Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Agency agrees to designate habitat for threatened ice seals

Nov. 25, 2019 8:16 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency will decide by September how much ocean and coast in northern Alaska will be designated as critical habitat for two ice seal species. The Center for Biological Diversity announced Monday it had reached an agreement with the Commerce Department for the Trump...

Officials say Nashville crayfish no longer endangered

Nov. 25, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal officials are proposing removing the Nashville crayfish from the endangered species list. A news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says a review has found the crayfish populations are “healthy, stable and robust.” The 7-inch (18-centimeter)...

Germany probing if navy demining operation killed porpoises

Nov. 25, 2019 9:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say they are investigating whether the deaths of 18 porpoises in the Baltic Sea is connected to a navy demining operation earlier this year. A spokesman for Germany’s Defense Ministry said Monday that “so far no direct link has been established” between...

Sumatran rhino is extinct in Malaysia as lone survivor dies

Nov. 23, 2019 10:05 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia, after the last of the species in the country succumbed to cancer. The Wildlife Department in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island said the rhino, named Iman, died of natural causes Saturday due to shock in her system. She...

The search is on for a red panda that escaped a French zoo

Nov. 21, 2019 11:25 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A search is on for a red panda that broke out of a zoo in the Rhone region of southeastern France. Officials at the Saint-Martin-la-Plaine Zoo said the endangered animal was last seen 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the park by a surprised motorist. The park said the panda escaped last Friday by...

2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt

Nov. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because climate change is melting away the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on, U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday. The western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly found in the northern...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...

Arizona’s tiny desert owl has new chance for protection

Nov. 15, 2019 12:33 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental groups say a tiny desert owl that makes its nest inside cavities of Arizona’s saguaro cactus has a new chance for federal protection. The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Aug. 5, 2021, deadline is set for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

Nov. 12, 2019 12:10 AM EST

XINING, China (AP) — There's a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world's last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags — a traditional landscape blessing — are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the illuminated signs of...

Nevada reviews possible mining threat to unique wildflower

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada is launching a comprehensive review of the status of a desert wildflower that isn't known to exist anywhere else in the world because of concerns about potential effects from new mining exploration. The move comes after the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump...