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November 2, 2017 4:00 PM New Orangutan Species Identified in Indonesian Rain Forest

Orangutans are an endangered species, with populations in some areas critically endangered. The new species, Pongo tapanuliensis, or the Tapanuli orangutan, was described as living only in an area of forest about 425 square miles in size. The team researching the Tapanuli orangutan contends that it’s the most endangered of all surviving great apes, with only about 4512

October 30, 2017 2:28 AM Australia's Queensland calls election in test for populist Hanson

The Australian state of Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef, has called a snap election that is set to test support for both the populist party of Pauline Hanson and an environmentally sensitive Indian coal mine project. Campaigning began Monday in the state, a major tourist destination, after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk of the Labor Party set down a poll date of November 201

October 24, 2017 3:50 PM Elephant poaching in Africa falls but ivory seizures up: Study

Elephant poaching in Africa declined for a fifth straight year in 2016 but seizures of illegal ivory hit record highs, the CITES monitor said on Tuesday, calling it a "conflicting phenomena". In its latest report, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species also noted that despite the overall fall in poaching, Africa's elephant population 166

October 24, 2017 12:33 PM Living with Wildlife conference – making Africa sustainable through conservation

The human dimension of wildlife conservation is on the blackboard at a major international conference set for Windhoek early January next year. The conference will bring together in one venue a diverse group of scientists, conservationists, development specialists and other experts whose work incorporate the existential factors of environmental protection 244

October 22, 2017 1:13 PM 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners Show the Beauty and Harsh Reality of the Natural World

The winners of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, run by the UK's Natural History Museum, were selected for their artistic composition, technical innovation, and truthful interpretation of the natural world. Over numerous categories, adult and youth photographers used their cameras to weave a truthful, if sometimes painful, story about 164

October 18, 2017 6:00 PM ‘This is very alarming!’: Flying insects vanish from nature preserves

Not long ago, a lengthy drive on a hot day wouldn't be complete without scraping bug guts off a windshield. But splattered insects have gone the way of the Chevy Nova — you just don't see them on the road like you used to. Biologists call this the windshield phenomenon. It's a symptom, they say, of a vanishing population. “For those of us who look, I think 171

October 12, 2017 9:43 AM Pangolin trade forces Ghana to look at new wildlife laws

Ghana is facing calls to update its laws on wildlife crime after fears the country has become a transit route for the illegal trade in pangolin scales. More than 31,000 kilograms (68,000 pounds) of scales from the nocturnal mammal have been seized across the world this year, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). In May and June, two major 176

October 11, 2017 6:14 PM Chad extends key conservation area in national park

Chad is to boost protection for a key haven for endangered wildlife in the south of the country under an agreement with a conservation group. African Parks is to take over management and protection of a territory of high ecological value that lies around the vast Zakouma National Park in southern Chad. The programme will help beef up security at the Siniaka 147

October 11, 2017 5:04 AM Can an old tracking technique help save the cheetah?

With around 7,000 living in the wild, the number of cheetahs in Africa is declining rapidly. To keep track of them, scientists often use techniques like genotyping, which can be described as a shortcut to acquiring some genetic information. But a group of researchers in Britain have discovered a less intrusive way to know more about the animals. They simply 143

October 10, 2017 1:21 PM South Africa sends 6 black rhinos to Chad, restoring species

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa plans to send six black rhinos to a national park in Chad next year, restoring a critically endangered species that was last seen in the landlocked African country in the late 1980s. The non-profit group African Parks said Tuesday that the rhinos will go to Chad’s Zakouma National Park, which lies south of the Sahara 146