extinction

Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25, Wild Birds on the Edge. With 1 in 8 wild birds listed as at-risk on the IUCN Redlist, we dedicate this week’s Top 25 to these birds, on the edge of extinction. The IUCN Redlist is the leading authority for categorising at-risk species, they use a number...

The last few weeks have been pretty eventful for the axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum), a critically endangered Mexican salamander. At the end of January the charismatic creature was feared to be extinct in the wild when a three-month survey in its natural habitat, Lake Xochimilco in Mexico City, turned up no axolotls, according to biologist Luis Zambrano...

Talking Tigers: Part 3 of a 12-part series We pulled out of the honking pandemonium of morning traffic into the cement schoolyard of Chhotubhai Patel High School. It was only slightly quieter than the street. Hundreds of kids milled about or huddled in small groups, practicing cheers that blended into a rhythmic, unintelligible wall of...

Deep in the forests of Chile, a frog has gone silent, possibly forever—and an epidemic fungus may be the culprit. Northern Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma rufum) is likely extinct due to the effects of the fungal disease chytridiomycosis that’s killing amphibians around the world, a new study says. “Only a few examples of the ‘extinction by infection’...

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 Professional climbers and skiiers maintain a certain amount...

The hot, African sun is rising and Paola Bouley hopes that she can pull this off before sundown. She and park scout Lucas Togarepe zip around Chitengo camp gathering supplies and getting their truck in order. She got news that a lion pride she’s been looking for is nearby and she doesn’t want to lose...

The hot, African sun is rising and Paola Bouley hopes that she can pull this off before sundown. She and park scout Lucas Togarepe zip around Chitengo camp gathering supplies and getting their truck in order. She got news that a lion pride she’s been looking for is nearby and she doesn’t want to lose...