Jul 30, 2015

Japan to ban imports of red-eared slider turtles

The Environment Ministry plans to ban imports of non-native red-eared sliders, a type of turtle popular as pets in Japan, to protect the ecosystem. The ban probably won’t take effect until 2020 at the earliest, Shigeo Kitamura, the vice environment minister, said Wednesday in ...

Fur trade a gold mine for China's Olympic bid city

Jul 30, 2015

Fur trade a gold mine for China's Olympic bid city

China’s proposed Winter Olympics co-host boasts pristine ski slopes carpeted with artificial snow, but the city once dubbed the country’s “fur capital” is also home to tens of thousands of caged rabbits and mink bred for their skins. The Chinese bid, the favorite to ...

Hong Kong giant panda becomes oldest ever

Jul 28, 2015

Hong Kong giant panda becomes oldest ever

It may not be considered a landmark birthday for humans, but turning 37 on Tuesday made Hong Kong’s Jia Jia the oldest-ever giant panda in captivity, and she celebrated in style. The equivalent of more than 100 years old in human terms, Jia Jia ...

Yamaguchi zoo gives roaches image overhaul

Jul 23, 2015

Yamaguchi zoo gives roaches image overhaul

A Japanese zoo is trying to do the impossible — improve the image of cockroaches, putting on an exhibition of one of the world’s most hated insects. With a whopping — and disgusting — 4,000 species around the planet, the hardy creature can survive ...

Jul 17, 2015

Polar bears can't conserve energy when fasting

A study of an Alaska polar bear population in summer concludes the bear’s biology will not help stave off starvation in the face of global warming. The study of southern Beaufort Sea polar bears by university, federal and private researchers over three years concludes ...