One of World’s Most Endangered Wolf Species Could Go Extinct in 8 Years

A Species Status Assessment (SSA) released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Tuesday revealed that there are only 44 red wolves left in North Carolina, the only place they exist in the wild, and that they could go extinct within eight years. The SSA was released along with a Five-Year Status Review , which the FWS undertakes for every species offered protections under

Hundreds of Flying Foxes ‘Boil’ in Extreme Australia Heat

The catastrophic heat wave in Australia led to the death of hundreds of flying foxes in the Sydney suburb of Campbelltown on Sunday. Temperatures hit 117.14 degrees Fahrenheit in the Sydney metropolitan area that day—its hottest temperature in nearly 80 years. “So many little lives lost due to the extreme heat and not enough canopy cover to shade them or keep them cool,” the Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown campaign posted on Facebook. “As the dead bodies were recovered and placed in

The Curious Case of the Phantom Hippo Teeth

By Laura G. Shields Think of the illegal wildlife trade, and elephant tusks and rhino horns come to mind. But another of the world’s largest land mammals is slipping under the radar: the common hippopotamus ( Hippopotamus amphibius ) may be at greater risk than previously believed, according to a new analysis of the international trade in hippo teeth. Hippo ivory, from their large canines and incisors, is an affordable alternative to elephant ivory (international trade in elephant ivory is increasingly

Rescuers Race to Save Stranded Whales in Indonesia

Rescue efforts are underway after a pod of whales beached Monday morning off the province of Aceh in Indonesia. According to Whale Stranding Indonesia , 10 sperm whales were stranded alive at Ujong Kareng beach. Rescuers have been working for hours to lead the massive animals back into deeper waters. Fortunately, five of the whales were successfully re-floated and hauled out to sea with boats, the Associated Press reported. “The team seems to be determined to work during night time to release the remaining whales,” Whale Stranding

Nestlé, the World’s Largest Food Company, Switching to Cage-Free Eggs

Nestlé , the biggest food company in the world, announced Thursday it will only use eggs from cage-free hens for all its food products globally by 2025—a major step in the global cage-free movement, animal rights advocates said. The company said the transition will happen in Europe and the U.S. by the end of 2020, with the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania to follow by 2025. “Our purpose is to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future. This includes ensuring decent welfare standards for animals that are reared for the ingredients used in

Dogs Are a Kiwi’s Best Friend (and Worst Enemy)

By Jason Bittel The kiwi is a small, flightless bird that spends most of the day underground. At night, these needle-billed, chicken-size floofs emerge to hunt insects, crayfish, seeds and fruit, but as they waddle through New Zealand’s forests, they create invisible scent trails. By morning, kiwis have often unwittingly led a predator back to their burrows. For most of their existence, kiwis had to deal only with a few avian predators, all of

The Tragic Tale of Tony the Truck Stop Tiger

By Stephen Wells For more than six years, the Animal Legal Defense Fund fought tirelessly to save a tiger named Tony from a cage in the parking lot of a Louisiana truck stop. Sadly, we received news last week that Tony had died of kidney failure after spending 16 years confined to

Car Pollution Is Killing Coho Salmon

The grisly video above shows a coho salmon struggling to survive in polluted stormwater runoff on the Duwamish River in Washington. This contaminated water— filled with oil from cars, pesticides, dirt and debris—can kill this particular species of Pacific salmon in hours , according to Puget Soundkeeper Alliance , which posted the clip on Oct. 21. Sadly, it appears that this fish is one of many coho salmon in the Puget Sound Basin that have died, and will continue to die, from this man-made tragedy. A new study , published in the Ecological Society of America ‘s journal Ecological Applications, has found “that

Conservationists Sound Alarm on Plummeting Giraffe Numbers

By Rina Herzl Picture an animal enrobed in a fiery, jigsaw-patterned coat. A creature of such majestic height that it towers amongst the trees. As your eyes make their way up its long neck that appears to defy gravity, you find crowned atop its head two Seussian, horn-like protrusions framing dark, curious eyes fanned by lashes. In its truest sense, the

Wildlife Rehabilitators: The Hidden Heroes of Hurricane Season

By Meredith Brown Thousands of people affected by the past two months’ hurricanes owe their lives to the brave emergency responders at state and city police departments, 911 call centers, fire stations, the National Guard, and the Red Cross. But what about the wild animals whose habitats have also been destroyed? That’s where wildlife rehabilitators, or “rehabbers,” come in—specially trained and licensed individuals (often working as volunteers) who typically work in collaboration with local wildlife centers to retrieve and rehabilitate mammals, birds, reptiles and other species in distress. Wildlife centers are often sparsely staffed and underfunded. In the aftermath of a natural disaster, they depend on networks

One of These Images Could Bring Home the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award

By Clara Chaisson A red squirrel pauses in its search for spruce cones on a frigid winter morning; a rain-soaked bald eagle boldly looks straight into the camera; a seahorse clutches at a Q-tip in sewage-choked waters. These are a few of the moments captured by the finalists for

Sir David Attenborough’s New Series to Show ‘Heartbreaking’ Examples of Plastic Pollution

