Monthly Blog Archives: July 2014

Cheetah smuggling ‘driving species towards extinction’ | News | The Week UK

Demand for cheetahs as luxury pets in the Middle East is threatening wild populations LAST UPDATED AT 13:45 ON TUE 15 JUL 2014 The future of cheetahs in the wild is under threat as a result of cubs being smuggled into the Middle East to feed the demand for exotic pets, new research suggests. The Convention on the Trade of Endangered Species (Cites) found that almost two-thirds of smuggled cheetah cubs die in transit. According […]

Monster of the Manzanos is new species of shark | Albuquerque Journal News

A CT scan of a rare shark fossil found nearly a year ago in the Manzano Mountains indicates it is a new species of Ctenacanth, or “spiny” shark, according to its discoverer, John Paul “JP” Hodnett. The scan, technically known as a “computed tomography” scan, uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of internal structures. It was performed Friday at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho. The scan revealed teeth on the exterior of the […]

New Mexico, Arizona gartersnakes now threatened species

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted threatened species status Monday to northern Mexican and narrow-headed gartersnakes, saying the animals in Arizona and New Mexico could otherwise be in danger of extinction. The protection stopped short of the stricter endangered species status for the snakes, but conservationists and government officials said the threatened designation will provide protection while giving them the flexibility in setting regulations. “Protecting these snakes under the Endangered Species Act […]

California Condor Conservation Assisted By 3D Technology, Supercomputers – Science News – redOrbit

The California Condor is the largest wild bird in North America, with an average height of 50 inches and a wingspan around 9 feet. The Condor can live between 45 and 80 years, according to Defenders of Wildlife. The bird is listed as endangered, coming so close to extinction that in 1986 there were only 22 wild Condors left. The current population of just over 400 wild birds is due to extraordinary measures taken in […]