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The Disappearing Songs of Hawaii’s Endangered Native Birds 29.2.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Undark and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. The sounds of Kauai’s forests are changing. Thirty years ago, David Kuhn could hear a dawn chorus and identify the many different birds that lived on the Hawaiian island. But more recently, Kuhn, a wildlife recordist based on […]
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Where to see California condors in the wild 6.9.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Southern California places where you can watch these big birds, which were brought back from the brink of extinction

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Meet the 'rock star' frog breeder vying to save Southern California's rarest amphibian 15.8.2019 LA Times: Environment

Ian Recchio runs the 'Frog Shack" at the L.A. Zoo, where biologists are racing against time to breed and reintroduce endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs.

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Saving Salamanders: Vital to Ecosystem Health 15.12.2017 Environmental News Network
Amphibians—the big-eyed, swimming-crawling-jumping-climbing group of water and land animals that includes frogs, toads, salamanders and worm-like caecilians—are the world’s most endangered vertebrates. One-third of the planet’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Now, these vulnerable creatures are facing a new foe: the Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) fungus, which is the source of an emerging amphibian disease that caused the die-off of wild European salamander populations.
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Trump team relaxes land-use rules for saving sage grouse, opening more of the West for fossil fuels development 8.8.2017 Denver Post: Business
Trump administration officials on Monday advanced an overhaul of land-use rules aimed at opening more of the West to fossil-fuels development, shifting the nation's strategy for saving imperiled sage grouse away from protecting habitat.
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NY: Endangered Karner blue butterfly exceeds recovery goals 21.7.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Karner blue butterfly has exceeded recovery goals in the rare New York habitat where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov in the 1940s, officials announced Thursday. The butterfly, federally listed as endangered 25 years ago, is doing well in the sandy pine barrens west of Albany, the Albany […]
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Can a new killer whale attraction help rescue SeaWorld? 26.5.2017 LA Times: Business

A symphonic score fills the former Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld, the tempo building suspense as footage of an icy landscape in Antarctica moves across a 140-foot-wide screen.

A little off cue, an 8,000-pound orca named Keet appears, speeding along the perimeter of the pool as waves crash over where...

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SeaWorld Exploits Orca's Pregnancy, Despite Outcry Over Captive Breeding 3.5.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Under pressure from activists and in anticipation of a California state ban against the inhumane practice of keeping and breeding orcas in captivity, SeaWorld announced an end to the practice. However, that has not stopped SeaWorld from exploiting what it calls the last captive birth of an orca with a livestream featuring the pregnant Takara. Visitors look at orca whales at SeaWorld in San Diego, July 17, 2013. (Photo: Sandy Huffaker / The New York Times) April the Giraffe -- a giraffe at the Animal Adventure Park in upstate New York -- gave birth to a baby calf on April 15, completing weeks of a live stream from the zoo. Toys R Us sponsored the live feed, which  attracted  millions of viewers, brought in thousands of dollars in donations, and launched their own  site  and store for April the Giraffe. The New York zoo's successful marketing campaign has now inspired  SeaWorld  in San Diego to launch a similar one, as it provides updates and livestream discussions with trainers featuring a pregnant ...
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Save $800 on a classic tour of China and Tibet, pandas included 14.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Tour operator World Spree Travel puts China and Tibet on sale, but only until the end of the month.

Save $800 on a 13-day tour that visits Beijing’s Forbidden City, panda country in Chengdu and the highlands of Tibet.

The deal: The Classic China & Tibet Highland tour includes round-trip airfare...

SeaWorld was right to stop breeding orcas, but it should go further 23.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Takara, a 25-year-old orca living at SeaWorld San Antonio, has already delivered four calves in four different cramped tanks across the country, and is about to deliver her fifth. Due any day now, the calf will be the last killer whale born at a SeaWorld. Last March, the park announced it would...

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SeaWorld plans a new roller coaster as it moves away from live orca shows 3.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Making good on SeaWorld’s promise to add more thrill-oriented rides, the San Diego theme park is announcing plans Tuesday for what it is calling its tallest and fastest roller coaster.

Plans for the Electric Eel coaster — which would open in early summer 2018 — come on the heels of already announced...

