Scientists unravel mysteries of osprey migration

Aug 21, 2016

Scientists unravel mysteries of osprey migration

Scientists have long known ospreys make an epic journey each summer from New England to South America. But the details of their dangerous trip remained a mystery — until now. Thanks to trackers on the backs of these fish-eating raptors, scientists are filling in ...

'Suppon' soft-shell turtle added to threatened species list

Jul 5, 2016

'Suppon' soft-shell turtle added to threatened species list

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources has added the Chinese soft-shell turtle, known in Japan as suppon, to its Red List of Threatened Species. The turtle, a delicacy in Asia, was added in the category of “vulnerable,” the third-highest among ...

Baby elephants become latest status symbol among Sri Lanka's rich

Jul 1, 2016

Baby elephants become latest status symbol among Sri Lanka's rich

Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka’s wealthy elite — a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown. Elephants are venerated in mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka and capturing them is illegal. Yet authorities say ...

Hairy future for Australia's beloved koala

Jun 10, 2016

Hairy future for Australia's beloved koala

A sweet, sickly smell filled the air as a 12-year-old koala named Sherwood Robyn was brought into an examination room at Australia’s first hospital for the furry marsupials. From afar, she appeared in fine health. But closer inspection revealed a “wet bottom” — a ...

Kenya burns record ton of ivory, warns poachers

May 1, 2016

Kenya burns record ton of ivory, warns poachers

Kenya’s president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from ...

Cambodian Royal Turtle in danger of extinction

Apr 25, 2016

Cambodian Royal Turtle in danger of extinction

Cambodia’s Royal Turtle is nearly extinct, with fewer than 10 left in the wild, because increased sand dredging and illegal clearance of flooded forest have shrunk its habitat, a conservationist group warned Monday. The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society said in a statement that ...