Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds - 30 October 2018
"The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists...
The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife is made in a major report produced by WWF and involving 59 scientists from across the globe.
It finds that the vast and growing consumption of food and resources by the global population is destroying the web of life, billions of years in the making, upon which human society ultimately depends for clean air, water and everything else." + Quick guide - Wildlife losses around the world
+ WWF report warns annihilation of wildlife threatens civilisation – video
Almost all world’s oceans damaged by human impact, study finds - with pictures - 26 July 2018
"The remaining wilderness areas, mostly in the remote Pacific and at the poles, need urgent protection from fishing and pollution, scientists say... Only 13% of the world's oceans remain as wilderness"
A man walks past bushmeat including pangolins, bush rats
and tiger cats for sale on the roadside in Equatorial Guinea.
The mandrill is among the endangered land mammals
primarily at risk from hunting for food.
Are celebs the best hope for saving endangered species? - 6 October 2016
"As the Cites meeting in Johannesburg ends, Matt McGrath asks whether celebrities are having a bigger impact on saving species than the international body tasked with regulating the trade in threatened animals and plants."
Can the influence of celebrities really achieve a breakthrough
in reducing demand for endangered species?
Australia quietly adds 49 species to threatened and endangered lists - with PHOTOS - 7 May 2016
"Brush-tailed bettong, three-toed snake-tooth skink, swift parrot and types of orchid and albatross listed...
Nearly 50 new species of flora and fauna have been added...
Among the species to be added to the list under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act were the brush-tailed bettong (endangered), the three-toed snake-tooth skink (vulnerable), the swift parrot (upgraded from endangered to critically endangered), and several types of orchid and albatross."
The Longer View: Instinct for extinction - Man-made problem - Articles + Videos
From recent uproar over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe to historical poaching and destruction of habitats, the biggest threat to endangered animals has come from a fellow inhabitant of the earth.
It is estimated that 99.9% of all the species that have ever lived are now extinct.
The rate of those extinctions has accelerated dramatically over the last century however, and humans stand accused of being the main cause.
From Birds to Bears, Animals Face Danger Around the World- TEXT + AUDIO
"Hundreds of newly-identified plants and animals in Southeast Asia are in danger. Poachers killed a famous elephants in Kenya.
And scientists are working to save polar bears population in Alaska and the Bering Sea."
'Extinction crisis' focus for summit - 3 March 2013
"Delegates from 178 countries face critical decisions as they meet to review the convention on international trade in endangered species (CITES).
New plans to protect elephants, rhinos and other species will be discussed at a critical meeting that begins in Bangkok on Sunday." + VIDEO + How CITES works
Toilet paper brand wipes out forests and endangered species
"An investigation released today reveals that Auckland based company Cottonsoft is sourcing its toilet paper from rainforests in Indonesia, home of the critically-endangered Sumatran tiger.
The evidence is the result of an eight-month investigation by Greenpeace, the Green Party and WWF-New Zealand into exactly where the toilet paper sold by New Zealand retailers originates from...
The destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests is one of the main threats to the survival of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, only 400 of which are estimated to remain in the wild. "
Police in Malaysia uncover 'illegal zoo' - 14 July 2010
"Police in Malaysia have inadvertently uncovered a massive haul of endangered wildlife during a raid on a warehouse...
More than 20 species of protected wildlife were found in the "mini zoo"..."
Internet threatens rare species, conservationists warn - 21 March 2010
"Campaigners say it is easier than ever before to buy and sell anything from live baby lions to polar bear pelts on online auction sites and chatrooms...
Thousands of endangered species are regularly traded on the internet, as buyers and sellers take advantage of the anonymity - and vast global market - the world wide web can offer...
The US is the biggest market, but ... Europe, China, Russia and Australia also play a large part. "
Species' extinction threat grows - 3 November 2009
"More than a third of species assessed in a major international biodiversity study are threatened with extinction, scientists have warned.
Out of the 47,677 species in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 17,291 were deemed to be at serious risk.
These included 21% of mammals, 30% of amphibians, 70% of plants and 35% of invertebrates."
"About 25% of the world's mammal species are at risk of extinction, according to the first assessment of their plight for a decade." (BBC)
populations 'plummeting' - 16 May 2008
"Between a quarter and a third of the world's wildlife has been
lost since 1970, according to data compiled by the Zoological Society
Pollution, farming and urban expansion, over-fishing and hunting are
Lacoste x Save Our Species
"The crocodile is leaving its iconic spot to 10 threatened species through a partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The number of polos produced for each series corresponds to the remaining population sizes in the wild.
