European bison released into Romanian wild

May 18, 2014

European bison released into Romanian wild

Seventeen European bison were released in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania on Saturday, one of the largest re-introductions of the endangered mammal in Europe. The animals, which came from Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, were blessed by a local Orthodox priest in the southwestern ...

Eco-tourism may help save African chimps

May 4, 2014

Eco-tourism may help save African chimps

Before dawn in the thick rain forest of western Cote d’Ivoire, the air was filled with the sounds of male chimpanzees screaming, hooting and banging on trees. A baby chimpanzee named Dali slowly stretched out his brown, furry arms and clumsily scrambled from a ...

African land-grabs endanger elephants

Apr 21, 2014

African land-grabs endanger elephants

Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group’s report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking. Zimbabwe ...

Logging, blast fishing hit Myanmar's 'paper parks'

Apr 6, 2014

Logging, blast fishing hit Myanmar's 'paper parks'

Off a remote, glimmering beach backed by a lush tropical forest, Julia Tedesco skims the crystalline waters with mask and fins, looking for coral and fish. “There is almost nothing left down there,” the environmental project manager said, wading toward a sign on the ...

Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions

Mar 2, 2014

Wolf hunt stand-off in Sweden heightens rural tensions

Farmers and hunters in Sweden are crying foul over a wolf-hunt ban, which they say threatens their way of life and may lead to civil disobedience. “I think we could live with some wolves, but not as many as there are now. They’re getting ...

Mar 2, 2014

Indonesia hopes to cash in as a haven for manta ray tourism

Indonesia is now the world’s largest sanctuary for manta rays, after officials were persuaded by evidence that the gentle giants known for delighting tourists are worth more alive than dead. The government on Friday announced that manta rays within the archipelago’s 5.8 million square ...

Jan 31, 2014

Australia to dump sludge on barrier reef

The government agency that oversees Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on Friday approved a plan to dump vast swaths of sediment on the reef as part of a major coal port expansion — a decision that environmentalists say will endanger one of the world’s most ...

Africa's fight on rhino, elephant poachers aided

Jan 31, 2014

Africa's fight on rhino, elephant poachers aided

Africa is getting tougher in its fight against poaching. New laws with stiff penalties, more military training for rangers and new technology like drones with thermal cameras are all helping to protect rhinos and elephants. A new law in Kenya that increases penalties for ...

U.N. targets wildlife traders in Africa sanctions

Jan 31, 2014

U.N. targets wildlife traders in Africa sanctions

The U.N. Security Council has targeted illegal wildlife traffickers for sanctions in a pair of resolutions against African armed groups, a step that conservationists called unprecedented and a major shift on a problem that has morphed from an environmental issue into a security threat. ...

Monarch migration at risk of ending

| Jan 30, 2014

Monarch migration at risk of ending

The stunning and little understood annual migration of monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday after monarch numbers in their winter range dropped to the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993. Their report blamed ...

Cote d'Ivoire launches novel effort to rescue, relocate forest elephants

Jan 27, 2014

Cote d'Ivoire launches novel effort to rescue, relocate forest elephants

Conservationists are capturing and relocating elephants in Cote d’Ivoire forced out of their traditional habitat by encroaching humans, in the first such operation attempted in Africa’s forests. The International Fund for Animal Welfare this week began tranquilizing elephants outside the western town of Daloa, ...