Wildlife

Chilis Cool Conflict Between Man and Elephants
September 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

It has spiced up many a meal but now the fiery chili pepper is being used to cool an ancient feud between farmers and wild elephants in Africa. In the Zambezi valley in southern Zambia, small-scale farmers are growing chili peppers as a deterrent against elephants that raid their crops -- and marketing the end result as an eco-friendly product.

Estimates Put Wolf Numbers Up in Rockies
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

The number of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies has increased to more than 900 since last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated Tuesday. According to the agency's mid-year estimate, 912 wolves now roam the three-state region, compared to 835 in December, said Ed Bangs, Fish and Wildlife's wolf recovery coordinator in Helena, Mont.

Indonesian Orangutans Under Siege, Green Groups Say
September 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Hundreds of orangutans are killed or captured every year on the Indonesian part of Borneo island as part of an illegal trade that is driving the primates towards extinction, green groups said on Tuesday.

India Offers Reward To Track Down Tiger Poachers
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters

India is offering money to poor forest villagers to help catch poachers in a bid to save its endangered tiger population. Poachers and smugglers are known to pay villagers to use their skill in tracking and killing tigers and elephants.

Spawning Turtles Return to Mexico Despite Threat
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

More than 100,000 protected Olive Ridley sea turtles have lumbered onto a Mexican beach in recent days to lay some 10 million eggs, just weeks after poachers massacred spawning turtles on the same stretch of sand.

Protecting China’s National Treasure
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Claire Doole, WWF International

It is hard to take your eyes off China’s national icon as it happily munches on a bamboo shoot, apparently oblivious to the shrieks of delight from a party of schoolchildren. Unfortunately, this is not that rare moment of spotting an endangered species in the wild, but one shared with the 600 or so visitors who come each day to the panda breeding centre in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

Conservationists Warn Great Apes Face Extinction
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - David Lewis, Reuters

Poaching, logging and disease will soon wipe out the last of the world's great apes unless new strategies are devised to save humankind's closest relatives, conservationists said on Monday.

Hundreds of Dead Geese Found in Oregon
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Hundreds of Canada geese have been found dead on their stomachs, their wings flared out, puzzling officials. Residents reported seeing them staggering like drunks, then eventually collapsing on their stomachs.

Cambodian Tiger Hunter Gets Seven Years in Jail
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Cambodian court sentenced the country's most wanted wildlife hunter to seven years in jail on Friday for tracking and killing more than 600 animals, including tigers and elephants, since 2001, officials said.

Iran Seeks to Save Rare Cheetahs
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press

Two groups of rare Asiatic cheetahs were spotted in central Iran during recent months, raising hopes that one of the world's fastest moving creatures could be saved from extinction, a conservation official said Saturday.

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