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Lions Face Extinction in West Africa

January 17, 2014 / No Comments

In what is being termed as a "most critical" situation in West Africa, lion populations have been found to be geographically left out from others, and are facing extinction. A new study has revealed that lions in Africa now occupy only 25% of their historical range. West African lions have disappeared from about percent of the range, with just about 400 ...

Efforts On to Save Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs from Extinction

June 17, 2013 / No Comments

The mountain yellow-legged frog currently numbers just around hundred, making it a strong case of extinction-ready species. In a bid to halt the complete wipe out of the amphibian species, the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve saw the creatures being let to roam around in their terrain by the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research last week. The population of ...

African Elephants Face Extinction as Poaching Flourishes

December 21, 2012 / 1 Comment

Jane Goodall, one of the world's greatest conservationists, has made a vehement plea for a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory as she fears that the illegal ivory trade will lead to the extinction of the African elephant. She issued the plea soon after the authorities seized 24 tons of illegal ivory in Malaysia recently. According to her, a massive ...

Future of Rhinos at Stake in South Africa

December 3, 2012 / No Comments

Many measures have been taken to protect Africa's rhinos from extinction. But despite the global push, Africa has lost around 588 rhinos to poaching since the first week of 2012. The killings are feared to touch 600 by the year-end. The insatiable demand for horns in Asia has resulted in rhino poaching in larger numbers. The poachers grab $100 thousand per ...

Arabica Coffee Could Be a Thing of the Past, Thanks to Climate Change

November 12, 2012 / 1 Comment

A cup of coffee may be a luxury in future and will be much more expensive. Before the end of the century, climate change will lead to the possible extinction of wild Arabica beans. A study conducted by the scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,UK, in collaboration with scientists in Ethiopia found out that climate change will pose a threat ...

Climate Change to Trigger Extinction of 900 Bird Species by 2100

March 8, 2012 / No Comments

It has been predicted that by 2100, climate change could cause up to 30 percent of land-bird species to go extinct worldwide. This accounts for about 900 bird species. A study which has brought forth worrisome facts analyses of extinction rates to incorporate the most recent climate change scenarios set forth earlier this year in the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel ...

Scientists Play Cupid to Penguins

February 14, 2011 / No Comments

Scientists at the New England Aquarium are donning the new role of cupids, trying to find out the best mate among African penguins at the aquarium. Scientists are pushing for a collective effort to save a species that researchers predict will be extinct  in 15 years.

17 Florida Panthers Killed in Road Accidents in 2009

January 8, 2010 / No Comments

The Florida panther is getting dangerously close to extinction, with only about 100 of them left in the wild. To make matters worse, just last year 17 of them perished in car accidents, according to Defenders of Wildlife. The number sets a new record - a grim one.

Water Monster, Axoloti, of Mexico City Nears Extinction

November 5, 2008 / 1 Comment

Mexico City's water monster, an Axoloti salamander (Ambystoma mexicanum), is about one foot long (30cm). According to scientists at the Chapultepec Zoo, the monster is about to go extinct because its lake habitat is draining, the water quality is deteriorating and non-native fish species started eating its eggs and larva, and competing for its food. The Muppet-looking critter is also known as ...

Half of World’s Monkeys, Apes Face Extinction

August 11, 2008 / No Comments

The International Gorilla Conservation Program says that almost half of the world's monkeys and apes are feeling the worsening threat of extinction. The causes are deforestation and hunting for meat. I don't get this report. Now, I love the animals as much as the next person. My wife even thinks I am an ape at times, but that's not relevant. ...