Endangered green and loggerhead turtles make Mediterranean comeback

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For 10,000 years, green and loggerhead turtles have been nesting on the Mediterranean coast of Cyprus. In the last 100 years they have been hunted to the brink of extinction. Thankfully, due to pioneering conservation efforts made by Cypriot marine biologists, their endearing reptile compatriots are seeing a bounce back in numbers this year.

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Lemurs are now the most endangered species of primate on the planet

Approximately 94% of the 111 species and subspecies of lemur are under threat of extinction in their indigenous country of Madagascar – and the only place they exist outside of captivity. Of the remaining lemur groups only 6 are not listed under high risk of extinction in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. This retrogression was revealed by a Primate Specialist Group that has been analyzing current threats to the survival of lemur populations… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Red List expands to 26,000 endangered species

Japanese earthworms, the Mauritian Flying Fox and the Bankoualé Palm are joining over 26,000 species categorized as “endangered.” The latest International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) Red List report identifies 26,197 plants and animals facing extinction, out of 93,557 facing serious environmental threats around the world.

Australia’s reptile population possibly faces the most threats of all species. With the current developments, 975 reptiles native to the island on the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Endangered shark fins discovered on a Singapore Airlines flight to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the biggest trading hub for shark fins in the world, and although they’ve taken steps to halt illegal trading, conservation organization Sea Shepherd recently uncovered a shipment with fins from endangered sharks that arrived via a Singapore Airlines flight for a Hong Kong dried seafood company. Sea Shepherd said the fins came from whale sharks and possibly oceanic whitetip sharks.

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Critically endangered red wolf may be forced into extinction by GOP

There is said to be only 45 to 60 red wolves left in the wild, and for Republicans, that is too far many. The Canis rufus, which was declared critically endangered in 1996, has seen only slight upticks in its population growth over the last 20 years. As such, the wolves which had been protected through a recovery program funded by the federal government. However, now with Republicans in control of the Senate, there is a covert push underway to eviscerate the protective agency and force the red… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Massive Malaysian marine park will protect endangered species and coral reefs

After over 13 years of negotiation and planning between conservation groups, the government, and the fishing industry, Malaysia recently established a massive marine park. The new one million hectare Tun Mustapha Park, located by the Sabah Province in the Coral Triangle, is home to endangered species such as dugongs and green turtles. About 360 fish species, over 250 hard coral species, and vegetation such as mangroves add to the richness of this ocean space.

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