By buying one of the 1775 polos, you participate in helping IUCN and Lacoste in the fight for wildlife conservation worldwide."
The threatened species chosen by Lacoste and their number:
"Virunga national park is home to one of the world’s largest populations of critically endangered mountain gorillas
as well as hundreds of other rare species."
More than Half of the World’s Primates Disappearing- Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 19 March 2017
"Anthropologist Paul Garber says primates future are threatened. The University of Illinois scientist released a report on primates in January. He told VOA his research shows possibly "60 percent of primate species are now threatened with extinction and about 75 percent have declining populations."
Primates at risk, Endangered nonhuman primates include, clockwise from top center,
the black and white snub-nosed monkey, the ring-tailed lemur, the golden snub-nosed monkey, the mountain gorilla.
Sumatran orangutans in rehab – in pictures- 18 November 2016
"Members of the critically endangered species are cared for and nursed back to health before their release at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme’s rehabilitation centre in Kuta Mbelin, North Sumatra, Indonesia."
Eastern gorillas threatened with extinction- 5 September 2016
"A surge in illegal hunting is threatening the eastern gorilla, the world's largest primate, an international conservation group has said...
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List says just 5,000 of the animals remain in their central African habitat.
The number of eastern gorillas has declined more than 70% in two decades.
Four of the six great apes are now critically endangered, the IUCN says..."
"The eastern gorilla is now on the endangered species list."
"Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and her husband, Britain's Prince William,
watch as their son Prince George looks at an Australian animal called a bilby
during a visit to Sydney's Taronga Zoo, April 20, 2014."
Saving Venezuela’s Famous Red Bird by Planting Coffee- Text + Audio - 5 November 2018
"The red siskin is a small song bird many Venezuelans know and love. But the bird is disappearing.
Now activists and scientists hope that getting farmers to grow coffee will help the bird’s numbers recover."
"In this Oct. 24, 2018 photo, a Venezuelan male red siskin bird perches on a branch in Vargas, Venezuela.
Once flourishing in the millions, as few as 300 remain in the wild in Venezuela, although scientists say it's difficult to estimate their numbers in the politically turbulent and dangerous country."
Bird pulled from brink of extinction facing poisoning threat- 28 November 2017
"The red kite has become more common in the past 30 years in the UK, thanks to conservation schemes.
But, while numbers of the birds of prey are on the rise, scientists say human factors threaten to derail progress."
"The Atlantic puffin population is still in the millions, but fewer young birds are surviving to breed."
The bird that's more valuable than ivory
"The illegal trade in elephant tusks is well reported, but there's a type of "ivory" that's even more valuable. It comes from the helmeted hornbill
- a bird that lives in the rainforests of East Asia and is now under threat, writes Mary Colwell." (BBC)
Irrawaddy Dolphin Numbers Increase on Mekong River- Text + Audio + Pictures- 29 April 2018
"Recently, the Cambodian government and a wildlife group announced that numbers of Irrawaddy dolphins had shown signs of recovery in one part of the Mekong River.
However, the endangered marine mammals still face threats from banned fishing nets and dams."
"An Irrawaddy dolphin, also known as the Mekong dolphin, swims in the river at Kampi village
in Kratie province, 230 km (143 miles) northeast of Cambodia, March 25, 2007."
Why are elephants wrecking a Rohingya refugee camp?- VIDEO - 4 May2018
"Twelve Rohingya people in the refugee camp in Bangladesh have been killed by wild elephants in recent months.
The camp has swollen in size since 700,000 members of the Muslim community fled religious persecution in their homeland of Myanmar in August last year."
Asian Elephants Reported at Risk from Chinese Demand for Skin - Text + Audio + Pictures - 2 May2018
"The wildlife group Elephant Family says rising demand for products made from elephant skin is leading to unlawful killing of the animals.
It says the threat is currently greater in Myanmar."
Sumatran elephants: a fragile future – in pictures - 3 April 2017
"These powerful, and at times graphic, images bear witness to the plight of critically endangered Sumatran elephants and the challenges they face. These include the conversion of forest habitat to oil palm plantations, degradation of forest habitat by illegal logging, conflicts with farmers through crop-raiding, and being illegally hunted for their ivory tusks. While the situation is dire, the camera’s lens also finds hope in the efforts of those working to safeguard the animal’s future."
