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
Climate change and resulting rising sea levels threaten a number of dwindling species in the San Francisco Bay Area. A new restoration project transforms industrial salt ponds into thriving marshland habitats to provide a new home for rodents, birds and fish. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports on another benefit: increased flood protection for human residents. Continue reading
Sunday is World Lion Day, designed to bring awareness of the species teetering on the brink of extinction and inspire conservation efforts around the globe. Continue reading
According to new research published in the journal Science this week, plant and animal extinctions are happening at a rate one thousand times greater than before humans walked the Earth. Stuart Pimm of Duke University joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss how extinction rates are determined and what can be done to help set conservation priorities. Continue reading
Officials at South Africa’s Kruger National Park have reported the first case of elephant poaching in the park in over a decade. The male elephant’s corpse, stripped of its tusks, was found near the border with Mozambique. Continue reading