Latest Endangered and extinct species News

Tortoise feared extinct found on remote Galapagos island

Feb. 20, 2019 7:26 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina. An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a joint...

China backs Tanzania prison sentence for 'ivory queen'

Feb. 20, 2019 4:45 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it backs Tanzania's sentencing of a Chinese woman labeled the "ivory queen" to 15 years in jail for smuggling elephant tusks, and reaffirmed its opposition to trading in endangered species. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China supports the Tanzanian...

Rare owls thrive in ghost town near Los Angeles airport

Feb. 17, 2019 5:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Among the raptors are...

South African activists try to protect endangered pangolins

Feb. 16, 2019 10:15 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As World Pangolin Day is marked around the globe, Saturday, some conservationists in South Africa are working to protect the endangered animals, including caring for a few that have been rescued from traffickers. The eighth annual pangolin day is celebrated to raise awareness about the...

AP PHOTOS: Scientists fine-tune method to save rhinos

Feb. 15, 2019 2:03 AM EST

CHORZOW, Poland (AP) — Only two northern white rhinos exist in the world: both are female and neither can bear calves. But scientists have not given up hope of saving the species from extinction. They succeeded last year in creating hybrid embryos using frozen northern white rhino sperm and eggs from a...

Groups to sue US agency over loss of caribou herd

Feb. 13, 2019 3:45 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental groups said Wednesday they plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to prevent the recent loss of the last herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 states. The handful of remaining animals were relocated into Canada last November, ending decades of...

Rare tiger killed in UK safari park; 2nd to die in past week

Feb. 13, 2019 5:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — An English safari park says a rare Amur tiger has been killed in a fight with two other tigers. Longleat Safari Park said Wednesday that female tiger Shouri died in a fight Tuesday after she entered an enclosure where a pair of mating tigers was being kept. Officials say an investigation has...

The Latest: Canada also offering new right whale protections

Feb. 7, 2019 1:29 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on new efforts to protect endangered right whales (all times local): 1:20 p.m. The Canadian government is offering new measures to try to protect endangered whales in the wake of the announcement of a similar effort by American fisheries managers. Fisheries and Oceans...

US prepares to start building portion of Texas border wall

Feb. 4, 2019 4:11 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property. Heavy construction equipment was expected to arrive starting Monday, U.S. Customs and Border...

Rare tiger gets acquainted with new home at London Zoo

Feb. 2, 2019 1:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A rare Sumatran tiger is getting acquainted with his new home after arriving at the London Zoo this week. Asim, from Ree Park Safari in Denmark, was moved to the zoo Tuesday as a new mate for its resident female, 10-year-old Melati. The zoo's head tiger keeper, Kathryn Sanders, says "Asim is...