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Photo of a long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) sitting on a rock overlooking a large body of water.
What Happens to Science When Model Organisms Become Endangered?
The long-tailed macaque and pig-tailed macaque are now endangered in the wild according to the IUCN Red List, which says exports for monkey research are partially to blame.
What Happens to Science When Model Organisms Become Endangered?
What Happens to Science When Model Organisms Become Endangered?

The long-tailed macaque and pig-tailed macaque are now endangered in the wild according to the IUCN Red List, which says exports for monkey research are partially to blame.

The long-tailed macaque and pig-tailed macaque are now endangered in the wild according to the IUCN Red List, which says exports for monkey research are partially to blame.

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a black abalone on a rock
Genome Spotlight: Black Abalone (Haliotis cracherodii)
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jun 23, 2022 | 3 min read
The researchers who constructed the first reference genome for this critically endangered mollusk say it will assist restoration efforts.
A Northern Bahamian Rock Iguana cranes its neck to eat a grape that’s speared on the end of a stick.
Grape-Doling Tourists Gave Endangered Iguanas High Blood Sugar
Dan Robitzski | Apr 21, 2022 | 3 min read
Research finds that a high-sugar diet supplied by tourists is giving Bahamian rock iguanas the lizard equivalent of high blood sugar.
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A “Climate Catastrophe”: Western US Salmon on the Brink
Lisa Winter | Jul 27, 2021 | 2 min read
A recent sampling from two California streams found nearly all juvenile salmon were infected with deadly parasites, and conditions are expected to worsen.
A gray wolf (Canis lupus) stands in a forest, with the background blurred.
Bill to Greatly Expand Wolf Hunting in Idaho Heads to Governor
Amanda Heidt | Apr 28, 2021 | 3 min read
If signed, the law would boost funding for independent contractors to kill wolves and would allow for more than 90 percent of the population in the state to be taken by hunters.
Thousands of Sea Turtles Immobilized by Brutal Texas Winter Storm
Lisa Winter | Feb 18, 2021 | 1 min read
Volunteers have been working around the clock to rescue the animals found stunned on the beach.
Oceanic Shark and Ray Numbers Down 71 Percent over Past 50 Years
Lisa Winter | Jan 28, 2021 | 3 min read
Overfishing is the biggest factor driving these species toward extinction, researchers conclude from a new study.
Q&A: Tire Rubber Preservative Harms Coho Salmon, Study Suggests
Max Kozlov | Dec 7, 2020 | 5 min read
6PPD, a tire preservative, reacts with ozone to produce a compound that the researchers say may be responsible for large die-off events.
Gray Wolf Reintroduction in Colorado Encounters Federal Kerfuffle
Lisa Winter | Nov 18, 2020 | 2 min read
This month, voters in the state approved the predators’ reintroduction, but the species’ recent delisting as an endangered species at the federal level binds up available funding.
Conservation Biology Icon Georgina Mace Dies at 67
Lisa Winter | Oct 2, 2020 | 3 min read
Mace led the work to determine the criteria for the IUCN’s Red List.
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Modeling Study Flags Species Susceptible to SARS-CoV-2
Anthony King | Aug 26, 2020 | 4 min read
Some critically endangered animals are on the list.
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Risk of Extinction Is Greatest for Large Herbivores: Study
Ruth Williams | Aug 5, 2020 | 3 min read
Data on vertebrate species that have become, or are likely to become, extinct reveal plant eaters are most under threat.
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Researchers Detect Land Animals Using DNA in Nearby Water Bodies
Nayanah Siva | Apr 27, 2020 | 5 min read
Monitoring the comings and goings of aquatic life with traces of DNA in water has become an established biomonitoring technique, but scientists are now using environmental DNA to assess terrestrial animals.
Image of the Day: Lion Cam
Amy Schleunes | Apr 2, 2020 | 2 min read
A wildlife camera trap survey of critically endangered West African lions finds they have no preference for parks over trophy-hunting areas, possibly because of poor habitat quality in the no-hunting zones.
Image of the Day: Rescued Hatchlings
Amy Schleunes | Mar 27, 2020 | 1 min read
Ten endangered Manning River turtles were saved from flooding in New South Wales, Australia, following devastating fires on the country’s east coast.
Conflicts of Interest at Conservation Group IUCN: Investigation
Amy Schleunes | Feb 14, 2020 | 2 min read
Buzzfeed uncovers trophy hunters among the ranks of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which, critics say, may be impeding wildlife protection.
sandhill cranes above a body of water at sunrise or sunset
Trump Administration to Weaken Migratory Bird Protections
Shawna Williams | Jan 30, 2020 | 2 min read
A reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 won’t punish oil and gas companies whose activities kill birds unintentionally, The New York Times reports.
Researchers Fight a Devastating Amphibian Infection Using Heat
Jennifer Parker | Jan 13, 2020 | 5 min read
They’ve survived volcanic eruptions, but one Caribbean island’s mountain chicken frogs might need help from scientists to escape the lethal chytrid fungus.
Image of the Day: Spotted Toad
Emily Makowski | Dec 13, 2019 | 2 min read
The starry night harlequin toad was lost to science for nearly 30 years until an indigenous community in Colombia permitted conservation biologists to visit its habitat in April.
Image of the Day: No Longer Endangered
Emily Makowski | Oct 11, 2019 | 1 min read
Back from the brink of near-extinction, the Kirtland’s warbler population has grown and expanded its range.
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