Recent camera trappings in a national park in Ethiopia reveal a hidden population of up to 200 lions. Researchers say this could be promising for the currently vulnerable species.
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.
When a one-ton giant manta ray with a wingspan of 23 feet was caught last year in gill nets made by Peruvian fisherman, conservationists called for action. These treasured marine creatures are particularly vulnerable to overfishing and bycatch.
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.
Cheetahs migrated to Africa from North America 100,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Following their "big move," populations dwindled and incestuous breeding increased. This troubled linage has had a lasting impact on modern Cheetahs, many of which have difficulty reproducing due to a gene mutation that affects sperm development.
The discovery of a new speies of Malaysian snail has set the world record for tiniest land snail species. The previous record was set early this year by a species discovered in China.
Atlantic puffins, European turtle doves, Slavonian grebes, and pochards are now listed as "vulnerable" species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species for birds. This doubles the number of endangered U.K. birds.
Earlier this month Costa Rican beaches within the Ostional Wildlife Refuge in Guanacaste saw picture-perfect conditions, leading to a great host of olive ridley sea turtles to come ashore to lay their eggs. Unfortunately, a great beach day also attracted tourists and locals alike, many of whom wound up disrupting this crucial nesting time.
Inbreeding among Saltmarsh sparrows and Nelson's sparrows is creating a hybrid zone that is difficult for researchers to identify--and threatening the species with extinction.
The appearance of vultures is traditionally an ill-omen, but not this time. Two breeding pairs of Eurasian black vultures have shown up in southern Portugal, marking the return of this critically endangered species after a whopping four decades away.
A pair of rare Dalmatian pelican chicks recently hatched at the San Diego Zoo, and will be cared for by zoo staff until they are well enough to rejoin their flock.