Thai Monkey Business Over as Orangutan Head Home
September 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

One of the world's largest cases of great ape smuggling will draw to a close next week when around 50 orangutan rescued from a Thai amusement park fly home to their native Indonesia, a wildlife campaigner said on Thursday.

South Pacific States To Sign Whale, Dolphin Conservation Agreement
September 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

A group of South Pacific nations will sign an agreement to help protect and conserve whale and dolphin species, New Zealand Conservation Minister Chris Carter said Thursday.

U.S. Animal Rights Activists Sentenced to Four to Six Years
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Hurdle, Reuters

Three animal rights activists convicted under a U.S. anti-terrorism law were sentenced to up to 6 years in prison Tuesday for a campaign against a British company that tests chemicals on animals.

Proposal Cuts Murrelet Habitat Area
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Frazier, Associated Press

A federal proposal would slash the critical habitat in Oregon, Washington and California set aside under the Endangered Species Act for the marbled murrelet, a threatened sea bird, by about 95 percent, to 221,692 acres.

New Multicolored Bird Found in India
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A new bird species has been found in India, the first time such a discovery has been made here in more than 50 years, an astronomer and keen bird watcher said Tuesday.

Isle Royale Wolves Becoming Less Fearful
September 12, 2006 12:00 AM - John Flesher, Associated Press

For campers at Isle Royale National Park, sighting a gray wolf is a rare and thrilling experience. At least, it has been. But some wolves have gotten a bit too familiar this summer, wandering into camping areas and showing little of their customary fear of people.

Live Bird Flu Virus Vaccine Protects Animals, Study Shows
September 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Three experimental vaccines using live but weakened versions of the H5N1 bird flu virus appeared to protect animals from infection, and might offer a way to stockpile vaccines ahead of a pandemic, U.S. researchers said Monday.

Zoos Targets for Exotic Animal Thieves
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Sue Leeman, Associated Press

Missing marmosets, abducted alligators, purloined penguins: Thieves are targeting Europe's zoos and safari parks to supply animal collectors who want to own ever more exotic species.

Destructive Insects on Rise in Alaska
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Destructive insects in unprecedented numbers are finding Alaska forests to be a congenial home, said University of Alaska forestry professor Glenn Juday, and climate change could be the welcome mat.

Iceland Resumes Whale Exports after 15-Year Gap
September 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Iceland is resuming whale meat exports after a gap of more than 15 years with sales to the Faroe Islands despite objections from environmentalists that the shipments undermine a global trade ban.

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