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    Search for ‘Asian Unicorn’ Intensifies in Attempt to Save Elusive Species

    Search for ‘Asian Unicorn’ Intensifies in Attempt to Save Elusive Species

    One of the rarest animals in the world, the saola is so elusive that no biologist has ever observed one in the wild. The critically endangered species was photographed via a camera trap in Vietnam in 2013, which was the first time the ‘Asian unicorn’ had been seen there in the wild for 15 years, the Daily Mail reported. The saola wasn’t even discovered as a species until 1992, the first to be added to the scientific roster of large mammals in more than 50 years, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

    The Case for Passive Rewilding: ‘If You Love It, Let It Free’

    The Case for Passive Rewilding: ‘If You Love It, Let It Free’

    By Alistair Walsh Henrique Miguel Pereira likes to tell the story of a grandmother in the northern mountains of Portugal who had never in her life seen a wild boar. She had spent her life in the village of Castro Laboreiro, nestled in the remote peaks of what is now Peneda-Geres National Park. It should […]

    2 in 5 Shark Species Threatened With Extinction, Says IUCN

    2 in 5 Shark Species Threatened With Extinction, Says IUCN

    More than a third of shark and ray species are directly threatened by extinction, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned on Saturday. The revelation came in the IUCN’s updated Red List assessment on endangered wildlife, which was released at the body’s World Conservation Congress in Marseilles, France. The most comprehensive survey […]

    Vanishing: Song for the Bobolink

    Vanishing: Song for the Bobolink

    What happens to us as the wild world unravels? Vanishing, an occasional essay series, explores some of the human stakes of the wildlife extinction crisis. Our small family knew bobolinks from a bird refuge four hours away. Each spring my partner and I made the trip to Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with our daughter […]

    Seahorses Extinction Assessment Reveals Threatened Species and Knowledge Gaps

    Seahorses Extinction Assessment Reveals Threatened Species and Knowledge Gaps

    The charismatic animals could serve as flagship species for ocean conservation, according to researchers, but only if we understand their extinction risks. By John R. Platt Last month conservationists working with SeaLife Aquarium in Australia dropped 18 biodegradable “hotels” into Sydney Harbor and Port Stephens to help one of the region’s most endangered species: tiny […]