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The gray wolf population in Wyoming has grown enough to be removed from the endangered species list and will stop receiving federal protection next month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Friday.

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Will elephants still roam earth in 20 years?updated: Fri Jun 15 2012 06:55:00

At the start of the 1980s there were more than a million elephants in Africa. During that decade, 600,000 were destroyed for ivory products. Today perhaps no more than 400,000 remain across the continent, according to Samuel Wasser of the University of Washington, who is widely recognized as an authority on the subject.

Biologists, volunteers rush to save Florida butterfly speciesupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 22:38:00

In a region saturated with spectacular aquamarine waters and bright coral reefs, the colorful Schaus swallowtail butterfly once was a familiar sight as it flitted over Biscayne National Park in South Florida.

Finding Rwanda's mountain gorillasupdated: Mon May 14 2012 05:50:00

Errol Barnett comes face to face with Rwanda's mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park.

Fighting threatens gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congoupdated: Mon May 14 2012 05:50:00

Fighting between the national army and rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is threatening mountain gorillas, a critically endangered species, the Virunga National Park said Sunday.

Australia delays decision on koala listingupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 03:16:00

The Australian government has angered koala conservationists by again delaying a decision on whether to add the national icon to the country's endangered species list.

Airlifting rhinos to safe locationupdated: Fri Nov 11 2011 05:57:00

Video shows how the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project helped move black rhinos to a safer, more spacious location.

Arabian oryx back from brink of extinctionupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 09:00:00

Forty years ago the Arabian oryx was extinct in the wild.

Searching for the Arabian Oryxupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 09:00:00

CNN's Rima Maktabi takes to the dunes of the Dubai desert in search of the fabled and endangered Arabian Oryx.

Wildlife service lists Gopher tortoise as candidate for protectionupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 18:02:00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added more populations of the Gopher tortoise to a growing list of species eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act, but limited resources will prevent the agency from doing more at this time.

Philadelphia art store owner charged with smuggling African ivoryupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 14:30:00

The owner of a Philadelphia art store was arrested Tuesday and charged with smuggling and conspiracy for illegally importing and selling African elephant ivory, according to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Fungal disease may warrant endangered protection for bat speciesupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 18:56:00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun the first steps toward determining whether two species of cave-dwelling bats warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

'Arabian unicorn' saved from extinctionupdated: Thu Jun 16 2011 00:33:00

The return of wild oryx to the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula is being hailed as a conservation success story.

Study: Mountain gorilla population growingupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 14:34:00

The number of mountain gorillas, which are a critically endangered species, has increased by more than 26% in regions in eastern Africa, according to a new survey released Friday.

The endangered gorillas of Gomaupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 05:19:00

Conservationists plan a bold experiment, reintroducing orphaned, endangered gorillas back into their forest habitat.

Saving the tigersupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 14:40:00

CNN's Colleen McEdwards shows us a Russian tiger park helping to save the species.

'Critical habitat' set aside in Alaska for polar bearsupdated: Wed Nov 24 2010 17:56:00

The setting aside of 187,000 square miles in Alaska as "critical habitat" for polar bears could have an impact on oil and gas drilling, federal and environmental officials said Wednesday.

Anderson Cooper meets amazing animalsupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:01:00

Anderson Cooper tries to understand what animals think. Can they really communicate or are they parroting for a treat?

Facts of life behind cute animal facesupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 11:01:00

An elephant calf runs through a sprinkler, trunk held high with excitement. An orphan sea otter pup cries noisily until keepers join him in the pool for a swim. A tiny tiger cub sneaks up on its mother and pounces, only to be subjected to a thorough licking.

33 endangered, threatened sea turtles released into Gulf watersupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 16:40:00

Months after rescuers found them struggling and covered in oil, 33 endangered and threatened young sea turtles are finally going home to the Gulf of Mexico.

Plant species in peril, report warnsupdated: Thu Sep 30 2010 09:42:00

Over one-fifth of the world's plant species are threatened with extinction according to a new study compiled by the UK's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London.

Madagascar rain forests, Florida's Everglades listed as endangeredupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 07:36:00

Florida's Everglades National Park and rain forests in Madagascar have been added to a list of world heritage sites in danger.

