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# Endangered

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# madagascar
Three critically endangered lemur babies born at Fota Wildlife Park
Less than 250 Black and white ruffed lemurs remain in the wild today.
# cheetah cubs
Rare Asiatic cheetah cubs born in captivity in Iran
There are just a dozen cheetahs known to be living in Iran.
All time
# Endangered
Limerick man accused of trafficking rhino horns is extradited to US
A barrister for John Slattery expressed concern about his client’s transfer to a Texas prison because he is in a high-risk category in respect of Covid-19.
# Nature
Australia's egg-laying duck-billed platypus population is under threat
A three-year survey of the duck-billed animal suggested its numbers had fallen by 30%.
# Kenya Wildlife Service
'A complete disaster': Eight out of 14 endangered rhinos die after moving to a new park
The loss of so many in one go is unprecedented – an investigation has been launched.
# Salman Khan
Bollywood superstar jailed for five years for killing endangered antelopes 20 years ago
Bad boy actor Salman Khan had earlier been found guilty of killing endangered wildlife nearly two decades ago.
# Climate Change
This tiny gull likes to nest along Ireland's cliffs. It's facing global extinction
Globally, the species is thought to have declined by around 40% since the 1970s.
# Research
New species of orangutan discovered in Indonesia - but it's already endangered
Until recently, scientists thought there were only two genetically distinct types of orangutan.
# National Park
Rhino kills conservationist in Rwanda
Hungarian Krisztian Gyongyi had been helping reintroduce the black rhino to Akagera National Park.
# vaquita
Tiny Mexican porpoise on the brink of extinction can only be saved by captivity
Captivity is the only thing that can save the Mexican vaquita, who are already extremely genetically inbred.
# orchids
Over 100 native Irish plants are endangered, including these well-known favourites
Twenty vascular plants (or 1.7% of those assessed) are critically endangered, 25 (2.1%) are endangered and 61 (5.0%) are vulnerable.
# hawaiian monk seals
Call to euthanise feral cats as faeces leads to deaths of endangered seal species
Federal researchers believe faeces from the legions of feral cats roaming Hawaii is spreading a disease that is killing Hawaiian monk seals.
# Endangered
Fears for South African penguin 'freed' from aquarium
The students who let the penguin out thought they were doing the animal a favour.
# carnivores
New study shows tigers, lions and other carnivores becoming endangered as prey dwindles
A quarter of the main land carnivores’ prey are now threatened themselves.
# spider baby
A new cute baby spider monkey has been born at Fota
Colombian spider monkeys are critically endangered in the wild.
# rawr
Check out these beautiful, super-rare photos of mountain lions up close
A bit *too* close.
# pika
Extremely rare (and cute) animal photographed for the first time in 20 years
Meet the Ili pika.
# Endangered
Poachers turned gamekeepers: Rwanda looks to hunters to save mountain gorillas
The poachers say hunting was the only way to make a living.
# Indonesia
Two endangered elephants found dead with their tusks removed
There are fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild.
# lucky shot
Irish Air Corps capture amazing video of rare fin whale leaping out of the sea
Fin whales are the second largest animals on the planet.
# horn of the dance
Environmental groups want to know if Flatley has a licence for that horn of his
The rhino horn was stolen from the dancer’s house in Cork last week.
# Dublin Zoo
Over one million people visited Dublin Zoo in 2013
A number of high profile additions helped the numbers including an Asian lion and two snow leopards.
# dolphins
Scientists discover new species of dolphin
The Wildlife Conservation Society said it was a significant finding as identifying a new mammal species is rare.
# Endangered
Bog action group criticised for ‘appalling persecution’ of endangered bird
TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan said An Taisce needs to “stop burning bloody bridges” but said his association did not condone the group’s action.
# The Future
Scientists launch animal sperm bank to recreate populations on other planets
The scientists in Japan were quick to stress that there is presently no human application for the technology but this may be explored in the future.
# hairy babies
Ah would ya look, two endangered baby mangabeys born at Dublin Zoo
The half-brother and sister are thriving and actually get on very well as brother and sister – take note you guys.
# Endangered
US wildlife agency to list all chimpanzees as endangered
The move, hailed by primatologists, would afford all chimpanzees protected status and affect their use in medical research.
# Endangered
13 endangered Borneo elephants found dead in one month
Police are investigating suspicions that the elephants were poisoned.
# Whale
Whale beached in New York neighbourhood dies
The endangered fin whale was found in the Breezy Point neighbourhood of Queens yesterday.
# Work Can Wait
Introducing three creatures you may never have heard of...
Are you sick of cats?
# Happy Birthday
Dublin Zoo celebrates Betty and Wendy's golden years
As part of the celebrations, Dublin Zoo will be offering free entry to all those aged 50 or over on Wednesday.
# Monkey Business
Man caught trying to board plane with monkey in his pants
# Endangered
Lemurs are "the world's most threatened mammal"
The destruction of their tropical forest habitat and an upsurge in hunting has been blamed for depleting lemur numbers.
# Koalas
Koalas listed as 'vulnerable' in parts of Australia
Environment minister says koala populations are threatened by loss of habitat, urban expansion, dogs and disease.
# Animals
Four accused of eating endangered Zimbabwe tortoises
The men admitted killing 40 of the endangered animals, while another 13 live tortoises were found in a house raised by invesetigators.
# Endangered
Endangered Siamese crocodiles hatch in Laos
Experts say there could be as few as 300 of the crocodiles left in the wild. These baby crocs will be released when they’re about 18 months old.
# New Species
Gallery: 615 new species discovered in Madagascar since 1999
Look through some of the World Wildlife Fund’s photos of new lemurs, chameleons and snakes discovered on the fourth-largest island in the world.