Millions of years before humans set foot in the Americas, a rush of alien animals began arriving in South America. As the Isthmus of Panama…Read More What Happened to South America’s Missing Mega-Mammals?
Not so long ago, the northern seas were full of great auks. Every summer, millions of the two-toned, goose-sized birds would gather at different breeding…Read More Why the Great Auk Is Gone for Good
The illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam has depleted some forests so drastically that scientists call the result “empty forest syndrome,” where almost nothing sings or…Read More This Elusive Creature Wasn’t Seen for Nearly 30 Years. Then It Appeared on Camera.
In 1991 Rodrigo Bernal, a botanist who specializes in palms, was driving into the Tochecito River Basin, a secluded mountain canyon in central Colombia, when…Read More Stalking the Endangered Wax Palm
Some 99 million years ago, a small animal with a weird elongated toe died and became partially entombed in amber. Its lower leg and foot…Read More Why Did This Extinct Bird Have Such a Weird, Long Toe?
For thousands of years, cultures around the world have revered the sweet aroma of frankincense. In Ancient Egypt, embalmers stuffed it inside the bodies and…Read More Could This Be the End of Frankincense?
They are not much bigger than silver dollars when they hatch, struggle out of sand and stumble toward the sea, and most do not survive…Read More Once Threatened, Sea Turtle Nests Thrive Along the Georgia Coast
REEDS BEACH, N.J. — On a recent spring day at this remote beach, hundreds of shorebirds flapped frantically beneath a net trapping them on the…Read More The Shorebirds of Delaware Bay Are Going Hungry
TOKYO — We smelled them before we saw them. Amid an overwhelming reek of urine and scat, we descended a tight staircase into a cramped…Read More These Otters Are Popular Pets in Asia. That May Be Their Undoing.
HELENA, Mont. — Federal wildlife officials are proposing to strip endangered species protections from the gray wolf populations in the Lower 48 states, citing significant…Read More Gray Wolves May Lose Endangered Status and Protections
It’s been 38 years since scientists last spotted the insect known as Wallace’s Giant Bee, a rare species found only in a group of Indonesian…Read More The World’s Largest Bee Is Not Extinct
Q. Is the coelacanth the only living fossil? A. The term “living fossil” was originally used by Darwin to describe ancient species, like the ginkgo…Read More These Species Were Said to Be Extinct. Really, They Were Just Hard to Find.
It is said that artists are never fully appreciated until they die. The same goes for snails, apparently. For roughly a decade, the land snail…Read More A Snail Called George, Believed to Be the Last of His Species, Dies
Last Thursday there was a bit of good news relating to the impending extinction and destruction of everything. The mountain gorilla, a subspecies of the…Read More Hope for the Great Apes, and Maybe for Us
A new study suggests that there are six, and not two, distinct subspecies of tigers remaining in the world. These findings, according to a report…Read More New Study Confirms Tigers Have Six Distinct Subspecies
NAIROBI, Kenya — A tenth critically endangered black rhino has died in Kenya after being moved to a new wildlife park and the sole survivor…Read More Another rhino dies after botched transfer in Kenya
A new study published in the journal Zootaxa hails the discovery of an interesting species of venomous snake living in Australia. The newfound species belongs…Read More Rare Venomous Snake Just Discovered In Australia Could Already Be Facing The Threat Of Extinction
BERLIN — Scientists say they’re several steps closer to perfecting a method that could prevent the extinction of northern white rhinos, of which only two…Read More Scientists create hybrid embryos to save white rhinos