Guardian Wildlife

  • by Cassidy Randall
    Twenty-five years ago, the national park attempted to reintroduce wolves – now scientists are celebrating it as one of the greatest rewilding stories everTwenty-five years ago this month, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone, America’s first national park and an ecosystem dangerously out of whack owing to the extirpation of its top predator.This monumental undertaking marked […]
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    New aerial footage from Kosciuszko national park reveals horrific fire damage to the landscape. There are also fears that the huge number of feral horses that remain are pushing bushfire-affected threatened species closer to extinction. 'The horses are destroying the refuges of the endangered plants and animals in the mountains', says Prof Jamie Pittock from […]
  • by Eric Hilaire
    The pick of the best flora and fauna photos from around the world, including white-tailed eagles and a detained lion cub Continue reading…
  • by Sarah Boseley
    Experts say wildlife sold for human consumption raises risk of new epidemicsWild animal markets must be banned worldwide, say experts in and outside China, warning that the sale of sometimes endangered species for human consumption is the cause both of the new coronavirus outbreak and other past epidemics.The Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, which has […]
  • by Patrick Barkham
    Brown ants herd and milk pale giant oak aphids, building barns for them from moss and beetle exoskeletonBritain has a new farmed animal, which is kept in barns, milked and moved between high and low pastures – but not by humans.The pale giant oak aphid, Stomaphis wojciechowskii, has lived undiscovered for thousands of years on […]
  • by Richard Luscombe in Miami
    The cold snap that left the reptiles falling catatonic from trees had residents dusting off recipes for an invasive species whose meat sells for $60 a poundIt was an unseasonable cold snap by south Florida standards, a two-day spell of frigid temperatures pushed deep into the sunshine state by wintry conditions further north.But for connoisseurs […]
  • by Ed Douglas
    Abbeydale, South Yorkshire: A much-loved tree may have gone, but dozens of small holes drilled up its trunk make me think a new chapter is about to beginWhen Jim died, we decided, having talked it through with the neighbours, to leave him where he was in the garden. Our friend had been good to us […]
  • by Adam Morton Environment editor
    Exclusive: Almost 80 species across Australia have lost more than a third of their habitat in the catastrophic fires, preliminary data suggestsThe superb lyrebird, famous for its ability to mimic almost any sound, may have plunged from being a common to a threatened species after its three varieties lost between a third and more than […]
  • by Josiah Hesse
    Conservationists are applauding a ballot measure to reintroduce the gray wolf to the state. But ranchers and hunters are putting up a fightThe gray wolf, once numbering in the tens of thousands throughout North America, have faced public vilification and extermination programs that drove it to near extinction in the US. Now Colorado will vote […]
  • by Associated Press
    Study finds 29,000 butterflies, compared with 4.5 million during the 1980s, as experts point to habitat destructionThe western monarch butterfly population wintering along California’s coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed.The count of the orange-and-black insects by the Xerces Society, a not-for-profit […]