Endangered Animals

August 5, 2022

Conservation Group Finds Tiger Population Is 40% Larger Than Previously Thought

A new assessment from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has recently surprised conservationists. The report estimates that the population of tigers is now anywhere between 3,726 to 5,578 worldwide, a 40% increase since 2015. This increase is a result of monitoring improvements, showing that there are more tigers than we previously knew about. IUCN’s statement says that it also shows that the global tiger population “appears to be stable or increasing.

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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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