Endangered and extinct species

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 20, 2018 file photo, giraffes and zebras congregate under the shade of a tree in the afternoon in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. The Trump administration has taken a first step toward extending protections for giraffes under the Endangered Species Act, following legal pressure from environmental groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that its initial review has determined there is “substantial information that listing may be warranted” for giraffes. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
April 25, 2019 - 12:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took a first step Thursday toward extending protections for giraffes under the Endangered Species Act, following legal pressure from environmental groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that its initial review has determined there is "...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2019 file photo, David Bernhardt, a former oil and gas lobbyist, speaks before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at his confirmation hearing to head the Interior Department, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate has confirmed Bernhardt as the Interior secretary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 11, 2019 - 2:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. The Senate voted 56-41 to...
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In this March 12, 2019 photo released by the Sea Shepherd organization, the body of a dead animal believed to be a vaquita, a critically endangered species of porpoise, floats in the ocean after being found in an illegal totoaba net recovered by Sea Shepherd in the Gulf of California off of Mexico. The environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said Thursday, March 14, 2019 that it found the badly decomposed body of what appeared to be a vaquita porpoise, one of perhaps only 10 that remain in the world. (Sea Shepherd via AP)
March 21, 2019 - 9:02 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Thursday it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the world's most endangered marine mammal, in a bid to save the last remaining 10 or so vaquita marina porpoises. The Environment Department promised to provide social programs and jobs for fishing...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 file photo, Russ Lewis covers his eyes from a gust of wind and a blast of sand as Hurricane Florence approaches Myrtle Beach, S.C. According to a scientific report from the United Nations released on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides and hormone-changing chemicals in the water are making the planet an increasing unhealthy place for people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 13, 2019 - 6:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says. Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics,...
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FILE - This June 30, 2017 remote camera image released by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and her mate with a pup born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that's run into conflicts with farmers and ranchers after rebounding in some regions, an official told The Associated Press, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)
March 06, 2019 - 3:57 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that's run into conflicts with farmers and ranchers after rebounding in some regions, an official told The Associated Press. Acting...
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In this Friday, March 1, 2019, activists display posters near an orangutan mural during a protest against the construction of a Chinese-backed dam that they claimed will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan species in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. A state administrative court in North Sumatra's capital, Medan, ruled that the construction can continue despite critics of the 510-megawatt hydro dam providing evidence that its environmental impact assessment was deeply flawed. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
March 04, 2019 - 7:32 pm
MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Environmentalists lost a court challenge Monday to a Chinese-backed dam in Indonesia that will rip through the habitat of the most critically endangered orangutan species. The state administrative court in North Sumatra's capital, Medan, ruled that construction can continue...
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This photo released by the Galapagos National Park, a Chelonoidis phantasticus tortoise rests at Galapagos National Park in Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Park rangers and the Galapagos Conservancy found the tortoise, a species that was thought to have become extinct one hundred years ago. (Galapagos National Park via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 7:25 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina. An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a...
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This Thursday, May 24, 2007 photo released by the U. S. Geological Survey shows a burrowing owl in the Salton Sea, Calif. Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, LAX. The Los Angeles Times says Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 that the 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years. Scientists attribute the return of the migratory owls to ongoing restoration work in the area. (Douglas Barnum, U. S. Geological Survey via AP))
February 17, 2019 - 5:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Among the...
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February 16, 2019 - 9:29 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As World Pangolin Day is marked around the globe, Saturday, some conservationists in South Africa are working to protect the endangered animals, including caring for a few that have been rescued from traffickers. The eighth annual pangolin day is celebrated to raise awareness...
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This image taken from video and made available by London Zoo, shows Sumatran tiger named Asim at London Zoo, Wednesday Jan. 30, 2019. Asim was recently transfered to London from a Danish safari park to serve as a new mate for female resident tiger Melati. (London Zoo via AP)
February 02, 2019 - 1:30 pm
LONDON (AP) — A rare Sumatran tiger is getting acquainted with his new home after arriving at the London Zoo this week. Asim, from Ree Park Safari in Denmark, was moved to the zoo Tuesday as a new mate for its resident female, 10-year-old Melati. The zoo's head tiger keeper, Kathryn Sanders, says "...
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