Wildlife

Study Shows Bigger Brains Give Birds Survival Benefit
January 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Birds with bigger brains like crows and parrots survive better than their dimmer feathered friends, according to a study published on Wednesday.

Cook Inlet Belugas Face Extinction Risk
January 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

The beluga whales swimming off Alaska's largest city are at considerable risk of going extinct unless something changes, a federal study says.

Dead Sea Plight Spurs Bike Rally
January 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Several hundred cyclists are expected to take part in a ride around the Dead Sea in Israel to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the Sea, which is shrinking.

Rare Asian Vulture Bred in Captivity for First Time
January 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

An endangered species of vulture has been bred in captivity for the first time, a conservationist group said, cheering those trying to rescue the South Asian bird from the brink of extinction.

Whooping Cranes Rebounding in Texas
January 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Lynn Brezosky, Associated Press

Once down to about 15, the world's only naturally migrating flock of whooping cranes has continued its comeback, now numbering a record 237 birds in wintering grounds along Texas' Gulf Coast.

Wild Game Herds of Serengeti: Wonder or Worry?
January 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Helen Nyambura-Mwaura, Reuters

More than a million snorting wildebeest may not need the plug, but a media endorsement of their annual migration is raising fears of a tourist stampede to the Maasai Mara game reserve.

Conservationists Say Oil Hunt Damages Congo Park
January 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Christian Tsoumou, Reuters

Oil exploration activities, including underground explosions, are seriously damaging Congo Republic's most diverse ecological zone in violation of national park legislation, conservationists say.

Moose From Utah Transported to Colorado
January 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Debbie Hummel, Associated Press

Though Utah's overall moose population of 4,100 is on target, there are about 400 too many about 40 miles northeast of Salt Lake City, said Justin Dolling, a wildlife manager with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.

U.S. Approves Weight-Loss Drug for Obese Dogs
January 7, 2007 12:00 AM - Susan Heavey, Reuters

The first prescription weight-loss drug to treat Americans' increasingly plump pooches won U.S. approval Friday, aimed at millions of overweight dogs with busy, treat-giving owners.

For Extreme Tree Hunters, Redwoods Rule
January 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Lisa Leff, Associated Press

Equipped with a laser range finder, a head for numbers and an explorer's zeal, Michael Taylor has made a sport of finding and sizing up the tallest species on the planet, California's ancient coast redwoods.

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