Latest Endangered and extinct species News

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...

Government suggests taking Key deer off endangered list

Aug. 14, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The federal government is proposing to strip the tiny Key deer of its endangered species status despite what environmentalists say are continuing threats to the animal due to development in the Florida Keys, its only known habitat. The deer is America's smallest, growing to about 30 inches (76...

Federal agency to consider protections for lake sturgeon

Aug. 14, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal regulators said Wednesday they will consider extending legal protections to lake sturgeon — prehistoric fish once abundant in the Great Lakes but reduced to dangerously low numbers by overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Rare Amur leopard cubs go on view at zoo; no names yet

Aug. 14, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Visitors may now get a look at two rare leopard cubs at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. Onondaga (ah-nahn-DAH'-gah) County Executive Ryan McMahon announced that the little Amur (ah-MOOR') leopards made their public debut Wednesday. The male and female cubs gradually...

Monarch symbol of species in crisis as US protections shrink

Aug. 14, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and exclaims,...

Scientists say monster penguin once swam New Zealand oceans

Aug. 14, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Scientists in New Zealand said Wednesday they've found fossilized bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of an adult human and swam the oceans some 60 million years ago. They said the previously undiscovered species is believed to have stood about 1.6...

The Latest: States vow suit over endangered species rollback

Aug. 13, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's changes to the Endangered Species Act (all times local): 3:20 p.m. California and Massachusetts say they'll go to court to fight the Trump administration's overhaul of the Endangered Species Act. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and...

Sage grouse numbers continue to drop in Idaho

Aug. 12, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's sage grouse population has dropped 52% since the federal government decided not to list the birds as an endangered species in the fall of 2015. It's not yet clear whether the three-year decline is part of a cyclical pattern or indicative of a more serious issue, but the Idaho...

US government weakens application of Endangered Species Act

Aug. 12, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved on Monday to weaken how it applies the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act, ordering changes that critics said will speed the loss of animals and plants at a time of record global extinctions . The action, which expands the administration's rewrite of U.S....

Trump administration overhauls endangered species protections in what critics call a major rollback

Aug. 12, 2019 11:04 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration overhauls endangered species protections in what critics call a major rollback.