Endangered Animals

June 29, 2022

Last Known Member of Giant Tortoise Species Thought To Be Extinct Is Discovered on Galápagos Islands

In 1906, researchers from the California Academy of Sciences captured (and stuffed) a giant tortoise. The male critter had roamed Fernandina Island, one of the islands of the gorgeous Galápagos. Known scientifically as chelonoidis phantasticus, the poor reptile was thought to be the last of its species—magnificent, ancient, yet extinct. However, after a century of tantalizing clues, biologists have shocking news. The species, whose name is Latin for “fantastic giant tortoise,” is not extinct.

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April 26, 2022

Adorable Litter of Endangered Red Wolf Pups Give Hope for Future of At-Risk Species

Native to the southeastern United States, the red wolf has been an endangered species since 1967. Since the 1970s,  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been running a captive breeding program and there is now actually a wild population in North Carolina. However, for the past four years, these wolves haven't had any pups. That all changed this year.

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March 16, 2022

Federal Judge Restores Protection to Gray Wolves in Most of the United States

The gray wolf is a conservation success story. Clawing its way back from near extinction in the 1960s, the species is once more a symbol of the American west and Great Lakes region. However, in November 2020, the Trump administration ended many of the federal regulations which had allowed the populations to recover, legalizing hunts in the electoral battleground states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

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