Biology Citizen Science Environment 

Strengthening the Endangered Species Act

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Have you ever heard of the Ōlulu plant? What about the vernal pool tadpole shrimp or Fender’s blue butterfly? These are the lesser known species among the almost 1,600 currently listed in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that require long-term intervention strategies to ensure their survival. Despite numerous success stories, it is becoming more difficult to recover species. The ESA is beset by persistent and pervasive threats to species, pressures from climate change, uneven distribution of funding among species, and a rapidly growing list of species…

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Musk Deer in Siberia (Julie Larsen Maher, WCS) Animals 

Fanged Musk Deer Found Alive in Afghanistan

The endangered Kashmir musk deer and it’s unusual set of fangs hasn’t been seen in about 60 years, until now. The strange deer with tusks that look like vampire fangs has been sighted in the rugged forested slopes of northeast Afghanistan, according to a research team led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The team confirmed the presence of the deer in Nuristan Province during recent surveys. So where has the deer been hiding, and what are those fangs for, anyway? The Kashmir musk deer is one of seven similar…

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