Wildlife

Punched, Beaten Hollywood Chimps Head for Sanctuary
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Three Hollywood chimpanzees, said to have been punched and beaten to make them perform, will spend the rest of their lives in an animal sanctuary in an cruelty lawsuit settlement, an animal rights group said Thursday.

Ebola Has Killed 5,000 Gorillas, Study Suggests
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

The Ebola virus may have killed more than 5,000 gorillas in West Africa -- enough to send them into extinction if people continue to hunt them, too, researchers said Thursday.

Iraqi Marshlands Partially Restored
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

Iraqi environmental officials said Thursday that part of their country's fabled marshlands have been restored with international help, but further effort is needed to revive the ecosystem.

South Africa to Limit Foreign Buying of Coastal Property
December 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

South Africa is in danger of losing its coastline to rich overseas buyers and will soon introduce legislation to control the sale of coastal land to foreigners, officials said on Thursday.

Crucial Marine Food Chain Link Withers
December 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

The critical base of the ocean food web is shrinking as the world's seas warm, new NASA satellite data show. The discovery has scientists worried about how much food will grow in the future for the world's marine life.

Australia Fears Super Fires as Temperatures Soar
December 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Australian firefighters fear dozens of bushfires in remote mountains in the southeast could join up to form major fire-fronts, driven by hot weather in the drought-plagued region.

U.S. Wolf Hater Admits Poisoning Protected Species
December 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters

An outspoken opponent of U.S. government efforts to reestablish the gray wolf in western states has pleaded guilty to trying to poison the federally protected species, a U.S. prosecutor said.

Brazil Creates Largest Tropical Rainforest Preserve
December 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazil created the world's largest tropical rainforest preserve Monday in a section of the Amazon scarred by illegal logging and decades of violence between loggers, ranchers, conservationists and land rights activists.

Nepal Court Orders Protection for Threatened Rhino
December 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Nepal's Supreme Court has ordered the government to increase security in the country's biggest rhino reserve after local media reported that at least 10 of the animals have been killed since July, an official said.

Moose Expansion Expected in Adirondacks
December 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Virtanen, Associated Press

State conservation officials say the Adirondacks are on the verge of a moose boom, just like New Hampshire and Vermont, evidenced in part by a recent spate of collisions with cars. That doesn't mean you can just tromp to a likely spot to see Bullwinkle yet, though you may find a calling card underfoot.

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