Species

  • 173 bird species threatened in India: Report 4 days ago

    Kolkata: Over 170 species of birds in the country are threatened, with eight new species added to the 2014 Red List prepared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The eight species of birds newly added to the threatened list include the woolly-necked stork, Andaman teal, Andaman green...
  • New animal species discovered in Papua New Guinea June 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Australian scientists have uncovered several new species of mammals in the remote forests of Papua New Guinea. Euan Ritchie, an ecologist from Melbourne's Deakin University, documented the rare animals in the Torricelli mountain range in the remote north-west of the country. Around 40 cameras were installed to capture the...
  • One man carrying 35 turtles of rare species arrested June 7, 2014

    One man has been arrested in Dehradun with 35 turtles belonging to rare species, state forest officials said on Friday. The accused identified as Kuldeep Kumar was held at a bus depot on Thursday based on a tip-off. Thirty-five turtles of rare species were seized from his possession, state forest department...
  • Top 10 new species for 2014 includes an appealing carnivorous mammal, 12-metre-tall tree hiding in plain sight May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: From the approximately 18,000 new species named during the previous year, an international committee of taxonomists and related experts selected the top 10 that includes an appealing carnivorous mammal, a 12-metre-tall tree that has been hiding in plain sight and a sea anemone that lives under an Antarctic...
  • Daily wager guarding endangered animals killed by tiger October 21, 2013

    A daily wage employee of Corbett Tiger Reserve, who was attacked by a tiger while he was patrolling in the park three days ago, succumbed to the injuries on Monday. The incident occurred on 18th of this month when the victim, identified as Rakesh Sharma, was patrolling at a hilly region...
  • World Environment Day special: Saving India's Western Ghats June 6, 2013

    The Western Ghats is not just a place of breathtaking natural beauty but also a biodiversity zone where many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna flourish. But unrestricted mining, quarrying and huge infrastructure projects are endangering the fragile ecology of the region. This year on World Environment Day,...
  • Beaked whale, world's rarest, spotted in Pacific Ocean November 6, 2012

    Wellington: The world's rarest whale species - the spade-toothed beaked whale has been spotted for the first time by scientists of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean. "This is the first time a spade-toothed beaked whale has been seen as a complete specimen, and we were lucky enough to find...
  • Rare birds sighted during survey of Kerala coast October 3, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Rare bird species like the Red-necked Phalarope (Pambarakkada) and a tiny wader that swims in open sea have been sighted during the first pelagic bird expedition in southern Kerala. Red-necked Phalarope was recorded in Neendakara in Kollam district for the first time in the Kerala coast, a release said...
  • Hyderabad: Endangered animals thrive at zoo July 30, 2012

    Hyderabad: An Asiatic male lion cub was born a couple of days ago at Hyderabad Nehru zoological park besides a a male baby rhino was born on July 5. So far, as many as 46 endangered species of animals, birds and reptiles have been born in the last year at...
  • Exotic species threaten Kerala's fish bio-diversity July 30, 2012

    Thrissur: Another exotic fish species from North-East India, Bangladesh and Myanmar - Parambassis lala - which is found in the kole wetlands of Thrissur is posing serious threat to the state’s fish bio-diversity. Earlier, there were reports that exotic fish species from South America and Africa like the red piranha,...
  • Updated Encyclopedia of Life: Aardvark to Zono September 6, 2011

    Washington: Remember when 30,000 kinds of plants and animals sounded like a lot? That was three years ago. When the Encyclopedia of Life released its first online version in February 2008, it offered 30,000 pages on individual species. Version 2, released this week, features some 700,000 species pages and more...
  • How many species on Earth? 8.7 mn give or take August 24, 2011

    Singapore: Scientists have yet to discover, or classify, about 90 per cent of the plant and animal species on Earth, which is estimated to be home to just under 9 million species, a study says. The study, published in the open-access journal PLoS Biology on Wednesday, vastly increases the estimated richness...
  • Only 73 Black-Necked cranes left in India May 2, 2011

    New Delhi: The Black Necked Crane found only in the high altitude wetlands of China, Tibet, Bhutan and India, is fighting for its survival today in India. A latest survey shows that there is viable population of a mere 73 out of which there are 15 breeding pairs left in...
  • Assam makes effort to preserve rain forest February 13, 2011

    Dibrugarh, Assam: In a bid to conserve India's easternmost rainforest here, home to seven wildcat species, authorities are trying to promote the wildlife preserve as an eco-tourism destination by involving the local populace. The first Rainforest Festival is being held on the banks of the Burhidihing at Jeypore in this district...
  • Latest weapons in fight against sea lamprey January 3, 2011

