We bring you the latest from around the World in wildlife and conservation news.
Pandas in the past have been poached for their fur, smuggled as cubs from their habitat for overseas buyers, and have suffered habitat loss. As a result their numbers rapidly declined. By the 1980s there were barely 1000 left in the wild. They became the poster animal for those facing extinction.
Research has discovered that dolphins develop similar personality traits to humans despite living in very different environments.
Ice loss in the Arctic is causing polar bears to use up to four times as much energy to survive according to new studies.
World Lion Day is being celebrated on August 10. The aim is to raise awareness and gather support for lion conservation. Lions are listed as an endangered species in the IUCN Red List.
A family of 15 Asian elephants has wandered over 300 miles from their home. Originally from a nature reserve in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan, they have headed north without any obvious destination. No one knows why the elephants started migrating or where they’re headed. This is the longest recorded elephant migration in China’s history.
Yellow eyed penguins are the most endangered penguin species in the world. Found only in New Zealand and nearby islands, there are only 4000 left in the wild. They grow up to 79cm tall and weigh 8.5kg. Their unique yellow band of feathers that runs around the back of their heads makes them easily identifiable.
Over 420 million wild animals were traded in 226 nations over 2 decades (between 1998 and 2018) according to new figures. The researchers said that income inequality is a driving factor behind the trade.
Up until a recent study, getting an accurate overall population assessment for African Elephants was misleading. Population increases in southern Africa, masked a decline in other parts of the continent.