Vietnam's beloved sacred turtle dies: state media

Jan 21, 2016

Vietnam's beloved sacred turtle dies: state media

A sacred giant turtle venerated as a symbol of Vietnam’s independence struggle has died, state media said, prompting an outpouring of grief and fears the death bodes ill for an upcoming communist leadership handover. The reptile, a critically endangered Swinhoe soft-shell turtle, occupies a ...

Jan 15, 2016

Rare Cambodian elephant footage raises survival hopes

Rare footage of an elephant herd roaming through Cambodia’s biggest forest sanctuary signals the success of a 14-year conservation program and raises hopes for the endangered species’ survival, an environment group said Friday. The camera-trap footage, taken in the spectacular and remote Cardamom Mountains, ...

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 ...

SeaWorld suing California over ban on orca breeding

Dec 30, 2015

SeaWorld suing California over ban on orca breeding

SeaWorld filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging a California commission’s ruling that bans the company from breeding captive killer whales at its San Diego theme park. The suit filed in San Diego County Superior Court says the California Coastal Commission was outside its authority when ...

Colombia hoping to repopulate the skies with condors

Dec 24, 2015

Colombia hoping to repopulate the skies with condors

A pair of Chilean condors have been brought to a zoo in Medellin as part of an effort to reintroduce the majestic birds in Colombia, where they have become all but extinct. “Condors are a very endangered species,” said Sandra Correa, director the Santa ...

Dec 17, 2015

Environment, not 'bad luck', mainly to blame for cancer: study

Environmental factors such as sunshine and tobacco smoke cause more cancers than random DNA mutations, researchers have affirmed — contesting another team’s conclusions that “bad luck” was mainly to blame. The study, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, was conducted to challenge a ...

Six new species of African clawed frog found

Dec 17, 2015

Six new species of African clawed frog found

Scientists have discovered six new kinds of African clawed frog, boosting the number of known species by 30 percent and offering new avenues for research on human disease, said a study Wednesday. The creatures are the “most widely studied amphibians in the world,” and ...

Endangered monkey-eating eagle hatched in Philippines

Dec 10, 2015

Endangered monkey-eating eagle hatched in Philippines

A monkey-eating eagle has been hatched in captivity in the Philippines, boosting the giant, critically endangered bird’s fight against extinction. Found only in the rapidly vanishing tropical rain forests of the Philippines, the meter-long (3.3-foot) raptor gets its name from its diet of macaque ...

Nov 27, 2015

Destruction of Brazil's Amazon jumps 16 percent in 2015

The destruction of Brazil’s Amazon forest, the world’s largest intact rain forest, increased by 16 percent in 2015 from a year ago as the government struggles to enforce legislation and stop illegal clearings. Satellite data for the 12 months through the end of July ...