Study: Elephants Disappearing from Parts of Africa- Text + Audio - 6 September 2016
"A new study estimated a population of 352,271 elephants in the 18 countries surveyed. That is a drop of nearly 150,000 elephants since 2007.
The researchers say the population has been falling by about 8 percent each year."
Elephants are increasingly dependent on humans for survival.
IVORY COAST ELEPHANT RELOCATION - 21 January 2014
- "part of an operation to relocate elephants that are threatened by some farmers in the region of Daloa, Ivory Coast, 20 January 2014...
According to the Ivorian ministery of Sustainable Development and Forestry the elephants already killed three people and destroyed countless crops."
Giraffes Facing ‘Silent Disappearance’ in Africa, Report Says- Text + Audio + Pictures - 18 December 2016
"Giraffes are beautiful animals known for their very long necks and tall legs. Now a report by the Red List says giraffes for the first time are “vulnerable” to extinction. What is happening to the tallest land animals on Earth?"
Koala numbers drop 80pc
"Australian scientists are calling for the koala to be declared an endangered species, warning that populations have already declined alarmingly and climate change will exacerbate the mammal's plight...
Where Australia once had millions of koalas, the total population was probably no more than 50,000-100,000...
Land clearing for urban development, industry and agriculture has deprived the koala of much of its traditional habitat, while diseases - particularly chlamydia - are also exacting a toll."
Snow leopard no longer 'endangered'- 14 September 2017
"Has the chilling threat of extinction worn off at last for the long-endangered snow leopard?
Not exactly - but the iconic big cats' conservation status has been improved from "endangered" to "vulnerable"."
Snow leopard under threat from climate change (October 26, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"The conservation charity World Wildlife Fund has warned that climate change is threatening the existence of the snow leopard in the Himalayas." Try the same news story at these easier levels:Level 4 or Level 5 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
The European mink
"is listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered due to an ongoing reduction in numbers, having been calculated as declining more than 50% over the past three generations
and expected to decline at a rate exceeding 80% over the next three generations.
How did China save the giant panda? - 5 September 2016
"They're cute, they're cuddly and they've just been brought back from the brink of extinction...
There are now an estimated total of 2,060 pandas."
"The giant panda is a global icon that up until recently was considered to be endangered."
Just two penguin chicks from colony of 36,000 survive catastrophic Antarctic breeding season- 13 October 2017
"The disaster for the colony in Terre Adelie in East Antarctica was down to unusually extensive sea ice late in the summer - despite low ice early in the season - which meant penguins had to travel further for food and the chicks starved...
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), made up 25 member states and the EU, are meeting on Monday to consider a proposal for a new marine protected area for the waters off East Antarctica."
Polar bears losing crucial sea ice: study- 14 November 2016
"Life-sustaining sea ice needed for hunting, resting and breeding is declining in all 19 regions of the Arctic inhabited by the species."
Changing Arctic Conditions Threaten Polar Bears- Text + Audio + Video- 30 July 2015
"Researchers, following the animals on the Arctic, discovered sea ice is melting faster than predicted, making it harder for polar bears to survive. They are calling on nations to reduce greenhouse gases. If that does not happen, polar bears could one day disappear from our planet."
polar bear as threatened- 15 May 2008 "The United States has listed the polar bear as a threatened
species, because its Arctic sea ice habitat is melting due to climate
"Polar Bear"- 3 December 2007 "In this photo released by Greenpeace, an activist in polar
bear costume unveils Greenpeace's giant thermometer with the message"Don't
Cook The Climate!" at the opening of U.N. Climate Change Conference
in Bali, Indonesia Monday, Dec. 3, 2007." (npr.org)
The polar bear who died of climate change - 6 August 2013
"A lack of sea ice, caused by global warming, meant the bear was unable to hunt seals and starved, according to an expert who had been monitoring the animal in Svalbard, Norway."
World's last male northern white rhino dies (March 23, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO "Conservationists and animal lovers are in mourning today for the loss of Sudan the rhinoceros." Try the same news story at these easier levels:White Rhino - Level 4 or White Rhino - Level 5 Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)
World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies- Text + Audio+ Pictures - 20 March 2018
"The world's last known male northern white rhinoceros has died. Sudan was 45 years old. He was living in Kenya at a wildlife conservancy called Ol Pejeta.
The conservancy said his age-related health problems had worsened, and that he was put to sleep on Monday."
