Jan 8, 2016

Monkey cannot own copyright to selfies, judge rules

A macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs cannot be declared the copyright owner of the photos, a U.S. judge said. U.S. District Judge William Orrick said in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday that “while Congress and the president can extend the ...

U.S. says manatee should lose status as endangered species

Jan 8, 2016

U.S. says manatee should lose status as endangered species

The West Indian manatee, or sea cow, should no longer be considered an endangered species because its population has rebounded, particularly in Florida, U.S. officials said Thursday. The tubby, grayish brown marine mammals were listed as endangered almost 50 years ago, after being killed ...

Jan 7, 2016

SeaWorld, California authorities reach settlement in safety cases

SeaWorld and California regulators said on Wednesday they have reached a settlement over allegations that the marine park did not properly train its employees to interact with its famed killer whales. Four citations, with combined possible fines of up to $25,770, were issued in ...

Australia to boost crocodile product exports

Jan 4, 2016

Australia to boost crocodile product exports

Australian officials are looking to increase the export of crocodile products in 2016, after decades of official protection to stop them being hunted to extinction have increased their numbers. Under a new Saltwater Crocodile Wildlife Trade Management Plan (WTMP), which came into effect at ...

Jan 4, 2016

Gifu man's missing ostrich found dead in nearby woods

An ostrich that had escaped from its owner in Gifu Prefecture at the end of last year was found dead Sunday with the branch of a tree protruding from in its neck, the Asahi Shimbun reported Monday. The ostrich was about 2 meters tall, ...

Jan 3, 2016

Humpback whales slow to arrive in Hawaii

December usually marks the start of humpback whale season in Hawaii, but experts say the animals have been slow to return this year. The giant whales are an iconic part of winter on the islands and a source of income for tour operators. But ...