‘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

Sharks, songbirds and species depleted by pet trade given extra protection | Wildlife

An international wildlife conference has moved to enact some of the most significant protection for sharks, songbirds and scores of turtles, lizards and frogs. The meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) ended on Friday in Panama. Along with protections for more than 500 species, delegates … 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

Turtle poaching for the pet trade threatens half of the world’s species Reptiles

Turtle poaching to meet the rising demand for the species as pets has pushed more than half of the nearly 300 living turtle and tortoise species closer to extinction, a global wildlife conference has heard. The 184-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), which is meeting in Panama … 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

Iberian lynx that helped save species from extinction dies aged 20 | Spain

A grumpy, strong-willed Iberian lynx called Aura that helped snatch her species from the jaws of extinction, and whose genes live on in more than 900 of the spotted and tufty-eared felines, has died in southern Spain at the record age of 20 . When Aura was born in Andalucía’s Doñana national park in 2002, … 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

Threat to sue New Zealand bird of the year competition if it does not include extinct species New Zealand

A passionate New Zealand bird lover has threatened the country’s popular bird of the year competition with legal action if it fails to include a bird that has been extinct for more than 100 years. In a phone call and follow-up email to Forest & Bird, which runs the competition, now in its 17th year, … Read more