The giant panda is no longer an endangered species, following decades of work by conservationists to save it.
The official status of the much-loved animal has been changed from “endangered” to “vulnerable” because of a population rebound in China.
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On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, California, waiting for his lab’s weekly meeting to begin. Wyss-Coray, a professor of neurology at Stanford University, was leading a young group of researchers who studied ageing and neurodegeneration. As a rule, the gatherings were forgettable affairs – the incremental nature of scientific progress does not lend itself to big surprises. But a lab member scheduled to speak that day had taken on a radical project, and he had new results to share.
An annual dog meat festival has begun in southern China, amid widespread domestic and international opposition.
About 10,000 dogs and cats are expected to be killed and eaten during the controversial 10-day festival in Yulin.
For the second time in four months, researchers have reported autopsy results that suggest Alzheimer’s disease might occasionally be transmitted to people during certain medical treatments — although scientists say that neither set of findings is conclusive.
The expert who trained TV’s Flipper before becoming an ardent campaigner to protect the highly intelligent sea mammals spoke about watching a dolphin die in front of him as it pleaded for help.
O’Barry, 76, starred in the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, which highlighted the gruesome reality of Japan’s Taiji dolphin drive with its gory scenes of blood-stained seas, and revealed his heartbreak at the start of a London demonstration.