Florida Purchases Hectares of Wilderness Inhabited by Bears, Panthers
August 1, 2006 12:00 AM - David Royse, Associated Press

A working ranch and tens of thousands of acres (hectares) of wilderness inhabited by bears, panthers and other species were handed over to the state Monday in Florida's biggest-ever purchase of land for environmental preservation.

Western Toads Abundant in Northern Nevada
August 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Northern Nevada, with its hot, dry summers and desert terrain, is hardly thought of as a paradise for toads. But that's what it's become, thanks to two wet winters and a hefty rainstorm that made puddle jumping a breeze for the amphibians.

Controversial Thai Elephants Ready for Australia
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Eight elephants, whose shipment to Australia was blocked by protesters last month, were due to leave Thailand on Sunday after their convoy managed to get away from a rally to stop them from leaving the quarantine centre.

Global Illegal Wildlife Trade Worth $10 Billion
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The global illegal trade in wild animals and plants has exceeded $10 billion a year, becoming the world's third-largest source of illicit income after drugs and guns, a wildlife conference heard on Friday.

Pilot Whale Near Norwegian Beach Baffles Zoologists
July 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A single pilot whale spotted unusually close to a beach in Norway could be lost or hurt, Norwegian experts said Thursday, while hundreds of curious bathers reportedly gathered to catch a glimpse of the animal.

Condor Chicks Die of West Nile in Idaho
July 27, 2006 12:00 AM - John Miller, Associated Press

Efforts to save North America's tiny population of critically endangered California condors suffered what biologists called a minor setback last week when four 3-month-old chicks at an Idaho raptor center died of West Nile virus.

Researchers Discover New Type of Cricket
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers say they have discovered a new type of cricket in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. What makes the new genus of cricket special is that it has functional pincers on its hind end.

Study Hints Language Skills Came Early in Primates
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Language centers in the brains of rhesus macaques light up when the monkeys hear calls and screams from fellow monkeys, researchers said in a study that suggests language skills evolved early in primates.

Rare Ibis Tagged in Race to Save Bird of Pharaohs
July 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Scientists have tagged three northern bald ibis, among the last survivors of a species of Middle Eastern bird once so revered that it had its own ancient Egyptian hieroglyph, in an effort to save them from extinction.

Hundreds of Wisconsin Bass Found Dead After Meet
July 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hundreds of dead bass have been collected from La Crosse-area river waters, days after a major fishing tournament was held in the region, a state official said.

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