USFWS announces review of the Florida Panther’s endangered status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it is reviewing the endangered status of the Florida panther. The panther, Florida’s state animal, has been on the endangered list since the list was first enacted in 1967. Federal rules require the agency to review the status of each endangered or threatened species every five years, … Continue reading USFWS announces review of the Florida Panther’s endangered status

Cheetahs – Sprinting to Extinction

The world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah, is sprinting towards the edge of extinction and could soon be lost forever unless urgent, landscape-wide conservation action is taken, according to a new study, “The global decline of cheetah Acinonyx jubatus and what it means for conservation,” published last month in the Journal Proceedings of the National … Continue reading Cheetahs – Sprinting to Extinction

Paleo-genetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own

This week, Scientific American reviewed a new study: Mitogenomics of the extinct cave lion, “Panthera spelaea” and resolve its position within the Panthera cats’ species. From western Europe to the Yukon, the grasslands of the Northern Hemisphere used to belong to the cave lion. The bones of this massive and maneless cat, larger than today’s … Continue reading Paleo-genetics confirm that the cave lion was a species all its own