A newly discovered plant genus could be wiped out by dams and mining. Could giving it a name save it from extinction?
A bid to remove the bird from the Endangered Species Act has emerged once again—long after the disappearance of the organization that proposed its removal
In a move that shocked and horrified many conservationists, China this week opened up two legal markets for rhino horns and tiger body parts. Under China’s new rules, which overturn a 25-year-old ban, farm-raised tiger and rhino “products” can be approved for use in medical research or by accredited doctors in hospitals, despite the fact that the body parts have no known medicinal value.
Small, remnant populations might look like they’re doomed, but a new study says they could still deserve protection
A new study—the first of its kind—finds the world’s conservation areas fail to protect hundreds of rare cactus species
Researchers have identified a new tree species in Cameroon, but it only grew in a landscape that has now been destroyed by agriculture
The extinction of the Christmas Island flea—and the current risk to other parasites—shows a major gap in conservation efforts
At least 95 percent of Madagascar’s beloved primates are now at risk, conservationists warn
Experts worry this booming trade could doom the big cats in the wild
Only one male has turned up at the birds’ breeding grounds this year—and he’s too young to breed
New research shows 2,000-year-old baobab trees are suddenly dying. New trees won’t have a chance, either
The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome continues its deadly spread west, but a meeting of bat researchers reveals cause for hope
Conservationists have helped to save North America’s largest bird from extinction, but it’s still important to give every chick a chance to fly free
As the wild population falls to just 40 animals, captive breeding may be their last chance for survival
Exhaustive searchers have failed to turn up the lost Algerian species Adenocarpus faurei. Could other plants in the region also be extinct?
Thanks to protective efforts in Russia, these critically endangered big cats have renewed hope of avoiding extinction
The key to saving elephants and other species may lie in the DNA contained in their droppings, says conservation biologist Samuel Wasser
The “extinction capital of the world” could start losing unique plant species in as little as a month if funding disappears
Dozens of these water-filtering species are at risk of vanishing, and that’s bad news for every living creature that relies on them
A new study finds the big cats and other endangered animals do best in places where there’s no coverage