animals
Oh My God, Check Out This Amazing Baby Gorilla

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo celebrated the birth of a male baby western lowland gorilla this weekend—the first time in nine years that staff at the zoo have managed to get the critically endangered species to breed in captivity, the institution wrote in a blog post. Read More >>

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Africa’s Elusive Forest Elephants Are Being Poached at a Staggering Rate

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The population of forest elephants in Gabon’s Minkébé National Park—one of Central Africa’s largest and most important nature preserves—has declined by a whopping 81.5 per cent since 2004 due to poaching. It’s considered a major setback for the preservation of this endangered species, of which less than 100,000 remain in the wild. Read More >>

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After Population Plunge, Once Common Bumble Bee Officially Listed as Endangered

The noble and rare rusty-patched bumble bee is officially endangered. A once common bee that inhabited 28 US states, the rusty-patched bumble has become the first bee from the continental United States to be added to the endangered species list. Read More >>

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Treasure Trove of Newly Discovered Species Includes a Newt That Looks Like a Klingon (Ish)

Biologists working in the Greater Mekong area have identified a staggering 163 new species, including a horned lizard, a rainbow-headed snake dubbed “Ziggy Stardust,” and a newt that looks like a Klingon from Star Trek. Sort of. Read More >>

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Eastern Lowland Gorillas Are Now Critically Endangered Thanks to Your Stupid Phone

The eastern lowland gorilla—the largest member of the great ape family—is now officially listed as a critically endangered species, according to data presented today by conservationists. These iconic apes have been in steady decline since the 1990s, the indirect result of our insatiable desire for mobile phones and other technological gadgets. Read More >>

science
Scientists Baffled as Hundreds of Dead Horseshoe Crabs Wash Ashore in Japan

Horseshoe crabs are known as “living fossils” and for good reason. The blue-blooded, side-walking arthropods have been around for 200 million years, surviving the last five mass extinctions. But something appears to be wrong as hundreds of dead horseshoe crabs have recently washed ashore in southern Japan, leaving scientists confounded. Read More >>

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Jerks Are Selling Endangered Species on Facebook

Gibbons, langurs, otters, sun bears. Those are just some of the hundreds of live animals listed for sale on Facebook in Malaysia. Many of them are vulnerable species, some of them critically endangered. Read More >>

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Hawaii’s Using Lasers to Scare Endangered Birds Away From Power Lines

Hawaii has a bird problem. They keep crashing into power lines and dying. While that's not so grim when pigeons are involved, the situation gets more serious when the birds are endangered. And many of the species in Hawaii are. That's why they're busting out the lasers. Read More >>

environment
South Korea is Building a Series of Biodomes for Endangered Species

Planet Earth is falling apart. It sounds a bit dramatic when you put it in such stark terms, but, in many ways, it's true. The list of endangered species grows every year as humans bulldoze more habitats and belch more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. What's an environmentalist to do? Read More >>

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Icelandic Innovators are Making Beer out of Whales

These days brewers get pretty creative with what they put in their beer. You can get beer containing anything from doughnuts to moon dust. And, wacky as it is, weird beer is a pretty fun conversation starter. That is, until you start putting endangered species in it. Read More >>

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Some Good Things Drones Can (Actually) Do

While everyone is freaking out about Amazon's plan to unleash an army of delivery drones on the world, it's important to remember that these flying robots can do much more than just move packages. Read More >>

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A Man Was Caught Smuggling Almost 14 Percent of an Entire Species

Last week at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok authorities arrested a Thai man after discovering 54 Ploughshare Tortoises in a suitcase he retrieved from a luggage carousel. That's a lot of tortoises, particularly when you consider that the Ploughshare is one of the rarest species on the planet, numbering just 400 around the world. Read More >>

health
Panda Blood Might Contain a Secret Weapon For Battling Superbugs

Conservationists have long been working to prevent pandas from going extinct. And their efforts might now have a renewed focus as researchers from the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University have discovered an antibody in panda blood that's extremely effective at killing fungus and bacteria. Read More >>

science
The Drastic Plan to Save the Spotted Owl By Massacring Other Owls and Trees

As efforts to save the spotted owl seem to be failing in the US, the government is getting ready to try some experimental forestry to keep the species alive. Apparently the scientific approach is to hunt down the owl's competition and let the loggers in. In other words: There are some hard times ahead for the barred owl. Read More >>

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Rare Arctic Panda Seal Visits Seattle Woman’s Dock

OK it's not really called a panda seal. But it should be! It's actually a ribbon seal, and it seems to have taken a wrong turn and paused for a nap on the dock of a Seattle-woman's riverside home. Read More >>