Gift of good luck: Japan loans rare <I>marimo</I> moss balls to Taiwan

National Oct 8, 2019

Gift of good luck: Japan loans rare marimo moss balls to Taiwan

The Taipei Zoo has received four rare, naturally formed marimo moss balls on loan from the city of Kushiro, Hokkaido, in Japan's first such arrangement through cooperative conservation programs, zoo officials said on Monday. The city has lent a total of seven marimo to the ...

More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires

World / Science & Health Sep 26, 2019

More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires

More than 2 million wild animals, including jaguars, pumas and llamas, have perished in weeks of wildfires that devastated huge swaths of Bolivian forest and grassland, environmental experts said Wednesday. The fires devastated the Chiquitania tropical savanna in the east of the country. "We have consulted ...

Debate over Japan's extinct wolf grows

Environment Sep 13, 2019

Debate over Japan's extinct wolf grows

by Alex Martin

An unidentified animal howl recorded in the Okuchichibu mountains bears a strong resemblance to a wolf howl, according to an analysis of audio samples provided by Hiroshi Yagi, an independent researcher who has been working to prove the existence of the officially extinct Japanese ...

Scientists create embryos to save northern white rhinos

World Sep 11, 2019

Scientists create embryos to save northern white rhinos

Conservationists have successfully created two northern white rhino embryos in a key step towards pulling the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists in Italy said Wednesday. There are only two survivors in the world, and both are female and unable to carry calves. ...

CITES agrees on near-total ban on sending wild elephants to zoos

World Aug 27, 2019

CITES agrees on near-total ban on sending wild elephants to zoos

The regulator of global wildlife trade will impose a near-total ban on sending African elephants captured from the wild to zoos after a final vote on the issue on Tuesday. Following a heated debate at a meeting of parties to the Convention on International Trade ...