Black-footed ferrets: Saving an endangered species with peanut butter?

Black-footed ferrets: Saving an endangered species with peanut butter?

Photo by Jared Belson Black-footed ferrets are extremely endangered, and unfortunately, their main source of prey is putting their small populations in even more jeopardy. Black-footed ferrets hunt and eat prairie dogs, which are susceptible to sylvatic plague, which is caused by Yersinia pestis (the bacterium also responsible for bubonic plague). Not only does the […]

Amur leopards: Good news for the species!

Amur leopards: Good news for the species!

Amur leopards are one of the rarest- and most endangered- big cats in the world. In 2007, a census showed 30 individual animals in Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia. A recent census, gathered from carefully placed cameras, shows that the population has almost doubled- they counted 57! With the large number of […]

Shelter dogs are helping endangered species!

Shelter dogs are helping endangered species!

Dogs helping scientists find tortoises, orcas and koalas? Is there anything man’s best friend CAN’T do? It’s pretty amazing to see the ways that dogs are helping us save endangered species, and now dogs are helping researchers determine population numbers of the Cross River gorilla. Unfortunately, the Cross River gorilla is so endangered that it […]

Whales and sound: a new understanding

Whales and sound: a new understanding

Most species of baleen whales are endangered. Fortunately, new research is focusing on helping these beautiful animals, and it all started with studying their skulls. Researchers created a 3D computer model of the skull of a fin whale to attempt to understand the way these whales process sound. By passing simulated sound waves through the […]

Operation Rhino Drop: A last-ditch effort to save the species

Operation Rhino Drop: A last-ditch effort to save the species

Rhinos are extremely endangered animals. It’s estimated that there are only about 30,000 left in the wild, and in Africa, every 7 hours, a rhino is killed by poachers for its horn. Relocating rhinos to a safer location could be an important step in saving the species, and that’s where Operation Rhino Drop comes in. […]

Rhino poaching: Man’s best friend to the rescue?

Rhino poaching: Man’s best friend to the rescue?

In Africa, poaching is a serious concern. Over 1,000 rhinos have been killed in 2014, and elephants are at risk because poachers kill them for their ivory. Part of the potential solution? Dogs, trained to sniff out contraband and chase down poachers. An anti-poaching academy northwest of Johannesburg trains dogs and their handlers and currently […]