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.
West Indian manatees have rebounded in Florida, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to downlist the species from endangered to threatened.
A pack of rats recently killed 14 orange-bellied parrots housed at a captive breeding facility in Tasmania. These birds are part of a national recovery program working to replenish the species' dwindling population.
A second form of contagious cancer has been found in eight Tasmanian devils across southeastern Tasmania. This makes researchers question the rarity of transmissible cancers.
Although fish biomass is often used to evaluate the effectiveness of conservation efforts, a new study suggests the metric doesn't provide the whole story. As a result, researchers are calling for the establihsment and maintenance of larger, more permanent "protected areas" for marine life to thrive.
A fungal disease known as rapid ohia death has killed hundreds of thousands of Hawaii's iconic, native ohia lehua trees. Researchers have teamed up to create a treatment to prevent this deadly disease from spreading further across the state.
New computer models suggest over 320,000 juvenile sea turtles from populations throughout the Atlantic Ocean were largely impacted by the 87-day oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
When snow finally makes a smooth palette for finding rare gray wolves' pawprints, Washington state biologists find it easiest to track them. The end of the year is the biggest time for measuring the endangered wolves' numbers.
The eruption of Ecuador's Cotopaxi Volcano has put Quito rocket frogs at risk of extinction. To help scientists save these iconic frogs, the Amphibian Survival Alliance has launched an adopt-a-tadpole campaign.
Parasitic nest flies threaten Darwin's finches of the Galapagos Islands. Based on a recent study, however, researchers from the University of Utah suggest human intervention could help save these iconic birds.
Bycatch threatens several species of dolphins and porpoises with extinction. To mitigate the effects of accidental catches, Mexican authorities have instated an emergency two-year ban on gillnetting.
Giants pandas give birth to more cubs when they are able to choose their mates, a new study revealed. This may help conservationists better protect these endangered animals.
The federally endangered snail kite seeks out homes that similar to its birthplace, according to new study. But this puts the birds at an increased risk of predation.
A Minnesota wildlife "farm" that charges admission to visit fur-bearing animals that include Gray Wolves has been threatened with a lawsuit by a protection organization. That organization, Animal Legal Defense Fund, says the farm has been noted for its stench and is skinning the adult wolves.