Legal petition urges U.S. to certify that China’s pangolin trade violates Wildlife Treaty

WASHINGTON— Conservation organizations filed a legal petition today urging the U.S. secretary of the Interior to formally certify China for illegally trading in critically imperiled pangolins. If certification under the Pelly Amendment is granted, the U.S. government can sanction China, including banning all wildlife imports from the country. Pangolins are the most heavily trafficked mammals […]

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Podcast: International task force unites North America to protect salamander diversity

The U.S. is home to the world’s greatest diversity of salamanders, so experts are worried about another pandemic that is headed for the country, one that has salamanders in its sights. Researchers think that about half of these species may be susceptible to the deadly fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (or ‘Bsal’), and believe it is only […]

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The cat’s whiskers: new way of counting lions could boost conservation efforts

From widescreen high-definition wildlife documentaries to food brands, royal crests, sporting teams and Disney movies, the lion is one of the most appropriated and revered animals on the planet. But this reverence sits in contrast to the falling numbers of the living, breathing muscular cats in Africa. In recent years, scientists have discovered a major […]

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