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Panda that helped save species dies 30.12.2016 CNN: Top Stories
You may never have heard of him, but without this bear you might never have seen a panda in your local zoo.
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Humans Just Killed Off These 12 Animals, And You Didn't Even Notice 17.12.2016 Green on
For thousands of years, the Bramble Cay melomys, a small, mouse-like rodent, eked out a living on a tiny coral island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It was the reef’s only endemic mammal species, and survived on the few plants that grew on its island home. But as climate change expedited sea level rise and increased storm surges that flooded the low-lying island, the Bramble Cay melomys and its food supply was severely threatened. In June, after years of fruitless searching, scientists announced that they could no longer find any trace of the rodent.  The melomys was posthumously bestowed the ignominious title of the first mammal to go extinct because of human-induced global warming . “Sadly,” WWF-Australia spokesperson Darren Grover told The New York Times, “it won’t be the last.”  Scientists say the planet is currently on the precipice of the sixth mass extinction , an event that could see the wiping out of at least 75 percent of the Earth’s species. The current extinction rate is at least  100 ...
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Mission Mikey: Accomplished 14.12.2016 Green on
How far would you go to rescue a monkey in need? Mikey came to the front of his temporary enclosure and reached his tiny fingers toward the opening. He wants my phone! You are getting so bold and comfortable already, Mikey. It's only been one day. Young Mikey had a home. He had a large cage in the living room; he had toys, fruit, and blankets. But, he is still a two-year-old vervet monkey. He is a wild primate at heart who needs to climb trees, forage, and be with others of his own kind. He was the product of captive breeding, taken from his mother at two weeks of age. He was then shipped across state lines to live in a human house as a pet with the children, the rescued dogs, and the semi-feral cats outside eating on the porch. Mikey's human owner was moving to an apartment that wouldn't allow animals and had to give him up. The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, located in Dilley, Texas, is equipped to house and care for vervets. We do it already. Let's be clear; primates, or other wild animals, are not ...
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Wildlife Farming: Does It Help Or Hurt Threatened Species? 25.10.2016 Environmental News Network
More than a decade ago, looking to slow the decimation of wildlife populations for the bushmeat trade, researchers in West Africa sought to establish an alternative protein supply. Brush-tailed porcupine was one of the most popular and high-priced meats, in rural and urban areas alike. Why not farm it? It turned out that the porcupines are generally solitary, and when put together, they tended to fight and didn't have sex. In any case, moms produce only one offspring per birth, hardly a recipe for commercial success. Wildlife farming is like that — a tantalizing idea that is always fraught with challenges and often seriously flawed. And yet it is also growing both as a marketplace reality and in its appeal to a broad array of legitimate stakeholders as a potentially sustainable alternative to the helter-skelter exploitation of wild resources everywhere. Food security consultants are promoting wildlife farming as a way to boost rural incomes and supply protein to a hungry world. So are public health ...
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Wild red wolves’ territory curtailed under new federal plan 13.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials plan to reduce the territory of the world’s only wild population of red wolves to parts of a single North Carolina county under a revamped management plan. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the new footprint for the program will take effect around the end of 2017 under […]
Conservation Has a Big Problem With Charismatic Carnivores 30.8.2016 Wired Top Stories
Conservation Has a Big Problem With Charismatic Carnivores
Mostly because humanity's a species of power-tripping space hogs. The post Conservation Has a Big Problem With Charismatic Carnivores appeared first on WIRED.
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Drought and wildfires threaten the endangered mountain yellow-legged frog 20.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A half-century ago, hundreds of streams cascading down the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains were packed with fist-sized mountain yellow-legged frogs competing for mating rights.

Today, fewer than 400 of the federally endangered frogs are holed up in five hard-to-reach streams,...

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Root Canal: SeaWorld Gets Drilled In New Killer Whale Teeth Report 17.8.2016 Green on
SeaWorld’s CEO Joel Manby has been all smiles since he and Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States announced that their organizations had reached an agreement to end the captive breeding of killer whales at SeaWorld’s parks in California, Texas and Florida along with the six killer whales under SeaWorld’s care at Loro Parque in Spain. But when it comes to the killer whales themselves, they’re not smiling because there is something missing - their teeth. Dentition as a Welfare Indicator Do you  remember going to the dentist as a child for a checkup? Do you remember how happy you were if you didn’t have any cavities? Do you remember the sound of the dentist’s drill when you did? A new report from the Free Morgan Foundation (FMF) examines the condition of killer whale teeth as a measure of their welfare in captivity. The report, Ongoing concerns regarding the SeaWorld orca held at Loro Parque, Tenerife, Spain provides extensive photographic documentation that chronicles the dentition ...
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A Troubling Snag in the Comeback of the California Condor 9.8.2016 Environmental News Network
IN THE EARLY ’80s, the California condor almost scavenged its way to extinction. The grisly-looking birds survive off the remains of animals, often leftovers shot by hunters. But those hunters often used lead ammunition. Condors were dying of lead poisoning, their numbers dropping as low as 22.In one of conservation’s greatest success stories, a frantic captive breeding program brought the huge, glorious scavenger roaring back; today, the condors number close to 450, over half of which are wild. While an outright ban on lead ammunition won’t kick in until 2019, aggressive public education has helped safeguard the species—inland at least. But scientists have found a new threat to the reestablished condors: extremely high levels of mercury and the pesticide DDT in the birds’ blood. This time, it’s an appetite for marine mammal flesh that may threaten the ...
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