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.
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.
A new report examines how plastic waste affects marine wildlife.
Massive volcanic eruptions ignited oil and coal deposits in Siberia in the events that led to the Permian-Triassic “Great Dying” event.
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.
Populations have rebounded in recent decades, but some scientists on the panel that evaluated the proposal said it was deeply flawed.
Climate change is shifting the habitats of endangered species and requiring conservation scientists to think outside traditional park boundaries.
To call it flying would be generous.
Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived.
Returning strategic parts of the world’s farmlands to nature could help mitigate both climate change and biodiversity loss, a new study found.
South America is filled with mammals from North America, but why more didn’t survive the reverse trip has been a natural history mystery.
Countries have made insufficient progress on international goals designed to halt a catastrophic slide, a new report found.
Conservation efforts have saved up to 48 mammal and bird species since 1993, but scientists say much more is needed to stem biodiversity loss.
‘I don’t want to encourage other people to do this.’
Scientists have rebuilt the population of Burmese roofed turtles to nearly 1,000 individuals and counting.
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.
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.
The animal was believed to have disappeared from the highlands of New Guinea, but was found on the island’s Indonesian side.
The country has suspended the use of glue traps, which conservationists say are cruel to animals and harm the environment.
In the tusks of creatures that lived before dinosaurs, paleontologists found signs of hibernation-like metabolism.
The monster animal, more closely related to American alligators than modern crocodiles, had teeth the size of bananas and a strange enlarged snout.
A recent analysis of the flippers of living and extinct marine animals shows the enduring power of “baby mittens.”
When forests and woodlands don’t provide a respite from the heat, these primates find cooling centers in their arid landscape.
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.
American paddlefish and Russian sturgeon were not supposed to be able to create hybrid offspring. Surprise!
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.
When it comes to finding a vaccine for chlamydia, the world’s most popular sexually transmitted infection, koalas may prove a key ally.
The decision by a federal appeals court protects about 700 bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from being hunted.
The species was declared critically endangered on Thursday, with fewer than 450 left.
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.
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.
Compared in size with modern black bears, the extinct species offers a new window into the large vombatiforms that once lived in Australia.
A football-size egg from Antarctica and baby dinosaurs from Mongolia and Argentina shine new light on ancient reptile reproduction.
Rescued from Australia’s fires, a small fleet of wild platypuses is launched back into their wetland home and into an uncertain future.
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.
A planet heated by giant volcanic eruptions drove the earliest known wipeout of life on Earth.
Using tiny sensors and equipment aboard the space station, a project called ICARUS seeks to revolutionize animal tracking.
Five hundred species are likely to become extinct over the next two decades, according to a new study.
Climate change and the violence in Michoacán threaten Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.
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.
A willingness to experiment with new foods and ways of foraging may make some birds less vulnerable to extinction.
The country is home to most of the world’s wild tigers, and wildlife authorities announced steps to protect them.
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.
Three organizers from the first event in 1970 remind us that we still have a lot of work to do.
Songbirds are being entered into high-stakes singing competitions across the country, and conservationists say protected species are in danger.
Scientists found a “cliff edge” instead of the slippery slope they expected.
Threatened and endangered animals may become additional casualties of the pandemic.
China has banned the trade of wildlife, suspecting that exotic animals infected humans. What will that really do?