106 Burmese pythons captured in Florida

Feb 28, 2016

106 Burmese pythons captured in Florida

The 106 Burmese pythons captured over a monthlong hunt won’t help control Florida’s invasive snake population, but wildlife officials said Saturday that doesn’t matter as much as the awareness they bring to the state’s environmental concerns. Thousands of pythons, far from their natural habitat ...

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 ...

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 ...

Feb 11, 2016

Climate change 'forcing species to move'

Warming temperatures are causing about half of the world’s plants and animals to move location, an international conference in Australia heard Wednesday, with every major type of species affected. Camille Parmesan, an expert from Britain’s Plymouth University on how climate change impacts wildlife, said ...