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The population of the world’s largest primate – a gorilla subspecies that lives in a region of Central Africa beset by conflict – is collapsing. Back in 1998, a team of researchers estimated that 17,000 Grauer’s gorillas, also known as eastern lowland gorillas, lived in the forests of eastern Democ...
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It’s estimated that there are as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild — that’s nearly a 97 percent loss in wild tigers over just a century. There are three main reasons for the troubling decline: trophy hunting, a loss of prey species and habitat loss due to human encroachment and la...
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The institute’s report said 333 minke whales were captured, including pregnant females. Japan’s actions are in defiance of international criticism and despite a 2014 UN legal decision that ruled so-called scientific whaling activity in the Southern Ocean was a front for commercial hunts. The ...
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Ecotourism can provide the critical difference between survival and extinction for endangered animals, according to new research from Griffith University. Using population viability modelling, the Griffith team of Professor Ralf Buckley, Dr Guy Castley and Dr Clare Morrison has developed a method t...
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Scientists have long known that birds are feeling the heat due to climate change. However, a new study of a dozen affected species in the Western Cape suggests their decline is more complex than previously thought -- and in some cases more serious. According to the study, published in Conser...
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Leading conservation charity World Animal Protection has renewed its plea for the tourism industry to put an end to abusive elephant rides and shows, calling on leading travel brands to join the growing list of companies who are opposed to the practice. Making the call on World Anima...
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It’s World Animal Day!  Like we needed an excuse to celebrate the amazing creatures that walk the earth. But what exactly is World Animal Day about? Put simply, it’s ‘to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.’ Wonderful. Here are 9 things y...
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than a quarter million sockeye salmon returning from the ocean to spawn are either dead or dying in the Columbia River and its tributaries due to warming water temperatures. Federal and state fisheries biologists say the warm water is lethal for the cold-water species and i...
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“I was shocked and outraged to hear the story of Cecil, Zimbabwe’s much loved lion. Not only is it incomprehensible to me that anyone would want to kill an endangered animal (fewer than 20,000 wild lions in Africa today) but to lure Cecil from the safety of a national park and then to shoot him with...
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Pangolins are one of the planet's most unique and adorable species. The scaly, anteater-like creatures live in parts of Asia and Africa, and there's an entire task forcededicated to their protection. A popular Pokemon character, Sandslash, was even based on these "artichokes on legs." And...
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SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) may face legal action from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after the organization claimed that one of the company's employees participated in several protests using a bogus name. PETA has accused the Orlando, Florida, theme park operator of mistr...
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Life has suddenly gotten easier for the sardine. Federal regulators are not only closing the commercial sardine fishing season early in Oregon, Washington and California, but it will stay closed for more than a year. The decision to shut down the sardine harvest is an effort to build up depleted st...
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Beekeepers across the country report almost a quarter of the estimated 2.4 million commercial colonies have been lost since fall 2006. Colony failure is not unusual year-to-year. Food shortages, weather, pesticide exposures and infestations by pests wipe out significant numbers of colonies every ye...
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The past five mass extinctions on Earth were caused by large-scale natural disasters like meteors or enormous chains of volcanic eruptions, wiping out between half and 96% of all living species. But the modern mass extinction isn't being caused by a freak act of nature, the researchers say. It's be...
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The Faroe Islands, a North Atlantic archipelago, have put a new twist on the phrase “If you see something, say something.” But it has nothing to do with terrorism. In June, the parliament of the Faroes, an autonomous region owned by Denmark, approved a measure mandating that tourists report sightin...
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The bee: a small insect with a flair for architecture, a sweet harvest and a colossal influence on our lives. It turns out we’ve been taking them a bit for granted. Up until recently, few of us understood the role they play in the running of our planet’s biosphere. That is about to change, if it has...
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BY ELIZABETH PIERSON MAR 19, 2015 More than 1,100 baby sea lions have washed ashore on California's beaches in the past two months. Some believe the sea lions are victims of the warming coastal waters, which are two to six degrees Fahrenheit above average. NOAA scientists say an El Niño climate p...
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It has been about a decade since beekeepers and scientists began documenting a decline in honeybee populations and other important pollinators. Even if you're not a lover of bees or honey, you should know that bees are critically important to our food supply. They help pollinate billions of dollars...
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In today’s guest blog for EIA, Save Wild Tigers founder Simon Clinton talks about his abiding passion for the endangered big cats and lifts the lid on several unique fundraising events his initiative has in store throughout the year. I was recently asked, in a live radio interview in Kuala Lumpur w...
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The environmental impacts associated with large scale dams often have significant negative impacts on the environment. The Three Gorges Dam is no different. The creation of the dam and associated reservoir has impacts both upstream from the dam and downstream. It affects species in the area, some en...
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