There are less than 100 Javan green magpies remaining in the wild and captivity. Experts at Chester Zoo have taken in 12 individuals as a desperate final attempt to save them from extinction.
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.
The whale shark, a gigantic but docile and toothless fish that hums around warm oceans with its mouth wide open at times, has a secret: How to thrive on tiny, tiny nutritional bits. It is still hunted in some areas, but is considered a vulnerable species.