species survival commission

Recovery Dawns for Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales

Recovery Dawns for Humpbacks and Southern Right Whales

GLAND, Switzerland, August 14, 2008 (ENS) – The humpback whale and other species of large whales are now more secure against extinction than they have been in the recent past, according to the latest cetacean update of the 2008 Red List of Threatened Species released on Tuesday by the International Union for the Conservation of…

Extinction Closes in on Half the World's Apes, Monkeys

Extinction Closes in on Half the World's Apes, Monkeys

EDINBURGH, Scotland, August 5, 2008 (ENS) – Monkeys, apes and other primates are vanishing from the face of the Earth, with some “literally being eaten to extinction,” according to the world’s foremost primate authorities gathered this week at the 22nd International Primatological Society Congress in Edinburgh. “We’ve raised concerns for years about primates being in…

New Group of Endangered Lemurs Found in Madagascar

New Group of Endangered Lemurs Found in Madagascar

ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 22, 2008 (ENS) – Researchers in Madagascar have confirmed the existence of a population of greater bamboo lemurs more than 400 kilometers (240 miles) from the only other place where the Critically Endangered species is known to live, raising hopes for its survival. The discovery of the distinctive lemurs with jaws powerful…

African Rhino Numbers Rise, Yet One Type Sinks Into Extinction

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…