Wildlife

In Chimp World, Males Find Older Females Sexier
November 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Chimpanzee males prefer to have sex with older females, U.S. researchers found in a study published Monday that shows one of the biggest behavioral differences between humans and our closest biological relatives.

Polluted Fog Envelops Chinese Capital
November 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Heavy fog enveloped Beijing and much of north China on Monday, forcing the closure of highways, delaying flights across an area as large as Britain and lifting the pollution index in the capital to one level below hazardous.

U.K. Soldiers Gun Down Endangered Rhino
November 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

British troops fatally shot an endangered white rhinoceros after it charged them while they were lost on military exercises in northern Kenya, a wildlife official said Sunday.

Killer Elephant Loses Tusks in Nepal
November 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Authorities in Nepal tranquillised an elephant and trimmed its tusks after it was blamed for a dozen deaths in the country's east over the past six weeks, wildlife officials said on Sunday.

California to Impose Sweeping Conservation Limits on Ocean Fishing
November 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Terence Chea, Associated Press

Flying over California's rugged Central Coast, Mike Sutton pointed to kelp forests and rocky reefs just below the water's surface that will soon be off-limits to fishing under one of the nation's most ambitious plans to protect marine life.

India Urged to Blow Whistle on Elephant Polo
November 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalla, Reuters

Animal rights activists in India have called on the eve of a controversial tournament for the elite, centuries-old sport of elephant polo to be banned due to what they say is the pain and suffering it causes the animals.

Polar Bear Survival Rate Falls as Climate Warms
November 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters

Polar bear cubs in Alaska's Beaufort Sea are much less likely to survive compared to about 20 years ago, probably due to melting sea ice caused by global warming, a study released Wednesday said.

California Ecosystem Recovering From Blaze
November 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Three years after the largest wildfire in California history wiped out whole forests and disrupted native animals, there are signs the ecosystem is slowly recovering, scientists reported Tuesday.

Lawsuit in Washington State Aims to Halt Logging to Save Declining Spotted Owl Population
November 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An environmental group has sued to block logging on 50,000 acres of private timberland, arguing the state's population of northern spotted owls has been reduced by half since the 1990s.

Florida Expands Marine Reserve to Largest in North America
November 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Bill Kaczor, Associated Press

Gov. Jeb Bush and his Cabinet voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve a management plan banning fishing in a 61-square-mile section of Dry Tortugas National Park in the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Straits about 75 miles west of Key West.

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