Endangered Species

Orangutan Habitat May Be Gone in 15 Years, UN Report Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 7, 2007   View Article

Orangutans may lose nearly all their tropical forest habitat within 15 years unless urgent action is taken now to end rampant illegal logging, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) warned in a report yesterday.

About 60,000 orangutans—which are native to the Southeast Asian islands of Sumatra and Borneo—remain in the wild, conservationists believe.

“Weirdest” Animals to Get Conservation Attention

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 16, 2007   View Article

A conservation effort announced today aims to protect some of the world’s oddest and most overlooked animal species.

The Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) program, led by the Zoological Society of London, focuses on animals that have unique evolutionary histories and face immediate risk of extinction.

Polar Bears Proposed for U.S. Endangered Species List

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 27, 2006   View Article

The U.S. government today proposed listing polar bears as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act because the animals’ sea ice habitat is melting.

“Polar bears are one of nature’s ultimate survivors,” Department of the Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne told reporters today at a press conference.

“Critical Habitat” for Orcas Leaves Pockets of Vulnerability, Critics Say

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 7, 2006   View Article

This June a U.S. federal agency proposed that a vast swath of Washington State’s Puget Sound region be granted federal protections to ensure the survival of an iconic killer whale population.

But area residents Tom and Margo Wyckoff, retired healthcare workers, were shocked to learn that Hood Canal, a barb-shaped fjord that slices a narrow path into the Olympic Peninsula, was excluded from the ruling.

Endangered Whales Get Protected Area off Alaska

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 7, 2006   View Article

The U.S. government Thursday designated thousands of square miles off Alaska as critical habitat for the North Pacific right whale, one of the rarest whales in the world.

The designation of the 36,750 square miles (95,200 square kilometers) in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska was based on right whale sightings in the regions between 1996 and 2003.

Lion Killings Spur Fears of Regional Extinction in Kenya

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 22, 2006   View Article

Lions may soon be obliterated from southern Kenya, unless immediate steps are taken to rein in their slaughter, wildlife experts warn.

“Ten years ago there used to be lions everywhere. You’d hear lions at night, find their tracks during the day. That simply is not true anymore,” said Laurence Frank, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and an expert on African predators.

Rare “Barking” Bird Spurs Conservation Effort in Ecuador

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 3, 2006   View Article

To protect some of the rarest birds in the world, a private foundation is creating new nature reserves spanning thousands of acres of South American bird habitat.

The seed for this unique conservation effort was the surprise 1997 discovery of a new bird species in southern Ecuador.

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