Brown pelican long a symbol of survivalupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 08:03:00

Long before the brown pelican came to symbolize the tragedy of the Gulf oil spill, the giant bird stood for something much greater: survival against all odds.

Madagascan bird declared extinctupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 12:17:00

The Alaotra Grebe, a small diving bird native to Madagascar has been officially classified extinct, according to a leading bird conservation organization.

Photographer of endangered wildlife in race against time, apathyupdated: Sat Apr 24 2010 10:21:00

Joel Sartore's photograph of gentle Bryn is a permanent record, but she has been lost forever.

Rare rhino pregnancy fuels hope for endangered speciesupdated: Sat Feb 20 2010 07:15:00

When the news came, animal conservationist Susie Ellis was ecstatic. This wasn't just an extraordinary pregnancy, but hope for the survival of a vanishing species.

Koalas in Australia dying from AIDS, habitat lossupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 02:23:00

On the operating table lies a sick koala. He's just been brought in by a driver who found the animal sitting in the middle of a busy road. Veterinarian Claude Lacasse determines the koala has not been hit by a car but she immediately detects one serious problem facing many of the marsupials: Chlamydia, a disease which can lead to a very slow and painful death for koalas living in the wild.

'Koala AIDS' spreadingupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 02:23:00

Australia's koala population is in rapid decline following urbanization and disease. CNN's Anna Coren reports.

Group to focus on saving amphibiansupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 04:52:00

The world has a new alliance to save vanishing frogs, toads and salamanders.

Rare dolphins discovered deep in jungleupdated: Wed Apr 01 2009 08:17:00

The Irrawaddy, one of the world's rarest species of freshwater dolphins, have been found in surprisingly large numbers deep in the waterlogged jungles of Bangladesh.

Many bird populations in trouble, report saysupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 18:30:00

Bird populations native to several areas of the globe are in decline, with some teetering on the brink of extinction, according to a multi-agency report, the first of its kind, released Thursday.

Obama overturns Bush endangered species ruleupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 20:41:00

President Obama on Tuesday overturned a last-minute Bush administration regulation that many environmentalists claim weakened the Endangered Species Act.

Environmentalists blast changes to Endangered Species rulesupdated: Fri Dec 12 2008 01:19:00

The Bush administration cleared the way Thursday for federal agencies to skip consultations with government scientists when embarking on projects that could impact endangered wildlife, the interior secretary said.

Rare monkeys spotted in Vietnamupdated: Sun Dec 07 2008 22:38:00

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown group of rare monkeys in the forests of Vietnam.

Bush set to relax endangered species rulesupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 10:24:00

Animals and plants in danger of becoming extinct could lose the protection of government experts who make sure that dams, highways and other projects don't pose a threat, under regulations the Bush administration is set to put in place before President-elect Obama can reverse them.

Report: One in four mammals face extinctionupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 07:44:00

Nearly a fourth of the world's mammals are threatened with extinction, a leading international conservation group said Monday as it unveiled its latest global study of the problem.

Report: Mammals threatenedupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 07:44:00

Nearly a fourth of the world's mammals are endangered, says an international conservation group IUCN. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

Study: 1 in 4 mammals at risk of extinctionupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 18:06:00

Nearly a fourth of the world's mammals are threatened with extinction, a leading international conservation group said Monday as it unveiled its latest global study of the problem.

Time.com: The Last of the Tasmanian Devils (and Other Critters)updated: Mon Oct 06 2008 16:00:00

How habitat loss and degradation are driving down the numbers of thousands of mammalian species

Time.com: Scientists: 1 in 4 Mammals Faces Extinctionupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 12:00:00

Conservationists have taken the first detailed look at the world's mammals in more than a decade, and the news isn't good

Polar bears 'threatened'updated: Fri Oct 03 2008 12:50:00

The U.S. rules against granting the polar bear full endangered status, but the species will be protected.

