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Fewer than 250 adults may be left in West Africa, and those big cats are confined to less than 1 percent of their historic range. The new study, detailed in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests that without dramatic conservation efforts, three of the four West African lion populations could become extinct in the next five years, with further declines in the one remaining population, study co-author Philipp Henschel, the lion program survey coordinator for Panthera, a global wildcat conservation organization, wrote in an email. [In Photos: The Biggest Lions on Earth] Top 10 Camera Trap Wildlife Photos The majestic lion once roamed throughout West Africa, from Nigeria to Senegal. But as people...

ALICE SPRINGS, Australia - Marle and Digger may be small and cute puppies, but make no mistake, warns their handler Matt Williams: these 18-week-old dingoes are wild animals that would never make suitable pets. The brother and sister pair who live at the Alice Springs Desert Park in central Australia are genetically pure dingoes, meaning they are two of the increasingly rare specimens of the aggressive sub-species of the Grey Wolf. "They are very, very different to a domestic dog," Williams says as he attempts to keep the agile animals under control. "That's the message that we really have to get across because they are often so closely associated with domestic dogs." While many are...

De-Extinction Candidates

It’s generally accepted that when a species goes extinct, that means every last specimen is dead, and therefore that animal will never exist on Earth again. But science is advancing all the time and achieving surprising goals. Recently, the scientific community has been buzzing about the prospect of de-extinction,…

A species of echidna thought to have been wiped from the face of Australia tens of thousands of years ago may still exist on the continent after all, according to LiveScience. What has led to this conclusion? An important specimen that's been sitting ignored in a museum drawer for more than 100 years. Kristofer Helgen, a zoologist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., discovered the new-old evidence while visiting the Natural History Museum in London. There he found a well-preserved, well-documented...

20 Animals You Didn't Know Are Going Extinct

When it comes to the Endangered Species List, some animals stand out as celebrities: polar bears, giant pandas, rhinos, snow leopards… But sadly, the list is so extensive that there are many species you may never have suspected are endangered. Here are twenty of them. 1. Zebras An icon of the African plains and a…