American Alligator: Back from the brink of extinction.

The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) almost became extinct 30 years ago. Under constant pressure from market hunters who sold both the meat and hides, and a significant loss of habitatdue toagricultural and residential development, the alligator was listed as an endangered species in 1967. With the Endangered Species Act of 1973 all hunting of this […]

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Steppe Gull (Larus fuscus barabensis) – Status & identification in Eastern Saudi Arabia

The taxonomic treatment of the Large White-headed Gulls (LWHG) in Saudi Arabia has undergone various revisions over the years. Prior to 1970, and following the principle reference works for the region at the time, Vaurie – The Birds of the Palearctic Fauna, Non Passeriformes (1965) & Hue & Etchecopar –Les Oiseaux du Proche et du […]

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California Condor In Flight photo from Wikipedia Commons

Over Two Thirds of Fatalities of Endangered California Condors Caused by Lead Poisoning

Here is another no-brainer for you. A new study authored by San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research scientists has found that 67 percent of adult condor deaths are attributable to lead poisoning! The massive effort to save the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) was initiated in 1982 when the remaining 22 wild birds were captured […]

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