Scientists Work to Save Wild Puerto Rican Parrot After Maria

  Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources. In the tropical forest of El Yunque, only…

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Efforts to Pull the Northern White Rhino from the Brink of Extinction Intensify as the Last Living Male Declines in Health

In Kenya, the last male northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) in the world isn’t faring well – the animal is past its prime and in declining health. With time running out, a global team of scientists and conservationists are trying to save the subspecies from extinction with help from…

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New Genetically Engineered American Chestnut Will Help Restore the Decimated, Iconic Tree

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American chestnut trees were once among the most majestic hardwood trees in the eastern deciduous forests, many reaching 80 to 120 feet in height and eight feet or more in diameter. The “then boundless chestnut woods” Thoreau wrote about in Walden once grew throughout the Appalachian mountains. They provided habitat…

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