Hong Kong Is at the Heart of Global Wildlife Trafficking

Hong Kong is a small autonomous territory with fewer than 7.5 million residents. Yet this bustling urban center in southeastern China is at the very center of the global wildlife trafficking trade, according to local experts. “Hong Kong’s illegal wildlife trade is contributing to a global extinction crisis,” The University …

First Mammal Species Recognized as Extinct Due to Climate Change

A small rodent that lived only on a single island off Australia is likely the world’s first mammal to become a casualty of climate change, scientists reported in June 2016. The government of Australia has now officially recognized the Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) as extinct. The animal seems to …

We Are Eating Large Wild Animals into Extinction

Much of the planet’s megafauna is being driven extinct because of the usual causes: habitat loss and rampant poaching for body parts like horns, bones and tusks. But there is another reason large vertebrates are going extinct: people keep on eating them. A team of researchers has analyzed how human …

Scotland Considers Continental Wildcats to Save Native Species from Extinction

Releasing ‘pure’ animals could counter interbreeding with domestic cats, experts say. Conservationists could release wildcats captured from other European countries in the Scottish Highlands in a final effort to protect Scotland’s population from extinction. Recent genetic testing by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland of 276 Scottish wildcat samples found those …

Malayan Tigers Are Nearly Extinct, a Biologist Warns

 Time is running out for Malayan tigers in the wild. Unless conservation efforts are stepped up these critically endangered striped predators might well go extinct in their habitats in Malaysia. This stark assessment comes from tiger biologist Kae Kawanishi, a member of the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT). “The Malayan tiger (Panthera …

Tesco and WWF ‘to Halve Environmental Impact of Shopping’

Tesco and WWF have teamed up and committed to halve the environmental impact of shopper’s baskets within a year. The four-year partnership between the nation’s largest retailer and the environmental organisation aims to eliminate food and packaging waste while encouraging customers to buy more sustainable products. Research conducted by the …

With Only 74 Left, New Protections Announced for Iconic Killer Whales

With only 74 remaining in the wild, time is running out to save southern resident killer whales, especially after two died this summer. This week, the Canadian government announced a slew of measures to save the critically endangered species. The $61.5 million (US$50 million) initiative will address three key threats …