At the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Japan has submitted a proposal for the first time to provide protection to the rare Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle. The turtle is found only in three islands of the Okinawa group.
It is starting to become cool (pun intended) to be a polar bear. First a Canadian Senator argued that the polar bear should replace the beaver as Canada’s national emblem, now Coke has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to help aid the bears.
A camera trap last month captured the image of a wild Amur leopard in the northeast province of China, increasing hope among conservationists that the endangered animal’s population had stabilized to a certain extent and that it was widening its home range.
Russia may be the world’s largest country, taking up 11.5% of the Earth, but it still doesn’t appear to be big enough for timber companies and Amur tigers to coexist. Amur tigers, also known as Siberian tigers, are an endangered breed, with less than 500 of them living in Siberia at this time (they are also a few in China and North Korea).