Storks and other European birds have been cutting their annual migrations to Africa short by stopping to feed at nearby landfills. Researchers say consuming "junk food" is unhealthy, and when the birds alter their travel plans they disrupt ecosystems both at home and at their winter destinations.
Conservationists urged government officials to impose a year-long hunting ban on leopards in South Africa because the standing of the current population remains unknown.
Alaska yellow-cedar suffers when there is not a lot of snowfall. This could spell trouble for many of the state's iconic trees as climate change reduces snow, exposing vulnerable and shallow roots to freezing temperatures.
Researchers are concerned about U.S. salamanders contracting a deadly skin disease that has caused major die-offs in Europe. As a result, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed 201 salamanders as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act.
The Basking Shark Satellite Tagging Project opened up a new finding: The Sea of the Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland may be a hot spot for basking sharks feeding, breeding and migrating in the summer.
Since the dawn of the 21st century bats, have been dying at an alarming rate. After combing through hundreds of years of data, researchers found humans may be making matters worse by installing wind turbines all over the world. And the spread of white-nosed syndrome across North America is certainly wiping out populations, too.
"Twilight zone" reef fish face numerous threats when diving deep underwater, but those with forked tails may have an advantage: they can swim quietly past predators and evade natural disasters such as cyclones and coral bleaching.
Using camera traps, researchers have learned a little more about elusive bush dogs and their distribution across Panama. This could ultimately help conservationists protect these "near-threatened" animals.
National Park Service biologists recently discovered two mountain lion kittens in the Santa Monica Mountains in California. The pair's mother is thought to be a well-tracked mountain lion designated as P-19, but DNA testing is underway to confirm who their father is. Nonetheless, researchers say this successful birth highlights the habitat quality of the Santa Monica Mountains.
With the help of detection dogs, researchers have located areas within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that may be suitable for grizzly bear habitats. This will allow researchers to better target conservation measures.
Amphibians throughout the world are threatened with extinction due to disease, climate change and habitat loss, among other serious factors. Now, as a kind of New Year resolution, the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) has assigned itself the lofty goal of protecting each and every unique species.
Without revenue from trophy hunting permits, conservation practices in some countries may ultimately be compromised, which could exacerbate biodiversity loss. Rather than banning big game hunting altogether, researchers suggest enforcing stricter regulations.
The recent discover that an endangered population of Killer whales living in the Pacific Northwest preferred eating salmon in summer may lead to improved targeted conservation practices.
A nursery ground for sand tiger sharks was recently discovered in Long Island's Great South Bay. Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium say this find will help them better protect the vulnerable animals.