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Wildfires Pose Danger to Desert Tortoise
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Alden, Associated Press
Wildfires burning in the Southwest are threatening federally protected desert tortoises, further stressing a species that already has lost much of its population to drought.
Amazon Officials Work to Protect Biological Riches in Brazil
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Astor, Associated Press
Amazon nations must protect the region's riches and knowledge from "biopirates" seeking to patent the rainforest's biological riches, an Ecuadorean official said Friday.
E-Tagging of Pygmy Elephants Helps Study
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Vijay Joshi, Associated Press
Crouched in the vine-tangled forest of Borneo, where the brightest part of the day seems like dusk, Elis Tambing finally got the elusive animal in his laser sight and fired. The pink-quilled dart found its mark: the rump of the female pygmy elephant, a unique and endangered animal found only in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island.
Florida Biologist Who Fought for Panthers is Reinstated to Job
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Pittman, St. Petersburg Times
For six years biologist Andy Eller reviewed development permits to make sure that subdivisions built in the western Everglades would not wipe out habitat for the endangered Florida panther. But Eller's bosses at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service overruled him and developers went around him, even calling Florida's U.S. senators to get approval for projects.
Central California Fig Growers Fool Wasps to Grow Fruit
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Dennis Pollock, The Fresno Bee
When it comes to frustration, it would be hard to top the experience of a tiny wasp responsible for the production of what some say is the nation's tastiest fig. For decades, growers of figs in the Valley have been tricking the wasp and fooling Mother Nature in order to pollinate the flowers -- which are inside, not outside -- a certain variety of fig.
Gaza Settlers Stoke Ecological Fears over Beach Villas
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Megan Goldin, Reuters
Standing on a sand dune, his hand shading his eyes from the bright glare of the Mediterranean sun, park ranger Yair Farjun prepares for battle as he surveys Israel's last untouched coastal reserve. His fight is a bloodless one -- to ensure the survival of sea turtles, snakes and desert mammals whose habitat is being threatened by the relocation of thousands of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip to the nearby Nitzanim coastline in Israel.
Activists Want Fish off California Aquarium Menu
June 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
An animal rights group has called on one of the largest aquariums in the United States to stop serving fish to its visitors, likening the practice to grilling up "poodle burgers at a dog show."
Abandoned Walrus Pup Finds New Home
June 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press
Word spread fast in the northwest Alaska village of Kivalina: a baby walrus was sitting on the beach, alone, apparently abandoned. But there was no way such a young walrus could survive on its own in the region's harsh conditions.
Sanctuary for Donkeys, the Backbone of Ethiopia
June 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Anthony Mitchell, Associated Press
In a country where only half the population can afford or find medical treatment, a high-tech donkey clinic with its very own ambulance service may seem excessive. But not to the Ethiopian farmers who rely on these sure-footed, stoic beasts of burden.
Scientists Say Cod Off Nova Scotia Declining
June 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
The collapse of cod stocks off Nova Scotia changed the marine ecosystem so dramatically that it may be impossible for cod to recover, according to a study by Canadian scientists that could have ramifications for cod stocks at Georges Bank.