The state of New York crushed its stockpile of nearly 2 tons of confiscated elephant ivory into dust, sending a message that the state will not tolerate this crime against wildlife.
Conservation is a major issue around the world with the impacts that humans have on natural ecosystems through activities from mining, building new cities and global warming. There are many conservation groups and efforts that lobby for the conservation of particular species (for example, the polar bear) or groups of animals (for example, tigers), while others are aimed at entire habitats, such as the Amazon rainforest. Conservation efforts can also aim to protect natural resources. Some conservation is done by setting aside national parks and wildlife preserves, while other conservation works targets specific threats to particular species. Read about various conservation efforts and issues below.
The photo book “Big Pacific,” companion to the five-part PBS series, showcases the stunning marine life living in the Pacific Ocean, and highlights the conservation challenges they face.
Author Rebecca Tansley told Live Science how the photos and stories of the book "Big Pacific" came together.
Must the money raised to save wildlife always aid the most popular animals? New research suggests that marketing can persuade donors that northern hairy-nosed wombat lives matter too.
Join Live Science as we sit down with Annette Libeskind Berkovits, author of "Confessions of an Accidental Zoo Curator."
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What goes on behind the scenes at a zoo? Author Annette Libeskind Berkovits, retired Senior Vice President for Education at the Bronx Zoo, has plenty of stories to tell.
A polar bear at the San Diego Zoo named Tatqiq recently went the extra mile to help scientific research.
Scientists gave killer whales a breathalyzer to test the animals' health, and found that the orcas are carrying some human pathogens.
The roly-poly West Indian manatee is doing so well that officials downgraded the species from endangered to threatened.
Swallowed fishhooks are a deadly and unexplored threat to freshwater turtles, and a new study is the first to estimate the impact of fishhook deaths on turtle populations.
Scientists recently described two new species of clown tree frogs, re-evaluating how the frogs were previously identified.
The Trump administration and Republicans have introduced at least 11 pieces of legislation that could weaken the Endangered Species Act or prevent some threatened wildlife from being protected.
Modified facial-recognition software is helping scientists recognize individual lemurs from a distance.
A tree-dwelling Cropan's boa snake recently captured in Brazil is the first living specimen seen in 64 years.
A new study could help explain why so many snow leopards get killed in retaliation for eating domestic animals.
A newly discovered gecko species belongs to a group with an unusual defensive strategy that might make your skin crawl.