Biofluorescence makes researching cryptic species such as this Lizardfish easier and less harmful.
Maarten De Brauwer
Much of the world's ocean is teeming with 'cryptic' fish species, which are small and hard to spot. But a new technique shines a light on these fish, which may in turn help to keep our seas healthy.
An echidna in the Western Granites at Jam Tree Gully.
On his bush block in the WA wheatbelt, poet John Kinsella attempts habitat restoration and reflects on the responsibilities of the writer as a witness to species loss.
Utah prairie dog, Bryce Canyon National Park.
Congress is moving to cut back the Endangered Species Act and give more power to states. But a recent study shows that state laws are weaker and states have few resources to protect species at risk.
Hanging out in Borneo.
My holiday to Borneo in 2004 was more than just a chance to see incredible wildlife like orangutans and pygmy elephants. It helped crystallise for me the innate nature of scientific thinking.
Autumn edible mushrooms, mostly Boletus edulis.
The global mushroom industry is worth $35 billion yearly and growing. But mushrooms and other fungi play important ecological roles that scientists are still learning about – and some may be endangered.
Solar-powered arrays can be left in remote locations, recording high-quality audio for years.
In a global first, hundreds of solar-powered microphones will be placed across Australia, listening out for invasive species, rare animals and the effects of climate change.
Is trophy hunting wholesome sport or pointless violence? The Trump administration moved last week to allow imports of trophy parts from African elephants, but met heavy protest and is reconsidering.
The illegal trade in turtles is thriving in Canada and harming turtle populations.
Poachers are bringing some turtle populations to the edge of extinction.
Land clearing is once again on the rise in Queensland.
AAP Image/Dan Peled
The outgoing Threatened Species Commissioner has downplayed the importance of land clearing as a threat to Australia's plants and animals. But it's the biggest threat, and magnifies the others too.
Leadbeater’s possum sightings are up – but that doesn’t mean the critically endangered species is recovering.
Increased sightings of endangered species doesn't mean it's recovering – but that's the argument being made by the native forest logging industry.
Australia’s species, like this green python, are remarkable, and need far better protection.
Australia's species, like this green python, are remarkable and need far better protection.
The science says that no-take zones offer the best protection for marine life.
AAP Image/Environs Kimberley
Australia's reputation as a global leader in marine conservation is being put at risk by plans to strip back sanctuary areas within marine parks, say scientists from around the globe.
Local communities across Africa need to be drawn into conservation decisions to fight wildlife crime.
Local and indigenous communities remain mostly excluded from real benefits, and conservation often comes at a huge cost to them.
A male boreal toad waits for opportunities to mate near a Colorado mountain lake.
Frogs and toads are declining around the world, with many species on the brink of extinction. Acting in time means trying strategies without complete information about how likely they are to work.
Grizzly trophy-hunting is at the heart of a ferocious debate in North America.
A bitter debate has erupted over the British Columbia government's recent decision to end grizzly bear trophy hunting. Here are the pros and cons of stopping the hunt.
Zoos have come along way from their menagerie past. But society is increasingly demanding they become agents of conservation rather than entertainment.
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Of the 14 subspecies of brown bear, this is the most endangered.
Javan rhinos are one of the rarest mammals in the world.
Javan rhinos are among the most endangered mammals in the world: They live on one island in Indonesia, in the path of tsunamis. Saving them will ultimately require establishing additional populations.
In Montana and Idaho, endangered gray wolves are no longer safe outside national parks.
Legislation designed to protect wildlife is being rolled back or ignored in all sorts of ways in all sorts of places, according to a new global database of attacks on green tape.
The beautiful Chinese cave gecko, or Goniurosaurus luii, is highly prized by poachers.
Biologists have a centuries-old tradition of publishing on rare and endangered species. But poachers are using open-access information to target valuable and fragile new species.