By Imogen Calderwood Sir David Attenborough has spoken out about “heartbreaking” examples of plastic pollution that were documented while filming for his new series, Blue Planet II . Attenborough, the broadcasting legend who brought the world Planet Earth , revealed that teams had recorded seabirds feeding their chicks with scraps of plastic, in the documentary series that will focus on how our oceans are changing. A serious change has been the dramatic rise in plastic pollution. “Plastics are of crucial importance—it is heartbreaking,” Attenborough said, speaking to Greenpeace before the launch of

Sea Turtle Population Rebounding But Many Threats Remain

A new study published in Science Advances has found that most global sea turtles populations are recovering after historical declines. The results from the analysis suggest that conservation programs actually work, and why we must defend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that protects vulnerable plants and animals, and is currently under attack by political and business interests. It’s not exactly clear why sea turtle populations are making a comeback, but as the New York Times reports, conservation efforts since the 1950s have safeguarded beaches, regulated

Buzz Kill: Climate Change Threatens Coffee-Pollinating Bees

By Marlene Cimons The best coffee grows in the mountains, where it is cool. It needs low temperatures to thrive, which is why growers often put shade trees in their fields. But the mountains are getting hotter. And the higher you go, the less room there is to grow coffee. This is one reason scientists predict coffee will suffer in a changing climate . New research suggests the fate

Battle Begins to Restore Protections for Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

By WildEarth Guardian Wednesday, WildEarth Guardians sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, challenging the agency’s flawed rule stripping grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Endangered Species Act protections. The service’s premature removal of crucial federal safeguards undermines the recovery of the species as a whole, while subjecting grizzlies stepping outside the safety of our national parks to state-sanctioned trophy hunting. “The Service failed to carry out its paramount—and mandatory—duty to ensure grizzly bears in the contiguous United States are recovered to the point at which the protections of the Endangered Species Act are no longer necessary,” said Kelly Nokes, carnivore advocate for WildEarth Guardians. “The Service’s decision is riddled with

What Netflix’s Okja Gets Right About Big Food

By Samantha Henry Netflix’s recent, original feature film Okja has triggered a bit of disruption amongst both those in the film industry and enthusiasts in the food movement. The movie targets several issues concerning the current state of our food system, and could be a great watch for those curious about where our food system could soon be headed. Okja follows the fictional Mirando Corporation, a chemical weapons company looking to rebrand itself with the presentation of an exciting new discovery: the miraculous “superpig.” Mirando presents the animal as an ideal way to efficiently end world hunger. Along

$5,000 Reward Offered for Information on Shooting of Bald Eagle

The Animal Legal Defense Fund , the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for shooting a male bald eagle near Gaston, Oregon in late June. Total reward, including the Audubon Society of Portland’s $1,500 reward offer for a conviction, now totals $6,500. The eagle was first spotted injured the third week of June, but was unable to be caught. Continued searches led to his rescue on June 28. The eagle’s condition when

Watch Dramatic Elephant Rescue 10 Miles Off Sri Lanka Coast

Sri Lanken Navy divers and wildlife officials saved an elephant that was swept about eight nautical miles (roughly 10 miles) off the coast of Kokkuthuduwai, Kokilai on Tuesday. The rescue team was able to carefully direct the animal towards the coast with ropes after a 12-hour effort. Dramatic footage of the rescue shows

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Whales, Sea Turtles From Drowning in Drift Gillnets

Oceana filed a lawsuit in federal court in California late Wednesday challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to withdraw a proposed rule that would have protected endangered species , including whales and sea turtles , and taken an important step forward in efforts to clean up one of the nation’s dirtiest fisheries— drift gillnets targeting swordfish off California. The rule would have required an immediate closure of the fishery if limits on the injury or death of nine protected species were reached. “The withdrawal of

Saving Endangered Lemurs in Madagascar with Wildlife Conservation Society and CoolEffect

I admit, I’m a sucker for ‘charismatic megafauna.‘ I mean, that’s the whole point, right? Charismatic megafauna are those key species that are more gigantic, more adorable, or somehow seen as more ‘save-able.’ I mean, how can you not fall in love with this little guy: But I also also understand the importance of a […] Saving Endangered Lemurs in Madagascar with Wildlife Conservation Society and CoolEffect was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage.

Wolf Pack Roams Denmark for First Time in 200 Years

Researchers have confirmed at least five different wild wolves roaming around Denmark for the first time in two centuries. Other than the one male wolf that was spotted wandering the Jutland peninsula in 2012, the country’s last verified wild wolf sighting was in 1813, Peter Sunde, a senior researcher at Aarhus University, told Newsweek . “Wolves were exterminated in Denmark because of intense persecution” from hunters, Sunde said. Now there’s a full-fledged wild wolf pack—consisting of at least four males and one female—for the first time in more

Ocean Acidification To Bring Collapsing Food Web

Ocean acidification created by continuing anthropogenic climate change will result in a collapsing food web, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. The new findings are the result of analysis focused around determining the effects of climate change on the world’s fisheries, and on overall marine biodiversity. Image via NOAA “Humans rely heavily […] Ocean Acidification To Bring Collapsing Food Web was originally posted on: PlanetSave. To read more from Planetsave, join thousands of others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook (also free), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage

Court Orders EPA to Close Loophole, Factory Farms Required to Report Toxic Pollution

The DC Circuit Court ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tuesday to close a loophole that has allowed hazardous substances released into the environment by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to go unreported. “We applaud the DC Circuit Court’s clear decision to enforce this vital environmental safeguard to protect