Wildlife

Ebola Virus Threatens Gorillas, Chimps
September 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Todd Pitman, Associated Press

Conservationists say the dreaded Ebola virus along with decades of hunting and logging are putting some ape species on the brink of extinction in Central Africa. Most at risk are western lowland gorillas and the Central African chimpanzee, both of which live in the dense rain forests of Central Africa, Conservation International said in a statement.

Italian Minister Defends Keeping Wolves as Pets
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

An Italian minister who revealed he is keeping wolves as pets told authorities on Wednesday to feel free to come and investigate as he always needed "fresh meat".

Study Finds Oregon Wild Fish Risk Extinction
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The first status report on wild fish in a decade suggests that nearly half the native species in Oregon are at risk of extinction. Eleven of the 33 salmon and steelhead populations are at risk of irreversible decline, and seven are potentially at risk, according to a draft of the report.

Thai Elephant Fitted With Prosthesis
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A Thai elephant that attracted worldwide attention when its foot was amputated after it stepped on a land mine has been fitted with a temporary prosthesis, a wildlife conservation worker said Sunday.

Balkans May Be Bird Flu Gateway to Wider Europe
August 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Winfrey, Reuters

Birds heading south for the winter from Siberia may carry a deadly strain of avian flu to the Balkan peninsula and mingle with other flocks from northern Europe, experts said on Thursday.

Scientists Present Rare Woodpecker Audio
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists publicly presented recordings Wednesday purportedly of the ivory-billed woodpecker and said the tape indicated there might be more than one of the rare bird in an eastern Arkansas swamp.

Police Arrest Two People Suspected of Releasing Alligator in Los Angeles Lake
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press

Two people were arrested Wednesday for allegedly turning an alligator loose in a small city lake, where the reptile has evaded capture while drawing many spectators.

Appeals Court Says Feds Must Increase Protection for Depleted Pacific Groundfish
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

An appeals court ruled Wednesday that the federal government must increase protections for the Pacific fish species commonly known as red snapper, whose population has been depleted by overfishing.

North Dakota Pelicans Probably Headed to Canada
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - James MacPherson, Associated Press

Thousands of American white pelicans that abandoned the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge in central North Dakota after their chicks mysteriously died appear to have headed across the border to Canada, in southern Manitoba.

Two New Bird Species Identifed in Colombia
August 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Two new species of birds called tapaculos have been identified in the mountains of Colombia, a conservation group said Tuesday.

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