Voters in Washington state passed the country's first ever comprehensive ban on the purchase, sale, and distribution of ten endangered species groups and their parts. Could the Initiative serve as a model for other states—and will it be enough?
+Chris Flaherty I repeat: I'm not saying I'm against laws banning things made from rare animals. I'm saying more needs to be done than just that. You need to turn public opinion against using these products. Banning them is a beginning, but just a beginning.
After a series of illnesses, Nola, a 41-year-old northern white rhino at the San Diego Zoo, had to be euthanized Sunday—leaving just three of the extremely rare animals left on Earth. Will the species survive?
National Geographic explorer and fish biologist Zeb Hogan recently tagged a 200 to 250 pound (90 to 114 kilogram) Mekong giant catfish in Cambodia. "This catch is exciting because it signals that the incredibly rare, endangered fish are still in the river," says Hogan.