Wildlife

US National Zoo Still Struggling, Report Finds
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

The National Zoo in Washington, plagued by a string of animal deaths including red pandas poisoned by rat bait, is improving but staff still needs basic animal care training, the National Research Council said Wednesday.

Environmentalists Say Hawksbill Sea Turtle in "Drastic Decline" in Mexico
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Activists of the World Wildlife Fund called on Mexico and the Caribbean nations on Tuesday to urgently implement plans to reverse what the organization called "a drastic decline" in the population of hawksbill sea turtles.

Record Warm Winter Stirs Sleepy Estonian Bears
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - David Mardiste, Reuters

Estonia's warmest winter for two centuries has woken some of its 600 bears several months early from hibernation, wildlife experts say.

Fishermen Barred from Spawning Grounds of Rare Species in U.S. Virgin Islands
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

U.S. authorities have barred fishing in areas of the U.S. Virgin Islands where rare species spawn, officials said Monday.

Senses, Sand Dunes Helped Tsunami Animals Escape
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Dayan Candappa, Reuters

Wildlife in Sri Lanka's biggest national park survived last month's tsunami, but it was probably keen senses and the lay of the land rather than any mysterious instinct for danger that enabled animals to scamper to safety.

Scientists Watch for Antarctic Iceberg Collision
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Scientists were watching on Monday for a collision between a giant iceberg and an Antarctic glacier, which could free up sea lanes to America's McMurdo Station and help penguins reach crucial feeding areas.

Four Endangered Whales Found Dead in Six Weeks
January 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Four endangered whales have been found dead in the past six weeks -- including two just this week, scientists said.

Environmentalists Say Sound Wave Research off Yucatan Threatens Marine Life
January 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa J. Adams, Associated Press

Scientists working off the Yucatan Peninsula are preparing to use sound waves to search for information about an asteroid that may have wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

Casino Developers Granted Permit to Build Resort Near Wetlands in U.S. Virgin Islands
January 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

The government granted casino developers a permit to build a $150 million resort near sensitive wetlands, drawing complaints from environmentalists.

Nebraska Zoo Discovers Two Species of Lemurs
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers with the Henry Doorly Zoo have discovered two new species of lemurs, one of the most primitive and endangered primates in the world, the zoo announced Wednesday.

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