Wildlife

Fur-Filled Show Likely to Ruffle Feathers
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters

Expect fur to fly at the newest exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Museum officials are braced for controversy over "Wild: Fashion Untamed," an exhibit of fashion's use of fur and feathers that opens this week with such graphic items as a jaguar's head purse and a hat adorned with stuffed parakeets.

Giant Pacific Octopus Doesn't Give Up on Motherhood
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

It was a May-December romance that really had legs: Young Aurora, a female giant octopus and her aging cephalopod suitor J-1 were thrown together for a blind date seven months ago by aquarists who hoped the two would mate.

Experts Urge Action to Save Threatened Fish Species in British Waters
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael McDonough, Associated Press

Fishing should be banned in almost a third of British waters to protect the marine environment and save threatened fish species, a panel of experts said Tuesday.

U.S. Workers' Group Says EPA Censors Comments
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Judith Crosson, Reuters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency censored warnings that a Bush administration plan to build roads in national forests could harm drinking water, a group representing government workers said Monday.

Interior Department Finds Sage Grouse Outlook Less Than Dire
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Interior Department biologists have recommended against adding the sage grouse to the U.S. endangered species list, a determination that could wind up benefiting natural gas and oil producers but add to environmentalists' concerns.

Studies Show Captive Elephant Breeding Difficult
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Angela K. Brown, Associated Press

Elephants in zoos are living as long as those in the wild, but their population in captivity is dwindling because it is so difficult to breed them, according to studies released Friday.

Scientist Says Prairie Dogs Have Own Language
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Tania Soussan, Associated Press

Prairie dogs, those little pups popping in and out of holes on vacant lots and rural rangeland, are talking up a storm. They have different "words" for tall human in yellow shirt, short human in green shirt, coyote, deer, red-tailed hawk and many other creatures.

Brazil Amazon Deforestation Jumps, Data Shows
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Axel Bugge, Reuters

An area of Amazon jungle larger than the U.S. state of New Jersey has been destroyed this year and work on a new highway is mainly to blame, environmental group Friends of the Earth and the government said Wednesday.

Ancient Angola Elephant Route to be Demined
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

An ancient but now lethal migration route for elephants is to be demined in Angola, paving the way for swelling herds in neighbouring Botswana and Zambia to expand their range, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Future Uncertain for Rare Hawaiian Bird
December 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Jaymes Song, Associated Press

One of Earth's rarest birds might have gone into extinction following the death of one of the last known po'ouli.

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