Four whooping crane chicks raised in captivity were brought into the wild over this weekend in continued efforts to bolster the endangered species' numbers.
It's a monarch butterfly jail break. Each year inmates at the Walla Walla Penitentiary in Washington state rear thousands of monarch butterflies and release them as they mature up until early October. That's when the last of these majestic insects should be winging their way down to Mexico, where they will spend their winter among acres of fir trees. This release is part of a Washington State University (WSU) project that "tags" the delicate creatures in order to track their southward progress.
Conservationists have been struggling to determine how to effectively fight off invasive species in our international ports for some time, but now we may finally see notable improvement thanks to a computational analysis of the most at-risk regions. According to a new study, if we focus on a small number of key ports in particular, invasions can be handily managed.
A recent "observe and report" documentary about the incredibly rare Siberian tiger quickly became an all-out rescue mission after a team of conservationists and their camera crew stumbled upon three orphaned cubs. Now that incredible story is finally going to be shown to the public, revealing the mysterious and dangerous world of these dwindling cats.
In the wake of intense drought conditions in California's Central Valley, migratory birds suddenly find themselves without a place to rest and recover before the next leg of their journey. However, conservationists have rented thousands of acres of land, which are then flooded to provided temporary wetlands for these long-distance fliers.
Conservationists have been slapping each other on the back this week after plans to dump five million metric tons of mud into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been cancelled. However, people are now asking where the mud will go, and aren't getting much of an answer.
Researchers have recently developed a new strategy to control pests that have been known to cause extensive damage to crops. By releasing genetically modified variants of wild fruit flies into local populations, experts hope to cull pest numbers without the need for potential harmful insecticides or irradiation.
Pangolins are insect-eating mammals that resemble a cross between an armadillo and an artichoke. However, these unusual critters have recently been identified as exceptionally vulnerable and "critically endangered," largely due to a little known illegal trade that is treating Pangolin meat as a high-end delicacy.
Prairie dogs, which are susceptible to the deadly bubonic plague, may be saved by new social network research that sheds light on previously uncovered relationships between the animals.
State and federal wildlife officials announced earlier this week that they have a plan to facilitate a return of the king - the Chinook salmon - to California waters, despite permanent damages to river-runs inflicted by the building of several massive dams.
Researchers recently found that Maine's only native rabbit, the New England Cottontail, has been slowly disappearing over the past decade. Now experts are fighting to restore this endangered species' habitat, an action that they believe will keep the rabbits around for years to come.
Pig farmers are claiming that if we want to preserve hog diversity, we will have to just develop a bigger appetite for them. The Red Wattle Hog is one type of pig that is on the brink of extinction in the United States, and ironically, to save them, people will have to start eating them.
Some animal rights activists are currently calling for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to pull down hunting enthusiast Kendall Jones's facebook page - a page that depicts the 19-year-old hunting and killing wild animals in Africa. Another petition wants the girl banned from the continent of Africa entirely. However, Kendall and her supporters claim the kills are part of legal and beneficial "green hunts" and are actually helping conservation of certain species.
A new study warns that Asian carp may actually be able to breed in more places than previously thought possible.
Delegates at an internal conservationist meeting in Bangkok this week have voted to clamp down on the shark trade used primarily for the infamous shark fin soup popular in Asia, and added five shark species to a protected list in efforts to save them from being wiped out by overfishing.