal Center. The species is considered critically endangered, with fewer than ...

World Falling Behind On Plan To Protect Natural World, UN Says

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Governments are failing to meet goals to protect animals and plant...

The Passenger Pigeon, A Requiem

Carl Safina | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green
Carl Safina

As I think of what we are doing to elephants, coral reefs, Bluefin tuna, the great apes and the great cats, today on this sad centennial I wonder whether humanity ever really learned the lesson of the passenger pigeon.

Art in Aspen? Looks an Awful Lot Like Wildlife Exploitation

Kieran Suckling | Posted 10.18.2014 | Green
Kieran Suckling

The Aspen Art Museum in Colorado is hosting a controversial exhibit from Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang featuring three African sulcata tortoises, each affixed with a pair of iPads stuck directly to their massive shells.

Wildlife Officials Take Unusual Step To Save Endangered Tortoises

AP | Posted 10.17.2014 | Green

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal government is taking the unusual step of beginning to sterilize an endangered species it is trying to save. ...

The House's Continued Assault on Endangered Species

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Our political leaders are drifting radically off course, abandoning values we've embraced for generations. Don't let the voices of the powerful few outweigh the interests of the majority of us who know the importance of conserving biological diversity in our country.

Interview: 99.9% of Species Ever on Earth Are Extinct Now

Richard Ha | Posted 09.23.2014 | Hawaii
Richard Ha

This is Dr. Shane Burgess again, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona, talking this time about how 99.9 percent of all species that ever lived on the earth are now extinct.

Obama Opens East Coast To Oil Exploration For First Time In Decades

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 09.17.2014 | Green

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic s...

Hints Of Hope Emerge In Deadly American Bat Plague

Mother Nature Network | Russell McLendon | Posted 07.13.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. About 6 million American bats have died from white-nose syndrome since its mysterious 2006...

Researchers Work To Save 'Snot Otters' Disappearing From Streams

AP | By RICK CALLAHAN | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) — With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America's largest salamander wouldn't top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender...

Could This Plan Save The Endangered Florida Panther?

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2014 | Green

By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla., July 5 (Reuters) - The endangered Florida panther, running out of room to prowl as its numbers rebound, ...

Blue Whales, Collateral Damage, and the U.S. Navy's Avoidable War on Whales

Joel Reynolds | Posted 08.31.2014 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Among a wide range of potential harms, scientists have found that high-powered Navy sonar disrupts blue whale feeding, halting their deep-foraging dives, displacing them from krill patches, and silencing their calls.

'Shark Girl' Fighting To Save The Ocean's Top Predator

Mother Nature Network | Gerri Miller | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network. In the hierarchy of the ocean, sharks are the apex predator, not the prey. But the fearsom...

Armadillo, World Cup Mascot, Threatened With Extinction

Reuters | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, June 12 (Reuters) - The armadillo, mascot of the FIFA World Cup, is threatened with e...

How Should We Honor Earth Day?

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

When did conservation become a polarizing political issue, when it has been, for the past century, a defining characteristic of American values and the American spirit?