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Last of the Last: Saving Earth’s rarest species

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    Photos: 10 Extremely Rare Animals

    Photographer Joel Sartore is documenting the world's most endangered species, from the mountain pygmy possum to the Philippine crocodile. Saturday

  • Photo of a pack of wild dogs in Botswana.

    Help People, Save Wildlife?

    Want to save the snow leopard? Support local people, say conservationists who are embracing a new human-centric model for bringing back endangered wildlife. Friday

  • Photo of a hellbender salamander.

    Saving Giant Salamanders

    Scientists are working to bring back a two-foot-long salamander called the hellbender, which is declining throughout the eastern U.S. Friday

  • Photo of an elephant shrew.

    Biggest Elephant Shrew Tracked

    Only found in 2005, Tanzania's gray-faced sengi is good at hiding—but may not elude growing threats such as poaching and habitat loss, experts say.


  • Photo of white-naped cranes at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

    Inside a Rare-Species Refuge

    Micronesian kingfishers, scimitar-horned oryx, and brown kiwis are among the rare creatures at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia.

  • Photo of a group of American burying beetles against a white background at the St. Louis Zoo's Monsanto Insectarium.

    Saving Beetles That Bury the Dead

    No one knows why American burying beetles are disappearing, but scientists are trying to save the unique bugs. Tuesday

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    Opinion: To Save Species, Count Them

    Ignorant of more than 80 percent of Earth's plants and animals, we are flying blind into an unprecedented storm of extinction, a conservationist argues.


  • Photo of a California condor perched on a rock.

    How We Decide Which Species to Save

    Prioritizing which animals and plants to help is driven mostly by whether we like them or not. Some experts say that may not be the best approach.


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