Crocodile Blood May Yield Powerful New Antibiotics
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters
Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antibiotic for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills the HIV virus.
University of Wisconsin Records Show High Monkey Deaths
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press
A study at the University of Wisconsin led to an unusual number of deaths and illnesses of rhesus monkeys in 2001 and 2002, internal school records show. The UW memos were released Monday by the Primate Freedom Project, a group critical of animal research, which obtained them through an open records request.
Web Shoppers Destroying Endangered Wildlife, Report Says
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters
Internet shoppers in search of the exotic have sparked a booming trade that is threatening the existence of many endangered species, a report on Tuesday said. A snapshot survey of the World Wide Web by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) found hundreds of live primates and thousands of rare animal products being offered for sale.
Mysterious Reptile Evades Capture in L.A. Park
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
A mysterious, alligator-like creature that surfaced in a Los Angeles suburb has eluded capture for nearly a week, shrewdly passing up raw chicken bait and dodging reptile wranglers in pontoon boats.
Study Reveals Most Wild Chimps Are Southpaws
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
When it comes to fishing tasty termites out of their mounds, wild chimpanzees don't have the right stuff. Most, in fact, are southpaws. A three-year study of 17 wild chimps in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, found that 12 of them used their left hands when using sticks to probe for termites.
U.S. Marines Use Donkeys To Go Places Their Humvees and Other Modern Vehicles Cannot
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Daniel Cooney, Associated Press
Frustrated with the limitations of using its fleet of modern Humvee four-wheel-drives in rugged mountains with few roads, a battalion of U.S. Marines has enlisted a mode of transport used for centuries by Afghan villagers -- donkeys.
Oil Leases Endanger Wildlife, Coalition Says
August 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Wesley Loy, Anchorage Daily News
An 11-state organization that helps manage migratory birds is urging federal land managers to back off a plan to expand oil and gas leasing on the tundra north of Teshekpuk Lake in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Treadmill Arrives for Alaska's Elephant
August 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press
A 16,000-pound treadmill specifically built to exercise Maggie the elephant arrived at the Alaska Zoo, but the question remains: Just how do you get a more than 4-ton animal fighting the battle of the bulge to use a treadmill?
Wildlife Moves to Stay Cool in a Warmer World
August 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Salmon swim north into Arctic seas, locusts plague northern Italy and two heat-loving bee-eater birds nest in a hedge in Britain. Signs of global warming fed by greenhouse gases produced by human activity, or just summertime oddities?
South African Farmers Trade Livestock for Wildlife
August 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Alexandra Zavis, Associated Press
Squinting into his binoculars, William Fowlds scans a vast, grassy plane where a busy dairy once stood. The cattle and sheep have given way to herds of grazing antelope. Out of a knot of thorny bushes, a family of elephants emerges.