Jul 30, 2014

Japanese regulators to impose limits on new eel farms

The Fisheries Agency has asked prefectural governments across the country to curb the number of new eel farmers in a bid to protect the Japanese eel, sources told Jiji Press on Tuesday. In a directive issued by the agency’s director general early this month, ...

Zookeeper reconnects humans and nature

Jul 14, 2014

Zookeeper reconnects humans and nature

by Hisashi Sasaki

Visitors to the Toyama Municipal Family Park Zoo won’t find popular exotic animals such as elephants or lions. Instead they can reconnect with a natural environment they’re already familiar with. The zoo is dedicated to animal and insect species long present in Japan, including ...

Flightless bird species coming back in Okinawa

Mar 20, 2014

Flightless bird species coming back in Okinawa

The population of the Okinawa rail, a flightless bird native to northern Okinawa Prefecture, is recovering thanks to a campaign to capture an introduced predator — the Asian mongoose. The Okinawa rail, known as “Yambaru Kuina” in its native northern Okinawa Island, drew national ...

Endangered beetles put on block

Sep 26, 2013

Endangered beetles put on block

Specimens of an endangered species of insect captured in Tottori Prefecture were put up for sale on an Internet auction site, prefectural officials said Thursday. The entries for two diving beetles were removed from the website as soon as officials warned the seller that ...

Jul 23, 2013

The danger zone for eels

As Japanese eels move closer to an international endangered species list, Japanese consumers had better try to curb their appetite for them.

Jun 6, 2013

'Living fossil' frog yet to croak: study

The first amphibian to have been declared extinct by the world’s conservation watchdog has been named a “living fossil” after it was rediscovered alive and well in northern Israel, researchers reported Tuesday. In 1996, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) put the ...