While the gentle sea cows have escaped their endangered status, they are still classified as threatened, which means that they are no longer thought to be in imminent danger of extinction.
When shown pictures of an unfamiliar human with a threatening facial expression, horses become stressed and view the image using their left eye. While similar behaviors have been documented in domestic cats and dogs, this is the first time researchers have found horses can interpret the different emotions of their handlers, too.
While evolving with specialized defenses has helped animals escape predation, long-term risks need to be considered. The simple act of camouflage or mimicry, which sufficiently confuses prey, doesn't seem to have backfired, but the use of chemical defenses has. In fact, some amphibians that release lethal toxins to kill predators are now at a higher risk of extinction.
Low hanging powerline endanger wild elephants. During a recent flood in Kaziranga national park a herd was trying to move to higher ground when one of their members was electrocuted to death.
Humpback whales can now breathe a heavy sigh of relief because as of Monday, most of these iconic mammals are no longer endangered, federal officials announced.
In light of their falling numbers, the northern spotted owl may soon gain more protections, federal biologists announced Wednesday.
Australia's mammals are going extinct at an alarming rate, and voracious feral cats and foxes are to blame, according to new research.