A humpback whale jumps to the surface of the Pacific Ocean GETTY IMAGES More than 350 scientists and conservationists from 40 countries have signed a letter calling for global action to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises from extinction. They say more than half of all species are of conservation concern, […]

The species is among 28 animals being assessed for potential upgrade of their threat status as their numbers plummet following sweeping bushfires. PHOTOGRAPH: GETTY IMAGES THIS STORY ORIGINALLY appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The koala is being considered for official listing as endangered after the summer’s bushfire disaster […]

The Ice Age-era bear was found on the Lyakhovsky Islands in north-east Russia NORTH-EASTERN FEDERAL UNIVERSITY The immaculately preserved remains of an Ice Age-era bear have been unearthed by reindeer herders in the Russian Arctic, researchers have said. The bear was revealed by the melting permafrost on the Lyakhovsky Islands […]

An endangered white-handed gibbon: The right conservation strategies can save the day GETTY IMAGES Scientists have calculated how many mammals might be lost this century, based on fossil evidence of past extinctions. Their predictions suggest at least 550 species will follow in the footsteps of the mammoth and sabre-toothed cat. […]