status: endangered

The Trump administration is delaying listing this bumblebee as officially endangered

  • Last month, the rusty patched bumblebee became the very first species of bees in the continental U.S. to be officially marked as “endangered” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • According to the Associated Press, the new designation was scheduled to go into effect on Friday, until the Trump administration delayed the move one day before.
  • The federal government announced the delay, which is in compliance with an order signed by Trump in January.
  • The regulation that would add the rusty patched bumblebee to the endangered species list, guaranteeing it federal protection, will be postponed until March 21.
  • According to the White House this will allow time for “reviewing questions of fact, law and policy they raise.” Read more (2/9/17 3:06 PM)

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Cuban Land Snails Polymita picta

Polymita picta, common name the Cuban land snail or the painted snail, is a species of large, air-breathing land snail. Shells of Polymita picta can reach a length of about 20 millimeters (0.79 in). These large shells are shiny and very brightly colored. Normally they show a bright yellow color with a white stripe, but the species is well known for its colorful shell polymorphism, with numerous color varieties. These shells are sought after by poachers and used to make jewelry and trinkets. As a result, the species has become endangered.

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Happy #ManateeAppreciationDay! Gentle and solitary, West Indian manatees, Trichechus manatus, wander through both fresh and salt water. They keep to warm regions because they have no blubber, which insulates other marine mammals living in colder climates. Manatees also lack hind limbs needed to maneuver on land; they are born in water and remain there throughout their lives. Most marine mammals eat fish or invertebrates, but manatees feed only on seagrass and other plants growing in shallow water. Grazing and resting just below the surface, these “sea cows” come up for air every few minutes.


Zachary Quinto is on a mission to save the world’s 3,890 remaining tigers from extinction

  • Actor Zachary Quinto is on a mission to help save the world’s dwindling population of tigers.
  • “I’m a longtime, well-documented animal lover,” Quinto said in an interview. “I’m intrigued by and engaged in the conversations about our environment and the impact of our civilization on nature.”
  • But what really convinced him to join World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Tiger Beer for the #3890Tigers movement is one staggering statistic:
  • One hundred years ago, there were 100,000 wild tigers. Today, as few as 3,890 remain in the wild. That’s a 96% population decline. Read more (7/13/17)

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10 amazing animals you’ve never heard of before - but need to hear about now as some are endangered

1. Okapi - found in Central Africa. Endangered
2. Quoll - native to Australia and New Guinea. Threatened
3. Mara - native to South America. Threatened
4. Rock hyrax - native to sub-saharan Africa and South Africa. Not threatened
5. Dhole - native to Asia. Endangered
6. Japanese dwarf flying squirrel. Not threatened
7. Ring-tailed coati - native to South america. Not threatened
8. Pink fairy armadillo - native to Argentina. Currently no conservation status
9. Marble fox - native to Canada. Endangered
10. Australian golden possum. Not threatened

I can’t agree that placing the last family of an animal in a cage is saving them. Vaquitas are already inbred beyond repair and were declared functionally extinct even when I did my last painting of them years ago. This might be among the first extinct species whose extinction is 100% credited to humans. Despite combined efforts of the Mexican government, the United States, Sea Shepherd volunteers, and many others–stopping both legal and illegal fisheries from dragging the small porpoises in on their nets was a complete failure. Mexico now wants to capture the remaining handful of members (vaquitas never been captured alive before) for a captive breeding program. I can’t imagine a worse fate for a cetacean than extinction in a concrete pool.