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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Endangered Species

This year
Conservation efforts result in endangered bird making a return to Co Down bog
Lapwings are red-listed on the Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland and is a priority species in the North because of its decline, rarity and importance.
‘The future of agriculture’: 200 endangered natterjack toadlets released today in Co Kerry
It’s hoped the project will help protect the natterjack toadlets and enable them to return to its natural habitat.
Three critically endangered red panda cubs born at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork
The park’s new arrivals bring continued hope for the species, which is under threat due to human interference,
Ireland fares worst at managing protected nature sites in new EU report
A report by
Niall Sargent
Out of 10 countries, Ireland underperformed in every measure aimed at protecting at-risk species such as the curlew and corncrake.
Report examined the effectiveness of measures to protect vulnerable species in Special Protection Areas (SPAs)
No Irish case had targeted, measurable and time-bound conservation measures to deliver the favourable status of species
"Incomplete and/or irregular” monitoring of many species also found
Last year
Rare Asiatic cheetah cubs born in captivity in Iran
There are just a dozen cheetahs known to be living in Iran.
All time
Endangered orangutan gives birth to healthy infant in New Orleans zoo
Fewer than 14,000 Sumatran orangutans live in the wild.
Rare hen harrier numbers plummet as plan to protect species pushed back
Only 18 pairs of the rare raptor species reared chicks this year in areas designated to protect it – the most unproductive year on record.
Commission raps Ireland for 'persistently failing' to manage protected nature sites
Just over 60% of our 600-plus legally protected nature areas have conservation objectives.
The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to halt the decline of our precious biodiversity?
Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent tells Susan Daly how the race is on to save iconic species like the puffin and curlew – and even save ourselves.
Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact
Ireland’s overall spending on biodiversity protection is also under internationally-accepted levels.
Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy reveals virtually no protected sites have management plans and Ireland is moving further away from a target for effective nature conservation.
A host of iconic Irish species and habitats are under threat, writes Niall Sargent in first part of Noteworthy's investigation into biodiversity loss
Virtually none of our protected nature areas have management plans
An expert forum has labelled the State as the “biggest transgressor of environmental law in Ireland”
Irish man jailed in US for trafficking rhino horns
Richard Sheridan, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 14 months in prison.
There's an outbreak of crayfish plague in a Kilkenny river
Crayfish plague has been detected in eight other Irish rivers in the past four years.
Number of angel sharks in Irish waters have declined by almost 95%
A global refuge for angel shark remains in the Canary Islands.
First Amur tiger cubs born at Dublin Zoo in 20 years to go on view this weekend
The zoo is inviting the public to suggest names for the cubs.
Endangered pygmy elephant shot dead in Malaysia 'out of revenge for destroying crops'
At least 18 pygmy elephants have been killed in the region since April.
Thai police arrest Asian wildlife trafficking 'kingpin' caught smuggling €800k of rhino horns
He was caught smuggling 14 rhino horns from Africa to Thailand.
Endangered bird found dead with gunshot wounds in Co Down
Conservationists are calling it a “deliberate” attack.
Humans are hunting 300 mammal species to the brink of extinction for meat, says new global report
The Earth’s species are dying out at more than 1,000 times the usual rate.
Rhino from an under-threat species is born at Dublin Zoo
There were as little as 50 southern white rhinoceroses left in the wild in the early 1900s – now there are as many as 20,000.
PHOTOS: London Zoo is doing its annual weigh-in
It helps zookeepers monitor the animals’ health and well-being.
New study shows tigers, lions and other carnivores becoming endangered as prey dwindles
A quarter of the main land carnivores’ prey are now threatened themselves.
Chinese medicines are packed with endangered animal DNA
“Dried geckos are used as an aphrodisiac; monkey skeletons are used to treat general pain”.
Irish man jailed in Texas for trafficking endangered rhino horns
Patrick Sheridan, from Rathkeale Co Limerick, illegally bought and sold tens of thousands of dollars worth of rhino horns.
London man sentenced for having bestiality images and selling monkey heads on eBay
George Bush posted 141 endangered animal specimens for sale online.
This gorilla checking out her baby sister proves that all new siblings are the same
No matter the species.
Zoos rethink role as matchmaker for endangered species
Genetic databases, ultrasounds and frozen sperm – expensive, complicated… and it doesn’t always work.
US wildlife agency to list all chimpanzees as endangered
The move, hailed by primatologists, would afford all chimpanzees protected status and affect their use in medical research.
10 animals that were hunted to extinction
It has emerged that the Tasmanian tiger – the last of which died in 1936 – was wiped out by human actions rather than an unknown disease.
MEPs vote to close loopholes in shark finning ban
The passing of this vote means that all sharks caught by EU vessels have to be landed intact.
Russian officials feed pelicans as ocean freezes over
Authorities are buying hundreds of kilos of fish a day for a colony of birds which has taken up residence at a seaport.
In photos: Dublin Zoo's new eastern bongo
Prepare for a strong dose of cute…
Picture of the day: China's retired NBA star Yao Ming... and a panda
What’s not to love about this giant of the hardwood giggling with a bear in his lap?
Iberian lynx 'not doomed' despite tiny population size
The Iberian lynx one of the world’s most endangered big cats, however new research shows the species has had very little genetic diversity for thousands of years.
American wildcat declared extinct
Wildlife biologists announced today that there are no longer any wild populations of mountain lions in the eastern United States.
Red faces (and red hair) at Dublin Zoo
Misguided “Orang utan Weekend” promotion appears to link red-haired children with the endangered species.
Tiger losing its stripes?
A white tiger cub in an Indian zoo is baffling visitors.