Time.com: Study Says Grizzlies Thriving in Montanaupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 16:00:00

The majestic grizzly bear, once king of the Western wilderness but threatened with extinction for a third of a century, has roared back in Montana

Time.com: Cactus Thieves Running Amokupdated: Fri Aug 29 2008 19:00:00

Zealous collectors and money-minded peyote smugglers are ravaging Mexico and the Southwest U.S. for cactus plants, threatening some rare and endangered species

Time.com: Endangered Species: In More Danger updated: Tue Aug 12 2008 18:00:00

Analysis: The White House's proposed overhaul of the Endangered Species Act is its latest end-run around Congress to undo one of the real success stories of the green movement

Time.com: Bush to Relax Protected Species Actupdated: Tue Aug 12 2008 06:55:00

he Bush administration wants federal agencies to decide for themselves whether highways, dams, mines and other construction projects might harm endangered animals and plants

Time.com: Good News: Gorillas Thrive updated: Tue Aug 05 2008 18:25:00

Conservationists find 125,000 undiscovered western lowland gorillas in Africa, suggesting the species is safe

Eco Quiz: Turtlesupdated: Mon Aug 04 2008 03:05:00

Out of the seven known species of turtles, how many are officially listed as endangered species by the U.S?

IUCN Red List for birds 2008updated: Mon Jul 14 2008 08:53:00

In May 2008, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) published its Red List for birds.The latest research shows that one in eight bird species are at risk of extinction. Climate change, the report says, is firmly established as an accelerant to many of the factors contributing to loss in the number of species.

Time.com: Coral Reefs Face Extinctionupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 13:40:00

One-third of reef-building coral are threatened, scientists say, making corals the Earth's most endangered species

Fortune: The Southwest desert's real estate boomupdated: Fri Jul 11 2008 04:38:00

Doug Buchanan grins with relief when he sees the carcasses. He has just driven up a steep dirt road onto a vast, sunbaked mesa overlooking the Mojave Desert in western Nevada. There, a few feet from the trail, lie the corpses of two steers. A raven perches on one, the only object more than three feet above the ground on this pancake-flat plateau. Cattle, dead or alive, qualify as good news in Buchanan's line of work. If cattle are present, that means grazing is permitted, and that in turn means that this land is most likely not protected habitat for the desert tortoise.

Rare rhino charges cameraupdated: Thu May 29 2008 13:19:00

A rare rhino seen on video from a hidden camera in the jungles of Indonesia's Java island charges at the camera.

Time.com: Humpback Whale Numbers Risingupdated: Fri May 23 2008 12:00:00

Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpback whales have made a dramatic comeback in the North Pacific Ocean over the past four decades, a new study says

Time.com: US: Polar Bear a Threatened Speciesupdated: Wed May 14 2008 16:00:00

(WASHINGTON) -- The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species Wednesday, saying it must be protected because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming.Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne cited dramatic declines in sea ice over the last three decades and projections of continued losses. These declines, he told a news conference, mean the polar bear is a species likely to be in danger of extinction in the near future.Kempthorne also said, though, that it would be "inappropriate" to use the protection of the bear to reduce greenhouse gases, or to broadly address climate change.Reflecting views recently expressed by President Bush, Kempthorne said the Endangered Species Act was "never meant to regulate global climate change."He said the decision to list the bear includes administrative actions aimed at limiting the impact of the decision on energy development and other climate related activities."This listing will not stop global climate change or prevent any sea ice from melt

Time.com: Will the Polar Bear Survive?updated: Fri May 02 2008 20:00:00

U.S. Fish and Wildlife must decide on the polar bear this month. But does the species really need protection?

Off the endangered listupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 10:40:00

Several people discuss the controversy surrounding the delisting of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species list.

Gray wolf: Still endangered?updated: Tue Apr 08 2008 10:40:00

The gray wolf was officially removed from the Endangered Species Act's "threatened" list Friday after three decades -- a decision that has stoked controversy among environmentalists and ranchers.

CNN Student News: Questions about Planet in Perilupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 13:37:00

Before students watch Planet in Peril, use these questions to focus their attention on the concepts they will explore in the program:

Tigers: a vanishing actupdated: Tue Feb 05 2008 11:27:00

The wild population of all tigers -- including Bengal, Sumatran, Siberian and Indochinese tigers -- stands at a maximum of 7,000 and a minimum of 5,000, according to figures from the World Wildlife Fund.