Scientists Test Ways to Save Rhinos - Text + Audio + Video - 19 August 2015
"The African rhino is a endangered species. One of its kind, the northern white rhino is on the brink of extinction in the wild. Only four remain.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to three of the world’s last rhino. Scientists are using two different experiments to try to save them."
Conservationists Try to Save Rare Rhino - Text + Audio + Video - 28 December 2014
"Wildlife conservationists in Kenya are trying to save a rare kind of rhinoceros.
So many northern white rhinos have been hunted and killed that they are almost extinct. There are only five northern white rhinos left.
The workers hope they can save the rhinos by helping them breed."
Jing Che of the Chinese Academy of Sciences lifts a giant salamander
'Historic' day for shark protection - 11 March 2013 - ARTICLE + VIDEO
"Three types of critically endangered but commercially valuable shark have been given added protection at the Cites meeting in Bangkok." (BBC)
Study Finds Fewer Tigers Than Once Thought - VIDEO - 24 August 2015
"A population count in 2004, found 440 tigers in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest.
But, a recent study found only 182."
Study Finds 182 Tigers Left in World's Biggest Natural Habitat- Text + Audio- 9 August 2015
"A tiger population count in 2004 found 440 tigers in the Bangladeshi part of the Sundarbans forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest.
The new census found that only about 100 tigers are left in the Sundarbans forest of Bangladesh."
Rare Tiger Cub Makes Her Debut - 14 February 2015
"Amur Tigers, also known as Siberian Tigers, are the largest of the six surviving Tiger subspecies.
Native to far eastern Russia, the population of Amur Tigers dropped to fewer than 50 cats in the 1940s.
Today, thanks to improved law enforcement against illegal hunting, there are now nearly 400 Amur Tigers in the wild.
While Amur Tigers are still listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, scientists are hopeful that the upward trend will continue for these magnificent cats."
No real freedom for tigers saved from traffickers- 12 March 2013
"Talks on measures to stop the trade in endangered species are reaching a conclusion in Bangkok.
The city is one of the world's centres for the illegal trade in exotic animals.
Fifteen thousand live animals have been seized there in the last year.
However, being saved from the traffickers does not always mean freedom, as Jonah Fisher reports."
tigers 'may save species'- 20 April 2008 "Many tigers held in captivity have "pure-bred ancestry" and
could play a key role in the survival of diminishing wild populations,
a study suggests."
Madagascar's 'tortoise mafia' on the attack
"Madagascar's poachers, known in conservation circles as "the tortoise mafia", are increasingly hunting down the Indian Ocean island's reptiles, threatening them with extinction... Tortoise meat is a favourite dish on the island...
If tortoises do not end up in the rubbish heaps of restaurants, they end up in the suitcases of tortoise smugglers."
Cambodia Royal Turtle Near Extinction- Text + Audio - 1 May 2016
"Less than 10 Cambodian Royal Turtles remain on earth as two groups are determined to allow the turtle to thrive in a shrinking habitat.
But the forests, beaches and nest keep getting smaller lowering the Royal Turtle population."
The race to save Africa's vultures
"Eight of Africa’s vulture species have declined by an average of 62 per cent in the past 30 years, for some species that number is as high as 80 per cent; the threats facing these creatures are extensive."
"Vultures are social creatures and eat in large groups"
Wildlife Experts Worry About Lack of Newborn Right Whales- Text + Audio - 31 March 2018
"Wildlife researchers in Georgia and Florida are concerned about the population of endangered whales.
The winter birthing season just ended, but no newborn sightings have been reported."
Eyewitness: Farewell Spit, New Zealand - 12 February 2017
"Volunteers help to refloat and guide pilot whales out to deeper water after a mass stranding at Farewell Spit on the coast of New Zealand.
Most of the more than 200 whales who became stranded on the weekend were able to refloat themselves."
Volunteers race to save stranded whaleson New Zealand beach - VIDEO - 11 February 2017
"Volunteers face a race against time to save hundreds of pilot whales who became beached in a remote corner of New Zealand's South Island..."
Whale Deaths On the Rise in Alaska- Text + Audio + Video - 13 September 2015
"Scientists blame warmer water for the deaths. They say the rising temperatures are as a result of changing weather and wind conditions, which are not linked to climate change. Scientists say carbon dioxide emissions and other pollution are making the Arctic warm faster than anyplace on the planet."
Hope for threatened 'little tiger cat'- 19 January 2018
"It's the smallest cat in the Americas, occupying the smallest area of land...
The wildcat is found primarily in central and southern Chile."