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New Monkey Species Is More Unique than Thought
May 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

A new species of monkey identified in Tanzania's highlands last year is an even more remarkable find than thought -- it is a new genus of animal, scientists said Thursday.

Zebra Mussels Eradicated in U.S. Quarry
May 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press

An infestation of zebra mussels in a Virginia quarry has been eradicated, marking what biologists and environmental experts believe is the first successful extermination of the notoriously invasive species in open waters.

Amid Extinctions, Parrots, Panthers Get Costly Aid
May 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Australia's orange-bellied parrot and the Florida panther are in an exclusive but growing club -- rare species getting costly protection even as the world faces what may be the worst wave of extinctions since the dinosaurs.

Colombian Police Train Rats to Sniff out Landmines
May 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Hugh Bronstein, Reuters

Her name is Lola and she's at the top of her class of risk-running rodents being trained to sniff out landmines in Colombia, home to the world's highest number of mine-related deaths and injuries last year.

California Butterfly Numbers Near 40-Year Low
May 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

The number of butterflies migrating through the state has fallen to a nearly 40-year low as populations already hurt by habitat loss and climate change encountered a cold, wet spring, researchers said.

Glaxo Wins Injunction Against Animal Activists
May 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

GlaxoSmithKline Plc secured a rare high court injunction on Tuesday night against an unknown group of animal rights activists, preventing them from publicising names of its shareholders.

Indian Women Take 500-Year-Old Hunt to City Streets
May 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Dressed as men and armed with swords and spears, hundreds of tribal women in an eastern Indian state have taken an ancient hunting ritual to the streets, snatching domestic animals from frightened residents.

Chinook Finally Arriving at Oregon Dam
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Sarah Skidmore, Associated Press

Spring chinook salmon are finally moving up the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam, making their latest run on record.

Georgia to Revise Protected Species List
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Elliott Minor, Associated Press

The robust redhorse, a mystery fish that dropped off the scientific radar screen for 121 years until it was discovered in the Oconee River near Dublin, would become a rare, rather than endangered species, under a proposed new list of Georgia's protected species.

After Decades of Fear and Hostility, Are We Loving Orcas to Death?
May 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

Orcas, actually a kind of dolphin found in all the world's oceans, are prime examples of what researchers call "charismatic megafauna," big critters with a passionate human following. But the species' San Juan population has paid a price for some forms of that adoration.

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