Snub-nosed monkey, newly discovered in a remote forest in Myanmar, has a nose that is upturned, causing it to sneeze whenever it rains.
Biodiversity researchers warn that 20 percent of vertebrate species are threatened with extinction, largely because of human damage to habitats. But conservation efforts, they say, are effective.
On Tuesday the academic journal Science released an assessment of the survival chances of the world's vertebrates. Working off of the International Union for Conservation of Nature "Red List," which measures extinction risks, the journal analyzed the level of danger for more than 25,000 species. Science found that one-fifth of all species are classified as threatened and that proportion is increasing.
As talks on halting the global loss of species got underway Monday in Japan, long-standing disagreements over how to split up the economic benefits those species generate are threatening to stall negotiations.
Asian 'unicorn,' also known as the saola, is one of the world's rarest animals. It has been sighted in Laos for the first time in a decade. Likened to a unicorn despite having two horns, the captured asian 'unicorn' died in captivity.
Of the 18 species of penguins, 13 are considered either threatened or endangered. Some species on the brink of extinction.
'Losing Paradise,' a new botanical art exhibition of 44 rare species, illustrates the art form's enduring value – even in this age of digital.
Callicebus caquetensis, a cat-sized species of titi monkey, has has grayish-brown hair and a bushy red beard. It faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future.
Pygmy hippo calf Kambiri is appearing in short stints at an exhibit at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. The pygmy hippo is just one of many species of tiny versions of animals.
Shark Week celebrates its 23rd anniversary this Sunday. The Discovery Channel's Shark Week starts with the "Ultimate Air Jaws" premiere at 9 PM.