‘Tangled mess of inaction’: hundreds of threatened species recovery plans expiring in next six months | Endangered species

Hundreds of plans for the recovery of threatened species will reach their use-by date in the next six months as the government considers how to reform Australia’s flawed system of environmental protection. Documents released to Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws detail how underresourcing, disagreement with state governments, and the growing list of species … Read more

Alarming manatee death toll in Florida prompts calls for endangered status | Marine life

The deaths of almost 2,000 manatees in Florida’s coastal and inland waterways over the last two years has provoked an alliance of environmental groups to demand an urgent reclassification of the species to officially endangered. The advocates, led by the non-profit Center for Biological Diversity, insist the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) made a … Read more

Lost and found: noisy, tame and very active, Argentina delights in giant otter’s return | Endangered species

“This really is a big animal,” says Sebastián Di Martino, conservation director of Rewilding Argentina, emphasizing the “giant” in giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis). “It can be 1.7 meters long … the biggest otter in the world.” Until its recent rediscovery, the giant otter was feared extinct in the country as a result of habitat loss … Read more

Cambodian wildlife official among eight charged in US with smuggling endangered monkeys | Cambodia

Eight people in the US have been charged with smuggling endangered monkeys, including a Cambodian wildlife official arrested while traveling to a conference on protecting endangered species. The group – consisting of the Cambodian official, a colleague in that country’s wildlife agency and six people connected to a Hong Kong-based company – were involved in … Read more

Fish passes give endangered twaite shad a chance to swim up the Severn River and spawn fold

For nearly two centuries, one of Britain’s rarest fish has been shut out of its spawning grounds by large weirs. But the endangered twaite shad has now returned to its historic spawning habitat on the River Severn, thanks to four new fish passes which enable the migratory fish to negotiate weirs and swim up the … Read more

Lost and found: how two dead giant bees on eBay sparked the hunt to find one alive | Endangered species

or “flying bulldog” is how conservation photographer Clay Bolt described it, while local people call it king ofu, or the king of bees. Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto) is certainly a bee-hemoth. The world’s largest species of bee, it can grow to four times the size of a honeybee, with a wingspan of 64mm (2.5in). … Read more

Ten African countries accuse the EU of failing to protect hippos Endangered species

Ten African countries have accused the EU of jeopardizing the survival of the common hippopotamus by not supporting a proposed commercial trade ban, in documents seen by the Guardian. Illegal hunting for meat and ivory is thought to have wiped out hippo populations in five African states: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Liberia and Mauritania. But Brussels … Read more

Lost and found: stroke of luck that helped rediscover tiny ‘superhero’ fish | Endangered species

“Hholy loach!” … “Batman loach returns” … “Tiny superhero fish rediscovered” … It was almost inevitable that the rediscovery of the Batman River loach in a stream in eastern Turkey would spawn a slew of comic book puns in headlines around the world. “Batman is a city and province in Turkey with the same name, … Read more

Emperor penguins listed as endangered by US because of climate crisis | Endangered species

The emperor penguin, the tallest and bulkiest of all the world’s penguins, has been officially declared a threatened species by the US government due to the existential risk posed to the birds by the climate crisis. The penguins, which are endemic to Antarctica, face almost complete annihilation from the loss of sea ice over the … Read more

US law protecting endangered species hampered by poor resources, study says | US news

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has long been hampered by inadequate resources, leaving the US’s foremost law for protecting plants and animals filled with delays and failures in species recovery, researchers said on Wednesday. The findings, published in the scientific journal Plos One on the eve of the law’s 50th anniversary, helped shed light on … Read more