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World’s First Look at the Myanmar Snub-Nosed Monkey

Researchers working in Northern Myanmar captured the first photographs of the recently discovered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey, Rhinopithecus strykeri. The images were reported by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) on 10 January 2012. A joint team from Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA) and People Resources and Conservation Foundation (PRCF), caught pictures of the monkey on camera traps placed in the high, forested mountains of Kachin state, bordering China.

 


New Species Discovered In The Mekong River Region

A new monkey, a self-cloning skink, five carnivorous plants, and a unique leaf warbler are among the 208 species newly described by science in the Greater Mekong region in 2010 and highlighted in a new WWF report, Wild Mekong.


World’s Largest Shark Sanctuary Declared in Central Pacific

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is now home to the world’s largest shark sanctuary. The Nitijela, the Marshallese parliament, unanimously passed legislation last week  that ends commercial fishing of sharks in all 1,990,530 square kilometers (768,547 square miles) of the central Pacific country’s waters, an ocean area four times the landmass of California.


Over 1,000 Species Newly Discovered In New Guinea

Final Frontier: Newly Discovered species of New Guinea (1998 – 2008), a WWF study reports that 1,060 new species have been discovered the island of New Guinea from 1998 to 2008.


Tropical Birds Return to Harvested Rainforest Areas in Brazil: Bird species thought extinct came back to the forests

Bird species in rainforest fragments in Brazil that were isolated by deforestation disappeared then reappeared over a quarter-century, according to research results published on June 22, 2011 in the journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) ONE.  

 


Endangered Monkey Survives in Tiny Private Paradise in Peru

A conservation area covering a mere 23.5 hectares has become a refuge for a unique and endangered animal species in the northeastern Peruvian region of San Martín: the Andean titi monkey.


International Efforts Save Dugongs

Dugongs are believed to have been at the origin of mermaid legends when spotted swimming in the water from a distance. Now the remaining populations of this seemingly clumsy sea mammal, commonly known as a sea cow, are at serious risk of becoming extinct within the next 40 years.


New Conservation E-Tool to Track Trade in Wild Animals and Plants

The Trade Data Dashboards, that were launched to mark the 35th anniversary of CITES, are a new, interactive way of viewing the wildlife trade data submitted by the governments of the 175 member countries of CITES.


Three Species of Birds from Latin America and the Caribbean Listed for U.S. Endangered Species Act Protection

Three species of birds from Latin America and the Caribbean will be protected by the Endangered Species Act under a final rule published in the August 17, 2010  Federal Register by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Northern Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf Receives Renewed Protection

On August 5, 2010, a U.S. District court overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to remove gray wolves in the Northern Rockies from the endangered species list. The court sided conservation organizations that sued to restore federal protections.


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