In 2014 a giant salamander emerged from the Kamo River in Japan. Landed appearances of the giant creature are considerably rare due to them making their home underwater and being only active at night. Japanese giant salamanders are the second-largest salamanders on Earth, surpassed only by the closely related Chinese giant salamander. They feed on insects, frogs, crabs, shrimp, and fish; but since the 1950s, their population has declined rapidly due to habitat destruction and overhunting.
Trees are the lungs of our earth! Protect the rainforests. Ancient forests are disappearing before our eyes. Not only does forest loss eliminate wildlife habitat and harm biodiversity, but tropical deforestation releases tons of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Help us protect forests and the climate. Read more.
Red kite in a southern Sweden blizzard • photo: Henrik Just. The Red Kite is a Near Threatened species of hawk that lives across much of Northern Europe. It winters as far south as northern Africa. The greatest threats to this species are pesticide use and habitat destruction.