The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration will soon decide whether to put a killer whale named Lolita who has been dubbed “the world’s loneliest orca” on the endangered species list. Researchers disagree over whether to give her that protection since she’ll most likely be released into the wild. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading
The Great Elephant census, an ambitious two-year initiative funded by an American philanthropist for $7 million, aims to count all of the elephants on the continent of Africa in order to save the species through conservation efforts. But as elephant numbers continue dwindle across the continent, due in large part to poaching, researchers — already faced with a herculean task and countries resistant to join the census — must first establish how many they are trying to save. NewsHour’s Martin Seemungal reports. Continue reading
Every year, millions of North American monarch butterflies head south for the winter — but recently their numbers have plummeted by up to 90 percent. In Washington, responding to a petition submitted
by conservation organizations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced a year-long review that could mean the the butterflies are placed on the Endangered Species List. Continue reading
New research shows that African giraffe populations have decreased by 40 percent over the last 15 years, pushing the world’s tallest animal closer to extinction. Continue reading
Tigers are dying in record numbers in India, mostly due to poaching, the country’s wildlife officials said this week.
Manatees are the slow, lumbering, gentle giants of the aquatic ecosystem. Every November, they make their way to Florida’s warmer waters for the winter marking Manatee Awareness Month. Celebrate by learning eight facts about the gentle sea cows. Continue reading
Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo is the spectacular home to the only mountain gorillas left on the planet, and many other types of wildlife. A new documentary tells the story of a group of rangers working to protect the park from threats of civil war, poachers and oil exploration. Jeffrey Brown interviews filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel.
The African lion population is shrinking due to habitat loss, lack of prey and violent contact with humans, including trophy hunting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that these animals be listed as a threatened species. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Jeff Flocken of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Continue reading
Climate change isn’t just a problem for rare species. This threat, coupled with habitat loss and other environmental threats, is putting a number of common species at risk. By focusing on landscape-scale, or large-scale, efforts, conservationists aim to thwart further decline of most species, common and rare. Continue reading