endangered species

While some African elephants parade across the savanna and thrill tourists on safari, others are more discreet. They stay hidden in the forests, eating fruit. “You feel pretty lucky when you catch sight...

The Tasmanian tiger is still extinct. Reports of its enduring survival are greatly exaggerated. Known officially to science as a thylacine, the large marsupial predators, which looked more like wild dogs...

Last year, Ben Novak drove across the country to spend New Year’s Eve with a black-footed ferret. Elizabeth Ann had just turned 21 days old — surely a milestone for any ferret but a particularly meaningful...

Take one look at a ghost shark and you may say, “What’s up with that weird-looking fish?” Over the past few decades, scientists learned that these cartilaginous fishes, also known as ratfish or Chimaeras,...

The conservationist Norman Myers drew public attention to mass extinction, disappearing habitats and environmental refugees long before they became common topics in the news and the cause of angst for...

The skies are emptying out. The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970, scientists reported on Thursday. There are 2.9 billion fewer birds taking wing now than...

With a handful of oocytes and a collection of frozen sperm, an international team of scientists is racing against the clock to ensure that the only two northern white rhinoceroses left on the planet —...

Giraffes are a threatened species and many of their populations are endangered and declining. But until now, no international regulations governed their trade. On Thursday, at a conference in Geneva,...

Six to eight million years ago, a snake related to swamp snakes or tiger snakes slithered into the sea. Over evolutionary time, descendants of that snake developed flattened paddle tails, an ability to...

In a rare bit of good news for North Atlantic right whales, a third newborn calf was spotted last Thursday, and the breeding season isn’t half over. Last year, no new animals were born in a population...

In a heartbreaking display of maternal grief, an endangered killer whale swam off the coast of the Pacific Northwest with her dead calf for more than three days. The mama whale, dubbed J35, is one of a...

A new study published in the journal Zootaxa hails the discovery of an interesting species of venomous snake living in Australia. The newfound species belongs to the genus Vermicella, also known as bandy-bandy...

Whale sharks, the largest of the shark species, can live up to 130 years and grow longer than scientists once thought, a recent study found. Scientists at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy...