He Once Trafficked in Rare Birds. Now, He Tells How It’s Done.

After a chance encounter in Brazil, Johann Zillinger became one of the world’s most prolific wildlife smugglers. Three decades and two prison stints later, he says he has gone straight.

#austria, #birds, #brazil, #breeding-of-animals, #content-type-personal-profile, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #parrots, #portugal, #smuggling, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #zillinger-johann

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Justice Department Sues Jeffrey Lowe of ‘Tiger King’ Over Treatment of Animals

Mr. Lowe took control of the animal park owned by another of the show’s main subjects, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #baskin-carole, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #jeffrey-lowe, #maldonado-passage-joseph, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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These Items in Your Home Are Harming America’s Sea Animals

A new report examines how plastic waste affects marine wildlife.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #manatees, #oceans-and-seas, #water-pollution

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Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction

Massive volcanic eruptions ignited oil and coal deposits in Siberia in the events that led to the Permian-Triassic “Great Dying” event.

#carbon-dioxide, #coal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #geology, #geology-journal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-geoscience-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #research, #volcanoes, #your-feed-science

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How Trump’s Wall Hurts Arizona’s Environment

Living and working along the U.S.-Mexico border has meant watching the surreal, slow-motion leveling of the fragile ecosystems I’ve spent my career fighting to protect.

#arizona, #center-for-biological-diversity, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #mexico, #organ-pipe-cactus-national-monument-ariz, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Wolves to Drop From Endangered Species List in U.S.

Populations have rebounded in recent decades, but some scientists on the panel that evaluated the proposal said it was deeply flawed.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #wolves

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In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge

Climate change is shifting the habitats of endangered species and requiring conservation scientists to think outside traditional park boundaries.

#africa, #agriculture-and-farming, #animals, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #land-use-policies, #lemurs, #madagascar, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #vanilla, #wilderness-areas, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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These Winged Dinosaurs Hurtled Through the Trees Like Haywire Hang Gliders

To call it flying would be generous.

#birds, #dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #iscience-journal, #paleontology, #pterosaurs, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories

Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived.

#chicago-ill, #conservation-biology-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #georgia, #michigan, #north-america, #ontario-canada, #presidio-national-park-calif, #research, #san-francisco-calif, #trees-and-shrubs, #your-feed-science

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Restoring Farmland Could Drastically Slow Extinctions, Fight Climate Change

Returning strategic parts of the world’s farmlands to nature could help mitigate both climate change and biodiversity loss, a new study found.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

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What Happened to South America’s Missing Mega-Mammals?

South America is filled with mammals from North America, but why more didn’t survive the reverse trip has been a natural history mystery.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #mammals, #north-america, #panama, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #sloths-animals, #south-america, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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A ‘Crossroads’ for Humanity: Earth’s Biodiversity Is Still Collapsing

Countries have made insufficient progress on international goals designed to halt a catastrophic slide, a new report found.

#biodiversity, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #global-warming, #united-nations, #wildfires

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Extinction Is Not Inevitable. These Species Were Saved.

Conservation efforts have saved up to 48 mammal and bird species since 1993, but scientists say much more is needed to stem biodiversity loss.

#biodiversity, #birds, #conservation-letters-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #horses, #mammals, #research, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Drones, Hooks and Blood: Secrets of the Shark Fishermen of Long Island

‘I don’t want to encourage other people to do this.’

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #fishing-sport, #long-island-ny, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #sharks

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A Turtle With a Permanent Smile Was Brought Back From Extinction

Scientists have rebuilt the population of Burmese roofed turtles to nearly 1,000 individuals and counting.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #myanmar, #turtles-and-tortoises, #your-feed-science

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‘Fixing the Damage We’ve Done’: Rewilding Jaguars in Argentina

Bringing back the top predator to Argentina’s wetlands could restore the health of an entire ecosystem. But inducing five felines with troubled pasts to hunt, and mate, is not easy.

#amazon-jungle, #animals, #argentina, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #jaguars, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #south-america, #tompkins-douglas-1943, #wetlands

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What It Took to Free a Whale Entangled in 4,000 Pounds of Fishing Gear

The influx of whales to cleaner waters off New York City has meant that the number of them injured or killed there is on the rise.

#army-corps-of-engineers, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environmental-conservation-department-nys, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #new-york-harbor, #nonprofit-organizations, #rekdahl-melinda, #rescues, #whales-and-whaling, #wildlife-conservation-society

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Singing Dogs Re-emerge From Extinction for Another Tune

The animal was believed to have disappeared from the highlands of New Guinea, but was found on the island’s Indonesian side.

#dogs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #genetics-and-heredity, #indonesia, #new-guinea, #papua-province-indonesia, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research

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France Prohibits a Bird Hunting Technique, 41 Years After an E.U. Ban

The country has suspended the use of glue traps, which conservationists say are cruel to animals and harm the environment.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #birds, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #france, #hunting-and-trapping, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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250 Million Years Ago, They Hibernated at the Bottom of the World

In the tusks of creatures that lived before dinosaurs, paleontologists found signs of hibernation-like metabolism.

#animal-behavior, #antarctic-regions, #communications-biology-journal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #hibernation, #paleontology, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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‘Terror Crocodile’ the Size of a Bus Fed on Dinosaurs, Study Says

The monster animal, more closely related to American alligators than modern crocodiles, had teeth the size of bananas and a strange enlarged snout.

#alligators, #dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #journal-of-vertebrate-paleontology, #paleontology

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Dolphins Have Hidden Fingers. So Do Seals. These Sea Creatures Did Not.

A recent analysis of the flippers of living and extinct marine animals shows the enduring power of “baby mittens.”

#biology-letters-journal, #crocodiles, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #evolution-biology, #fingers, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #paleontology, #penguins, #reptiles, #research, #sea-lions, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Why Chimp Moms Flock to Caves on the Savanna

When forests and woodlands don’t provide a respite from the heat, these primates find cooling centers in their arid landscape.

#breastfeeding, #caves-and-caverns, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #heatstroke, #international-journal-of-primatology, #monkeys-and-apes, #research, #senegal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Flooding in India Kills Scores of Animals, Including Endangered Rhinos

The flooding at the famous Kaziranga game reserve has drawn the attention of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who had visited the park to learn about its conservation efforts.

#assam-state-india, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #floods, #international-federation-of-red-cross-and-red-crescent-societies, #kaziranga-national-park-india, #landslides-and-mudslides, #rhinoceroses

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Scientists Accidentally Bred the Fish Version of a Liger

American paddlefish and Russian sturgeon were not supposed to be able to create hybrid offspring. Surprise!

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #genes-journal, #hungary, #reproduction-biological, #research, #sturgeon-fish, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Myanmar Plan to Breed Protected Species in Captivity Draws Criticism

Myanmar’s conservation ministry is considering captive breeding of as many as 175 threatened species, including tigers, Irrawaddy dolphins and rare birds that exist only in the wild.

#breeding-of-animals, #conservation-of-resources, #dolphins-and-porpoises, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #myanmar, #pangolins, #tigers, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

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How Koalas With an S.T.D. Could Help Humanity

When it comes to finding a vaccine for chlamydia, the world’s most popular sexually transmitted infection, koalas may prove a key ally.

#animals, #antibiotics, #bacteria, #chlamydia, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #koalas, #queensland-australia, #sexually-transmitted-diseases, #vaccination-and-immunization, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-science

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Grizzly Bears Around Yellowstone Can Stay on Endangered Species List, Court Rules

The decision by a federal appeals court protects about 700 bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from being hunted.

#bears, #conservation-of-resources, #decisions-and-verdicts, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #grand-teton-national-park-wyo, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #yellowstone-national-park

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Northern Right Whales Are on the Brink, and Trump Could Be Their Last Hope

The species was declared critically endangered on Thursday, with fewer than 450 left.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #lobsters, #whales-and-whaling

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Supreme Court Won’t Block Ruling to Halt Work on Keystone XL Pipeline

But the justices stayed the rest of a federal trial judge’s ruling striking down a permit program, allowing construction of other pipelines around the nation.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #francisco-noel-j, #keystone-pipeline-system, #morris-brian-m-1963, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #supreme-court-us, #tc-energy-corp, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Elk Return to Kentucky, Bringing Economic Life

After a concerted reintroduction effort two decades ago, the state is now home to the largest population of elk east of the Mississippi. The animals’ home: reclaimed coal mines.

#animals, #appalachian-region, #coal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #hunting-and-trapping, #kentucky, #land-use-policies, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #patton-paul-e, #your-feed-science

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Fossil Shows Wombat Relative That Weighed More Than 300 Pounds

Compared in size with modern black bears, the extinct species offers a new window into the large vombatiforms that once lived in Australia.

#australia, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #paleontology, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #wombats, #your-feed-science

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Life Hatched From Soft Eggs, Some a Foot Long, in Dinosaur Era

A football-size egg from Antarctica and baby dinosaurs from Mongolia and Argentina shine new light on ancient reptile reproduction.

#dinosaurs, #eggs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fabbri-matteo, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #legendre-lucas, #nature-journal, #norell-mark-a, #paleontology, #reptiles, #research, #wiemann-jasmina, #your-feed-science

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The Return of the Platypuses

Rescued from Australia’s fires, a small fleet of wild platypuses is launched back into their wetland home and into an uncertain future.

#animals, #canberra-australia, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #platypus, #sydney-australia, #wildfires, #your-feed-science, #zoos

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What’s Killing Jaguars in Central and South America?

Poaching of the big cats is on the rise, and a new study links their slaughter to corruption as well as investment from Chinese companies.

#belize, #bolivia, #brazil, #central-america, #china, #conservation-biology-journal, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-trade-and-world-market, #jaguars, #morcatty-thais, #nijman-vincent, #poaching-wildlife, #research, #south-america, #suriname, #your-feed-science

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Culprit for Mass Extinction 445 Million Years Ago? Global Warming

A planet heated by giant volcanic eruptions drove the earliest known wipeout of life on Earth.

#bond-david, #carbon-dioxide, #earth, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #geology, #geology-journal, #grasby-stephen, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #scotland, #volcanoes, #your-feed-science

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With an Internet of Animals, Scientists Aim to Track and Save Wildlife

Using tiny sensors and equipment aboard the space station, a project called ICARUS seeks to revolutionize animal tracking.

#animal-behavior, #animal-migration, #animals, #biodiversity, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-space-station, #mobile-applications, #poaching-wildlife, #research, #sensors, #space-and-astronomy, #wikelski-martin, #your-feed-science

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Mass Extinctions Are Accelerating, Scientists Report

Five hundred species are likely to become extinct over the next two decades, according to a new study.

#animals, #biodiversity, #ceballos-gerardo, #conservation-of-resources, #ehrlich-paul-r, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #missouri-botanical-garden, #national-autonomous-university, #population, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #your-feed-science

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Protecting Mexico’s Monarch Butterf

Climate change and the violence in Michoacán threaten Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

#butterflies-and-moths, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #michoacan-mexico, #monarch-butterfly, #monarch-butterfly-biosphere-reserve

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Coronavirus Puts Captive Orangutans’ Return to the Wild on Hold

If one ape in the forest is infected, a whole population could be wiped out, experts say. So orangutans in Indonesia’s rehabilitation centers are staying where they are.

#borneo-indonesia, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #indonesia, #joko-widodo, #monkeys-and-apes, #sumatra-indonesia

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These Birds Eat Fire, or Close to It, to Live Another Day

A willingness to experiment with new foods and ways of foraging may make some birds less vulnerable to extinction.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #barbados, #birds, #ducatez-simon, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #gujarat-state-india, #lefebvre-louis, #nature-ecologyevolution-journal, #research, #your-feed-science

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India Sees Coronavirus Threat to Fragile Population: Tigers

The country is home to most of the world’s wild tigers, and wildlife authorities announced steps to protect them.

#animal-behavior, #conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #india, #national-tiger-conservation-authority-india, #tigers, #veterinary-medicine, #your-feed-science

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7 Travel Stories to Help You Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Confined to the great indoors on Earth Day? These stories will help remind you of the natural world’s many splendors — and why environmental protections are of crucial importance for the future of the planet.

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Why Aren’t We Excited About Earth Day Anymore?

Three organizers from the first event in 1970 remind us that we still have a lot of work to do.

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Bought for a Song: An Indonesian Craze Puts Wild Birds at Risk

Songbirds are being entered into high-stakes singing competitions across the country, and conservationists say protected species are in danger.

#birds, #collectors-and-collections, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #indonesia, #joko-widodo, #poaching-wildlife

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Wildlife Collapse From Climate Change Is Predicted to Hit Suddenly and Sooner

Scientists found a “cliff edge” instead of the slippery slope they expected.

#animals, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #oceans-and-seas

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Poachers Kill More Rhinos as Coronavirus Halts Tourism to Africa

Threatened and endangered animals may become additional casualties of the pandemic.

#botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #poaching-wildlife, #rhinoceroses, #south-africa, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas, #your-feed-science

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Coronavirus: Revenge of the Pangolins

China has banned the trade of wildlife, suspecting that exotic animals infected humans. What will that really do?

#animals, #chinese-food-cuisine, #convention-on-international-trade-in-endangered-species, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #meat, #national-peoples-congress-china, #pangolins, #poaching-wildlife, #politics-and-government, #smuggling

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