Time.com: Polar Bears Wait-Listed as Endangeredupdated: Thu Jan 17 2008 22:00:00

The government plans to delay its decision to put the polar bear on the endangered list until after it leases 30 million acres near Alaska for oil and gas drilling. What gives?

Time.com: Groups to Sue for Polar Bear Protectionupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 09:00:00

Three conservation groups notified the federal government Wednesday they intend to sue to get polar bears listed as a threatened species due to global warming

Time.com: Saving Monkeys from Extinctionupdated: Tue Nov 06 2007 10:00:00

A recent census of the world's primate population finds that many of them are in danger of disappearing

Drought bureaucracyupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 09:51:00

How did Georgia's drought become a ''disaster of federal bureaucracy?'' CNN's Josh Levs reports.

Georgia governor, corps differ over extent of water emergencyupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 09:51:00

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a water supply emergency in north Georgia on Saturday as its water resources dwindled to a dangerously low level after months of drought.

Time.com: Farewell to the Yangtze River Dolphinupdated: Fri Aug 10 2007 08:00:00

Scientists say the species is probably extinct, the victim of overfishing and environmental degradation on China's crowded waterway

Bald eagle soars off endangered listupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 03:05:00

The bald eagle, America's national symbol, is flying high after spending three decades in recovery. On Thursday, the government took the eagle off the Endangered Species Act's "threatened" list.

Eagles under new threatupdated: Mon Jul 16 2007 03:05:00

Eagles under new threat

All creatures great, small and disappearingupdated: Mon Jun 11 2007 06:24:00

Ever caught a glimpse of the secretive Iberian lynx? Or heard the croaking bark of a Mediterranean monk seal?

Protecting polar bears: Your e-mailsupdated: Thu Dec 28 2006 09:45:00

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne says polar bears are no match for global warming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has proposed listing polar bears as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, but a decision on the listing isn't expected for a year.

Polar bears may get protectionupdated: Wed Dec 27 2006 17:15:00

Polar bears may be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because of a loss of habitat that jeopardizes their survival, the Interior secretary said Wednesday.

Toad case reveals Roberts as activistupdated: Thu Aug 04 2005 13:55:00

Supreme Court nominee John Roberts serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit -- an immensely influential circuit court.

Fifth of bird species 'threatened'updated: Wed Jun 01 2005 08:40:00

More than a fifth of the world's bird species are threatened with extinction, according to an annual survey published on Wednesday.

Saving Sri Lanka's sea turtlesupdated: Fri Jan 07 2005 06:22:00

The tsunami ended so many human lives, the environmental impact has taken second place.

Payback Time For The Cock Of The Prairieupdated: Mon Dec 06 2004 17:01:00

Is the strutting sage grouse, iconic bird of the Western steppe, an endangered species? No doubt about it, say environmentalists, who petitioned for federal protection for the "cock of the prairie," as Lewis and Clark fondly dubbed it.

Fortune: Swapping Swamplandupdated: Mon Apr 15 2002 00:01:00

Steve Morgan has an acre of swampland he'd like to sell you. You'll have to stop by his office, located in a strip mall outside Sacramento next to a store called Wigs R U, and you'd better bring ar...

Fortune: OUR SPIRITED REPUBLICANS, THE GREAT COED BATHROOM CAPER, INSECTS ON THE MARCH, AND OTHER MATTERS.updated: Mon Dec 25 1995 00:01:00

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Fortune: CAN COLD CAPITALISTS SAVE THE VICUNA?updated: Mon Dec 25 1995 00:01:00

A connection between the beady-eyed American alligator and the doe-eyed vicuna, the national symbol of Peru, isn't easy to find. Yet the vicuna, a pretty relative of the camel, shares a relationshi...

Fortune: Landlords vs. the Inquisition, the species nobody knows, unsung CEOs, and other matters. GOD AT WORKupdated: Mon Feb 10 1992 00:01:00

On the assumption that concerned citizens are beyond hope when it comes to environmental policy, Kindly Dr. Keeping Up herewith offers a guide for those who remain steadfastly unconcerned about the...

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