It turns out that New Zealand's famed little blue penguins are actually Australian natives. A recent study concluded that New Zealand's native penguisn species was replaced by these interlopers between 1500 and 1900 AD.
"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.
With only three northern white rhinoceroses left on Earth, experts plan to use stem cells to revive the species before they go extinct.
Two species of sea snakes previously thought to be extinct were recently spotted Off the coast Of Western Australia. Scientists from James Cook University suggest that there may still be time to save these species.
The extinction of large fruit-eating animals from tropical rainforests could make climate change worse. Researchers suggest refocusing conservation efforts to ensure these animals are around to disperse trees’ seeds and promote growth in these essential carbon sinks.
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.
More than 90 percent of the world's migrating birds suffer from habitat loss along their long and remarkable journeys, so researchers are calling for increased collaborative and international efforts.
The same fungus that caused beloved Gros Michel bananas to go extinct in the 1960s may soon wipe out Cavendish varieties, too.
What does "wilderness" mean? Is there a reason, in all cases, to try to bring back or shore up threatened species? To what are we bringing them back? Author M.R. O'Connor asked these and other questions while looking at the humans and animals involved in pretty significant conservation stories, including that of the Northern Right Whale, a yellow toad whose habitat is under a Tanzanian waterfall, and the White Rhino.
"Large herbivores are not merely victims of the circumstances they live in, but actively engineer their environment," said Liesbeth Bakker, lead author of the study from the Netherlands Institute of Ecology.
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.
Animals' poop plays a key role in keeping the planet fertile. However, when large animals go extinct the natural cycling of nutrients from deep ocean waters to high mountainous areas is significantly reduced, researchers revealed in a new study.
African elephants are the leading cause behind the tree-density loss in Kruger National Park. A new study sheds light on how conservationists can maintain sustainable preserves while reducing the effects of the growing number of tree-eating elephants.
Caucasian Parsley Frogs (Pelodytes punctatus) feed on insects breeding in the feces of bats in remote limestone caves near Russia, researchers discovered. Their study sheds light on the importance of species conservation.