Wildlife

Farallon Islands Form Teeming Wildlife Haven West of San Francisco
May 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Less than 30 miles from San Francisco, an archipelago of rocky islands rises out of the Pacific Ocean, forming a largely undisturbed wildlife haven that biologists call California's Galapagos.

Advisory Group Recommends Five-Year Ban on Harvesting Black Coral
May 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

A scientific advisory group has recommended a five-year ban on harvesting black coral in the waters around Hawaii because younger populations of the popular jewelry source are declining.

India to Count its Vanishing Vultures
May 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

India will launch a census of its vultures, a group of ornithologists said on Sunday, as the birds are vanishing rapidly due to a mystery virus and shrinking nesting sites.

India Tiger Body Calls for Tough Anti-Poaching Steps
May 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Kamil Zaheer, Reuters

India's new tiger task force, set up to review the country's dwindling big cat population, called on Thursday for tougher measures to control poaching of the national animal.

Cornell to Launch Five-Year Study on Coyotes
May 20, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

For many people, their closest encounter with a coyote is hearing its howl curdle the night from afar. But coyote sightings are now on the increase across New York, meaning greater potential for attacks, say Cornell University researchers, who are launching a five-year study of why the once-wary creatures are becoming more aggressive toward humans.

New Monkey Species Found in Tanzania
May 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Two separate teams of researchers working hundreds of miles apart have discovered a new species of monkey in Tanzania. The highland mangabey is the first new species of monkey identified in 20 years and conservationists immediately said the find showed how important it was to preserve African forests.

India Says 114 Tigers Killed by Poachers from 1999 to 2003
May 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Kamil Zaheer, Reuters

Poachers have killed at least 114 tigers in India between 1999 and 2003, the country's environment ministry said on Wednesday, as debate raged over how to protect the endangered big cats.

New Salamander Species Identified
May 18, 2005 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

A new species of salamander has been identified in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern Oregon and Northern California, demonstrating the biological richness of the region, researchers say.

Aviary to Send Rare Bird Eggs to Russia
May 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Nephin, Associated Press

Even though they don't have wings, 15 eggs were flying to Russia on Monday. The eggs -- 12 from the endangered red-crown crane and three from the threatened white-naped crane -- are being sent by the National Aviary in Pittsburgh as part of a reintroduction program.

Crowded India Cities Face Conflict on Cows
May 16, 2005 12:00 AM - David Guttenfelder, Associated Press

In largely Hindu India, where many animals are revered as sacred, the cow has always held a special place.

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