Unlike their human counterparts in California, Monarch butterflies are actually benefitting from the longstanding drought – more specifically, they're thriving on drought-tolerant milkweed which homeowners are planting to replace more thirsty lawns.
In a controversial move, up to 10 Mexican gray wolves (El Lobo) will be released in 2016 by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The species numbers approximately 109 in two states, Arizona and New Mexico. Advocates say that unless numbers increase, inbreeding will cause fewer pups to grow healthily or to full term.
Thanks to conservation efforts, endangered Sonoran desert tortoise populations have rebounded, and will be removed from the list of federally protected species.
Fragmented habitat and the fear of humans are the threats against the Massasauga rattlesnake, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed as a Threatened Species under the Endangered Species Act.
A sea otter living at the Seattle Aquarium was recently diagnosed with asthma and is now learning how to use an inhaler.
After 25 adult and pup walrus were found decapitated along a beach in Alaska – some shot and some with their penis bones missing – authorities are suspecting ivory poachers are to blame. Walrus are often hunted illegally for their long ivory tusks and prized oosiks (penis bones).
Of the numerous ornamental plants illegally sold in Southeast Asia, over 80 percent are wild orchids. Researchers from the National University of Singapore strongly suggest enforcing restrictions to preserve the country's botanical diversity.
Golden eagles and wind turbines can now live in harmony since researchers found less threatening, and potentially more abundant, locations for this renewable energy to be collected.
Learn more about the brain of a fish--or a threatened white-tailed deer--and log information about endangered species for scientists, next fishing trip?
A postage-stamped size pollinator with silvery blue wings, first found by Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov, the Karner blue is benefiting from habitat restoration and other programs. What's it take to bring back a species?