Wildlife

Rockhopper Penguin Numbers Tumble in South Atlantic
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Rockhopper penguins, a type featured in the movie "Happy Feet", have suffered a mysterious 30 percent decline in numbers over five years in their South Atlantic stronghold, conservationists said on Friday.

Judge Decides Farms Not Hurt by Whale Rules
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by building and farm groups that challenged the decision to make Puget Sound's resident killer whale population an endangered species.

West Africa Sheep Traders Make a Killing Before Feast
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alastair Thomson, Reuters

At the end of December in the Eid al-Adha feast -- known here as Tabaski -- Muslim families will slaughter a sheep. This commemorates the scriptural story of Abraham, who was about to sacrifice his son when God gave him a ram to slay in its place.

Virgin Dragon Prepares to Give Birth
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Maria Cheng, Associated Press

In an evolutionary twist, Flora the Komodo dragon has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. She is carrying seven baby Komodo dragons.

Feds Withdraw Rare Wildflower Proposal
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Debbie Hummel, Reuters

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday withdrew its proposal to list as threatened a wildflower that grows only in areas of Utah and Colorado where oil shale and tar sand exploration are being done.

Seychelles Tries to Save Endangered Bird
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wildlife experts in the Seychelles have launched a last ditch attempt to save a rare tropical bird facing possible extinction in the Indian Ocean archipelago, conservationists said on Wednesday.

Survival of Dwindling Stocks Dominate Annual EU Fisheries Meeting Again
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Raf Casert, Associated Press

The annual fight over the right to fish for an ever-decreasing number of Atlantic species in European Union waters opened Tuesday with member governments seeking to give both the industry and the fish a chance at a sustainable future.

Lawsuit Seeks Protections for Alaska Sea Otters
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

A lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the Bush administration of shirking its duty to protect threatened Alaska sea otters, eschewing environmental safeguards for oil and gas drilling plans.

WWF Says 52 New Species Discovered on Borneo
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Elaine Engeler, Associated Press

Scientists have discovered at least 52 new species of animals and plants on the southeast Asian island of Borneo since 2005, including a catfish with protruding teeth and suction cups on its belly to help it stick to rocks, WWF International said Tuesday.

Study Finds Rare Batfish Invaluable to Great Barrier Reef in Australia
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

When it comes to protecting Australia's Great Barrier Reef, it is hard to beat the batfish. The rare pancake-like white fish with brown stripes is the only one of 27 species studied that successfully removed the forest of algae that can otherwise overwhelm and kill off the reef.

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