extinction crisis

Giant Burmese Python Caught in Florida's Eradication Program

Article: Giant Burmese Python Caught in Florida's Eradication Program

Florida has a problem with giant Burmese pythons released into the wild by disenchanted pet owners, and today, the first day of the state’s 2009 eradication program a team of volunteer snake catchers bagged one of the big constrictors.

Rainforests Are Regrowing: Will Displaced Species Return?

Article: Rainforests Are Regrowing: Will Displaced Species Return?

WASHINGTON, DC, January 12, 2009 (ENS) – Vast stretches of abandoned tropical forests that were once logged or farmed are regrowing, prompting a international debate among scientists meeting at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History today. At issue is the extent to which this rainforest regrowth might reduce the loss of biodiversity. Scientists have…

Extinction Stalks One in Four of the World's Mammals

Article: Extinction Stalks One in Four of the World's Mammals

BARCELONA, Spain, October 6, 2008 (ENS) – The world’s mammals are in the grip of an extinction crisis, with almost one in four at risk of vanishing forever, according to the latest scientific assessment revealed at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Conservation Congress, which opened Sunday in Barcelona. The new study…

African Rhino Numbers Rise, Yet One Type Sinks Into Extinction

Article: African Rhino Numbers Rise, Yet One Type Sinks Into Extinction

GLAND, Switzerland, June 17, 2008 (ENS) – Populations of most African rhinos are increasing as a result of conservation efforts, but one sub-species, the Northern white rhino, may already be extinct, the world’s most expert rhino specialists said today. Just four animals were counted in 2006, but none of these could be found during the…