Southeast Asia Hunts Wildlife Poachers
December 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Long outgunned and outmaneuvered by smuggling gangs, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed last year to form the Wildlife Enforcement Network to combat a black-market trade in plants and animals that generates $10 billion in revenue each year.

Settlers Eyed in Australia Extinctions
December 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Australia's giant prehistoric animals, including 10-foot-tall kangaroos and wombat-like creatures as big as a rhinoceros, were likely wiped out by aboriginal settlers, not climate change, a researcher said Tuesday.

Japan Researchers Film Live Giant Squid
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Eric Talmadge, Associated Press

A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday.

Spanish Minister Proposes Live Exit for Bulls
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Joe Ortiz, Reuters

Spain's environment minister has opened a campaign to stop matadors giving the traditional gory death blow to bulls in the ring. Instead, the badly wounded animals would be taken away and swiftly killed more humanely.

Rockhopper Penguin Numbers Tumble in South Atlantic
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Rockhopper penguins, a type featured in the movie "Happy Feet", have suffered a mysterious 30 percent decline in numbers over five years in their South Atlantic stronghold, conservationists said on Friday.

Judge Decides Farms Not Hurt by Whale Rules
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by building and farm groups that challenged the decision to make Puget Sound's resident killer whale population an endangered species.

West Africa Sheep Traders Make a Killing Before Feast
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alastair Thomson, Reuters

At the end of December in the Eid al-Adha feast -- known here as Tabaski -- Muslim families will slaughter a sheep. This commemorates the scriptural story of Abraham, who was about to sacrifice his son when God gave him a ram to slay in its place.

Virgin Dragon Prepares to Give Birth
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Maria Cheng, Associated Press

In an evolutionary twist, Flora the Komodo dragon has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. She is carrying seven baby Komodo dragons.

Feds Withdraw Rare Wildflower Proposal
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Debbie Hummel, Reuters

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday withdrew its proposal to list as threatened a wildflower that grows only in areas of Utah and Colorado where oil shale and tar sand exploration are being done.

Seychelles Tries to Save Endangered Bird
December 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wildlife experts in the Seychelles have launched a last ditch attempt to save a rare tropical bird facing possible extinction in the Indian Ocean archipelago, conservationists said on Wednesday.

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