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Sunday Species Snapshot: Sociable Lapwing

Sunday Species Snapshot: Sociable Lapwing

Why is the sociable lapwing critically endangered? Scientists don’t know for sure, and the birds aren’t talking. Species name: Sociable lapwing or sociable plover (Vanellus gregarius) Where found: As a migratory bird, the sociable lapwing has a fairly large range.

November 10, 2013 — John R. Platt
Sunday Species Snapshot: Forest Owlet

Sunday Species Snapshot: Forest Owlet

Scientific fraud almost led to this tiny owl’s extinction. Species name: Forest owlet (Heteroglaux blewitti). Known locally as dongar dudaa.

January 5, 2014 — John R. Platt
Sunday Species Snapshot: Alaotran Gentle Lemur

Sunday Species Snapshot: Alaotran Gentle Lemur

A primate that lives only in wetlands? That alone makes the Alaotran gentle lemur unique. But this tiny lemur lives in incredibly limited constrained habitat, which continues to shrink around it.

December 22, 2013 — John R. Platt
Sunday Species Snapshot: Daggernose Shark

Sunday Species Snapshot: Daggernose Shark

These small sharks pose no threats to humans. The opposite, however, cannot be said. Species name: Daggernose shark (Isogomphodon oxyrhynchus).

December 1, 2013 — John R. Platt

This Massive Squirrel Has Been Saved from Extinction

It only took about half a century, but the once-rare Delmarva fox squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus) now has a healthy population once again, placing it in a position to finally leave the protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

September 23, 2014 — John R. Platt
Sunday Species Snapshot: Blue-Crowned Laughingthrush

Sunday Species Snapshot: Blue-Crowned Laughingthrush

There isn’t much to laugh about when we’re talking about the blue-crowned laughingthrush. Only about 250 of these rare birds, whose songs sound like human laughter, remain in the wild.

February 16, 2014 — John R. Platt
Good News for One of the World’s Rarest Monkeys

Good News for One of the World’s Rarest Monkeys

You know that a species is in rough shape when a population increase of just 20 animals is cause for celebration. But that’s the case in northern Vietnam this month, where one of the few remaining groups of critically endangered Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus avunculus) has grown from just 90 individuals in 2006 to between [...]

December 17, 2013 — John R. Platt

Sunday Species Snapshot: Fijian Monkey-Faced Bat

This rare bat is only known from a handful of collected animals on a single mountain on a single Polynesian island. Species name: Fijian monkey-faced bat (Mirimiri acrodonta), the only member of its genus and the only mammal endemic to the Republic of Fiji.

December 8, 2013 — John R. Platt
New Crocodile Species Discovered in West Africa

New Crocodile Species Discovered in West Africa

Studying crocodiles in some of the world’s most remote and inaccessible places isn’t easy, but it’s all in a day’s work for researcher Matthew Shirley.

February 6, 2014 — John R. Platt

Gorgeous Blue-Eyed Lemur Faces Extinction in 11 Years

One of the most recently discovered lemur species of Madagascar could also be one of the first to disappear. The striking blue-eyed black lemur (Eulemur flavifrons), which was only identified as a species in 2008, faces extinction in as little as 11 years due to rapid deforestation in its only habitat, according to research published [...]

February 11, 2015 — John R. Platt