WASHINGTON — The federal government on Monday pledged $3.2 million to help save the monarch butterfly, the iconic orange-and-black butterfly that can migrate thousands of miles between the U.S. and Mexico each year. In recent years, the species has experienced a 90 percent decline in population, with the lowest recorded population occurring in 2013-2014.
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
In a standoff with a rattlesnake, the California ground squirrel stares down its opponent. It might kick sand at the snake, whipping its fuzzy tail back and forth in a “come and get me” taunt. The snake lounges and the squirrel leaps into the air, twisting its furry body like a ninja. The squirrel successfully dodges the attack and warns fellow squirrels of the snake with its display. Continue reading
Tigers are dying in record numbers in India, mostly due to poaching, the country’s wildlife officials said this week.
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
For the African elephant, poaching has reached crisis levels, according to some advocates. Killed for their magnificent ivory tusks, activists worry that wild elephants could near extinction in a decade. Jeffrey Brown reports from Amboseli National Park in Kenya about the efforts underway to save the species and confront the poaching industry. Continue reading
A region of the Pacific Ocean that is home to thriving colonies of rare and endangered species will be protected as the world’s largest marine preserve, under an executive order by President Obama. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Elliott Norse of the Marine Conservation Institute about the importance of keeping the area undisturbed, as well as its historical precedent. Continue reading
Sixty-eight elephants in one of Africa’s oldest national parks – Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo – have been slaughtered in the past two months by poachers who attack with chain saws, grenades and guns, according to a non-profit group managing the park on Friday. Continue reading