Feb 26, 2016

Record 6,250 manatees spotted in Florida waters

The number of manatees in the waters around Florida has reached a new peak of at least 6,250, conservationists said Thursday, a record reflecting years of efforts to protect the mammals. The count is up slightly from the 6,063 spotted last year, the Florida ...

Dodos were not so dumb after all

Feb 25, 2016

Dodos were not so dumb after all

The dodo is an extinct flightless bird whose name has become synonymous with stupidity. But it turns out that the dodo was no birdbrain, but instead a reasonably brainy bird. Scientists said on Wednesday they figured out the dodo’s brain size and structure based ...

Acidic oceans stifling coral growth: study

Feb 25, 2016

Acidic oceans stifling coral growth: study

Scientists unveiled the first conclusive evidence Wednesday that growing ocean acidity caused by global warming is already stifling growth of vital coral reefs. The decline of shallow-water corals, home to a quarter of the ocean’s species and a lifeline for a billion people, has ...

Feb 19, 2016

U.S. population of endangered Mexican gray wolf declines

The southwestern U.S. population of endangered Mexican gray wolves declined by 12 percent last year after five years of steady growth, leading wildlife advocates to suggest that illegal killings of the beleaguered predators may be to blame. Wildlife managers said Thursday the drop — ...

Feb 19, 2016

Big-brained mammals more likely to go extinct

Mammals with large brains tend to be smarter but they also face a greater chance today of going extinct, according to a new study. Scientists have long known that having oodles of grey matter comes at a certain cost. Supplying a big brain with ...

Feb 15, 2016

Doubts grow over Myanmar 'red panda' find

Doubts were cast Monday over a poignant tale of a rescued panda donated to a Mandalay zoo, after an expert said a photo in Myanmar’s state media showed a creature that more closely resembled a black bear. The “Himalayan panda” — a term sometimes ...

U.S. proposes to curb illegal fishing by tracing imports

Feb 5, 2016

U.S. proposes to curb illegal fishing by tracing imports

Shrimp, swordfish, cod and crab are among more than a dozen types of seafood that would be subject to increasing scrutiny under a U.S. plan to curb illegal imports, U.S. officials said Thursday. The proposal announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ...

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, ...