— “this marks the first time the state law has been used to give protection to a species that is mainly threatened by climate change.” read : joshua trees protected under the california endangered species act in historic vote


— the EDGE program, which stands for “evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered,” is a unique conservation program in that it seeks focal species not based on the potential for dollars raised or articles written or instagram followers secured, but on the desire to preserve, as far as possible, distinct evolutionary branches that are in danger of being chopped off. read : the way we decide which endangered species to conserve


  — before european colonization, the condor, could be found soaring over the southwest and along the pacific coast from baja, mexico, to british columbia read : california condor returns to sequoia national park. thanks, endangered species act


— “i think it’s sometimes portrayed as: you have whales, or you can have fishing,” said amy knowlton, a senior scientist at the new england aquarium. “what we’re trying to say is you can still fish if you can do it in a safer way for the whales.” read : north atlantic right whales now officially ‘one step from extinction’


— “now, a new genetics study of these wolves shows that populations in three of the region’s game management units, including pow, are more inbred than even the troubled isle royale population in michigan. it notes there is a ‘hidden and insidious’ threat of ‘an extinction vortex’ for populations like these.” read : rare wolf in southeast alaska


— “the one thing that is missing is education,” lao said. “we need to educate the public that chinese medicine emphasises the balance between humans and nature, so we have to respect nature.” read : TCM supporters condemn illegal wildlife trade


— “we know that many emerging infectious diseases in recent times have originated in wild animals. many of them were not considered illegally-traded cites-listed species. however, illegal wildlife trade flows will only make these episodes worse, by degrading or bringing people too close to animal habitats, and therefore contributing to the spread of diseases.” read : there are no winners in the illegal trade in wildlife


—they are failing to reproduce and scientists project they could become functionally extinct in california by the end of the century. read : joshua trees may warrant listing as a threatened species more : desert sun


— “i go out half an hour after dark. then i go out every hour until half past midnight, it takes them half an hour to get down from the mountains,” said painting, who keeps animal boxes in her taxi to hold the chicks, which are fluffy, heavy and grey. “if there’s a lot of birds coming down i can go all night, if i have passengers they’ll help me too.” read : taxi! endangered new zealand seabirds get a lift to safety


— van holstein said: “we are standing on the shoulders of giants. in chapter 3 of on the origin of species darwin said animal lineages with more species should also contain more ‘varieties’. subspecies is the modern definition”. read : one of darwin’s evolution theories finally proved


— the study covered a wide range of hong kong supermarkets and convenience stores across all districts. surprisingly, almost 50% of the eel products surveyed were determined to be european eel. the results from this study suggested that large scale smuggling networks trafficking european eels are interwoven with local supplier chains, resulting in endangered species ending up on supermarket shelves.   read : endangered species on supermarket shelves