    Huron Beach, Michigan: In the never-ending battle to prevent blood-sucking sea lamprey from wiping out some of the most popular fish species in the Great Lakes, biologists are developing new weapons that exploit three certainties in the eel-like parasites' lives: birth, sex and death. Researchers are beginning the third and final...
  • 35,000 plant species yet to be identified December 8, 2010

    London: Of the estimated 70,000 species of flowering plants yet to be described by scientists, more than half are lying unknown and unrecognised in collections around the world, a new study suggests. A lack of resources for collections of plant specimens known as 'herbaria' and a lack of experts...
  • Lost world animals found in vanishing river region September 27, 2009

    Bangkok: A gecko with leopard-like spots on its body and a fanged frog that eats birds are among 163 new species discovered last year in the Mekong River region of Southeast Asia, an environmental group said. WWF International said that scientists in 2008 discovered 100 plants, 28 fish, 18 reptiles, 14...
  • Watch: Bees in the list of vanshing species September 18, 2009

    First the tigers then the elephants and now the tiniest member of the animal world is joining the list of vanshing species. ...
  • 350 new species of flora, fauna found in Himalayas August 11, 2009

    New Delhi: Environmentalists have found some news to cheer about. A new report by the World Wildlife Fund or WWF shows the presence of atleast 350 new species of flora and fauna. All these species have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayas, in the last decade. This snow leopard has company...
  • ISRO's find: 'alien' bacteria in upper atmosphere March 18, 2009

    New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) claims to have found 3 unknown species of bacteria 40 kilometres above the earth's surface. Scientists say these could be mutant forms of earthly bacteria. A research balloon set up by ISRO has found three unknown species of bacteria in the stratosphere. A...
  • Watch: New species of frog discovered February 4, 2009

    Meet Chota! and Marki! and Jayrami - the new members of the frog community. Philautus Chota, a small 16 mm frog, is amongst the 12 new species of frogs whose existence was unknown to the world, till now. It was Dr Biju and his team who discovered them in western...
  • Angry Dhar villagers lynch leopard January 3, 2009

    Dhar: Villagers beat a leopard to death in Dhar after the animal attacked some villagers. The leopard entered a village near Dhar on Friday and attacked six villagers. The angry villagers cornered the leopard and lynched it to death using stones, swords and sticks. The police was immediately informed of...
  • One in four mammal faces extinction: IUCN report October 7, 2008

    New Delhi: One in four mammal species in the world is on the brink of extinction, an International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) report, which was released on Monday, revealed. Red List of Threatened Species report is a comprehensive compilation of the findings of IUCN’s five-year-long research, during which it...
  • Endangered species inspire Titan's new range September 12, 2008

    Mumbai: The Indian rhino, tiger, red panda, Gangetic river dolphin, whale shark and the olive ridley turtle — all these endangered species have inspired this range of Timewear from Titan. Launched in association with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the event saw Shobhaa De and Farooque Sheikh come together. “I’ll wear...
  • UP villagers brutally kill rare Gangetic Dolphin May 8, 2008

    Lucknow: In a brutal incident, a rare Gangetic Dolphin was beaten to death by villagers in the outskirts of Lucknow. The dolphin had strayed into the shallow waters of a canal and become an easy prey for the ignorant villagers. The police have detained one person but the main accused...
  • Mystery epidemic puts gharial on the brink June 15, 2009

    New Delhi: The banks of the river Chambal resemble a mortuary. Already on the critically endangered list, the Indian gharial is fighting a mystery disease. Over 100 gharials have died in the last six weeks. Well-known wildlife film-maker Naresh Bedi, among the first to reach the spot, was shocked at...
  • World's oldest oranguatan dies at 55 in Florida zoo December 31, 2007

    New Delhi: The world's oldest orangutan has died in a zoo in Miami, Florida at the age of 55. The primate, Nonja, was found dead at the Miami Metro Zoo. Officials say a tumour may have caused the death. Nonja, whose name means ‘girl’ in Dutch, was born in the wild...
  • Endangered ghariyals dying of unknown causes December 13, 2007

    Etawah, UP: Seventeen Ghariyals have been found dead in the Chambal River in Etawah, in northern Uttar Pradesh. While a few carcasses were found on the banks, some were found floating in the river. Scientists are still uncertain about what could have lead to their death, but the possibility of...
  • Salman's case is tip of poaching iceberg August 25, 2007

    New Delhi: Conservationists argue that Salman Khan's case is only the tip of the iceberg. Data collected by the Wildlife Protection Society of India show that there are over 15,000 wildlife crime cases pending in courts across India involving over 400 species of endangered wildlife. ...
  • Fixed report puts nature in danger June 19, 2007

    Satara (Maharashtra): The backwaters of the Koyna dam and valleys lined with windmills are just some of the enchanting views at New Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra - but not for long. The area has now been demarcated in the Government's development blueprint as a huge tourism hot spot to be created...