Wildlife

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.

Rains May Be to Blame for Kenya Flamingo Deaths
January 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Natural changes in the environment, not man-made pollution, may be to blame for the mass deaths of flamingos in Kenya, scientists said on Thursday.

German Zoos Get Teeth into Chistmas Tree Leftovers
January 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Germans have found a novel way of recycling thousands of used and unsold Christmas trees: give them to the local zoo to feed to the animals.

Rare Nepal Rhinos Mysteriously Disappear
January 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Gopal Sharma, Reuters

Dozens of endangered Great One-horned rhinoceros have mysteriously gone missing from a nature reserve in southwest Nepal over the past few years, a wildlife official said on Wednesday.

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