Latest Endangered and extinct species News

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, female northern white rhinos Fatu, right, and Najin, left, the last two northern white rhinos on the planet, are fed some carrots by a ranger in their enclosure at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in Kenya. Although scientists have long focused on the world’s predators, a massive new study finds that herbivores, critters that eat plants, are the animals most at risk of extinction. A bit more than one in four species of herbivores are considered threatened, endangered or vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s scientific authority on extinction risk, according to a study published Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in the journal Science Advances. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Not easy eating green: Herbivores most at extinction risk

Aug. 5, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

Although scientists often worry most about the loss of the world’s predators, a comprehensive new study finds that plant-eating herbivores are the animals most at risk of extinction. About one in four species of herbivores, 25.5%, are considered threatened, endangered or vulnerable by the International...

This photo provided by the Center for Biological Diversity shows Tiehm's buckwheat blooming at Rhyolite Ridge in the Silver Peak Range of Western Nevada on June 1, 2019. A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes the rare desert wildflower at the Nevada site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, a move that could jeopardize the project, new documents show. (Patrick Donnelly/Center for Biological Diversity via AP)

AP Exclusive: Rare wildflower could jeopardize lithium mine

Aug. 4, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A botanist hired by a company planning to mine one of the most promising deposits of lithium in the world believes a rare desert wildflower at the Nevada site should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, a move that could jeopardize the project, new documents show. The unusually...

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore.. The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water can be declared as

US officials seek limits on "habitat" for imperiled species

Jul. 31, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water areas can be declared as “habitat” for imperiled plants and animals — potentially excluding locations that species could use in the future as climate change upends ecosystems. An administration...

FILE - In this March 23, 2018 file photo, a whooping crane, a critically endangered species, flies over a crawfish pond in Jefferson Davis Parish, La. A man who admitted that he and a juvenile shot and killed two whooping cranes in 2016 must pay $85,000 and cannot hunt until he completes 360 hours of public service. The sentence given Thursday, July 30, 2020 to Kaenon Constantin of Rayne is the toughest ever in Louisiana for a crime involving one of the endangered birds, the International Crane Foundation said in a news release.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge orders man to pay $85K in deaths of 2 whooping cranes

Jul. 31, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A man who admitted that he and a juvenile shot and killed two whooping cranes in 2016 must pay $85,000 and cannot hunt until he completes 360 hours of public service. The sentence given Thursday to Kaenon Constantin of Rayne is the toughest ever in Louisiana for a crime involving one...

In this photo provided by the Tierpark Zoo in Berlin, Thursday July 30, 2020, shows a red panda cub. The little cub was first discovered on June 6 in its mother's cave only a few months after its parents were brought to the German capital from the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in India. (Tierpark Berlin via AP)

Red panda born in Berlin as part of global breeding program

Jul. 30, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A rare red panda has been born at a Berlin zoo, only a few months after its parents were brought to the German capital from India, the zoo said in a statement Thursday. The little cub was first discovered on June 6 in its mother's cave at the Tierpark Zoo and it is now the size of a guinea...

Orca who carried her dead calf for 1,000 miles is pregnant

Jul. 27, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An orca known as Tahlequah, who raised worldwide concern when she carried her dead calf for 17 days and more than 1,000 miles almost two years ago, is pregnant, scientists said. Scientists John Durban, senior scientist of Southall Environmental Associates and Holly Fearnbach, marine mammal...

FILE - In this Aug 25, 2019, file photo, a conservationist holds up a Central Vietnamese flowerback box turtle (Bourret's box turtle) at a sanctuary in Cuc Phuong national park in Ninh Binh province, Vietnam. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Thursday signed a directive to ban wildlife imports and closes illegal wildlife markets as a response to the thread of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh, File)

Vietnam bans wildlife imports, markets amid new health fears

Jul. 25, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam announced Friday that it was banning wildlife imports and would close wildlife markets in response to renewed concerns about the threat from diseases that can jump from animals to humans, such as the virus that causes COVID-19. An order signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan...

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, a series of greenhouses are pictured at the University of Nevada, Reno, where a rare desert wildflower is growing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there's enough scientific evidence that two rare plants in Nevada's desert could go extinct to warrant a year-long review of whether to list them as U.S. endangered species, including one at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium mine. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

US mulls endangered status for Nevada plant in mine fight

Jul. 24, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there’s enough scientific evidence that two rare plants in Nevada’s desert could go extinct to warrant a year-long review of whether to list them as endangered species, including one at the center of a fight over a proposed lithium...

In this undated handout photo provided by the Wroclaw zoo, a little tiger is pictured at the zoo in Wroclaw, Poland. The 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is getting to know the world and learning to hunt from her mother at a zoo in southwestern Poland, the first such cub born there in 20 years. The as-yet-unnamed cub was born May 23 as her mother Nuri’s first offspring and the authorities at the Wroclaw Zoo are overjoyed that the mother is taking very good care of her. (Wroclaw Zoo via AP)

Sumatran tiger cub learns to hunt from mother at Poland zoo

Jul. 23, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is getting to know the world and learning to hunt from her mother at a zoo in southwestern Poland, the first such cub born there in 20 years. The as-yet-unnamed female cub was born May 23 as her mother Nuri’s first offspring and the authorities...

Groups petition for southeast Alaska wolf protections

Jul. 15, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Conservation groups asked the federal government Wednesday to provide Endangered Species Act protections to a southeast Alaska wolf population they say is under threat from factors including the loss of habitat and hunting and trapping. The Center for Biological Diversity, Alaska...