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Nearly 200 rhinos killed this year in South Africa: WWF

Nearly 200 rhinos were killed in South Africa in the first half of 2011, with most slaughtered in the world-famous Kruger National Park, environmental group WWF said. South Africa lost 193 rhinos in the first six months of the year, with 126 of them killed in Kruger, one of South…

Elephant countries form ‘E-8′ conservation group

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Eight countries with the largest number of elephants met for the first on Tuesday in New Delhi to plot new strategies to protect the animal. “Delegates here represent two-thirds of the world’s wild elephant population,” Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh told the inaugural gathering of the…

Hong Kong initiates mass tubal ligation program for hard-to-catch monkeys

by John Saeki HONG KONG (AFP) – Wild monkeys don’t seem to care that Hong Kong is a concrete jungle — they thrive so well on its fringes that the government has introduced birth control to curb a population boom. Easy food handouts from some of the city’s seven million…

Unicorn-like animal protected in Vietnam reserve

HANOI (AFP) – The establishment of a nature reserve in Vietnam has brought new hope for the survival of a mysterious twin-horned creature “on the brink of extinction”, conservation group WWF said. Authorities in the central Quang Nam province agreed last week to set up the reserve dedicated to the…

Tigers could be extinct within 12 years: WWF

STOCKHOLM — Tigers could become extinct within 12 years but a top level meeting in Russia next month could help reverse the decline, nature conservation body WWF said on Thursday. “The worse scenario is that the tiger could be gone when the next year of the tiger comes along, in…

Canadian pot growers use wild bears to guard stash

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Police said Wednesday they were astonished to find at least 14 wild black bears guarding an illegal marijuana growing operation after a recent raid on the property in westernmost Canada. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Fred Mansveld said police believe two growers arrested in the raid…

Shocker: Conservatives have no taste for conservation, study finds

A pair of University of California, Los Angeles professors tracking subtle socioeconomic responses to detailed consumer information about power consumption have effectively pinpointed something oft’ joked of by so-called “liberals” but never genuinely proven until now: conservatives, by and large, have no taste for conservation. By studying average household electricity…

125 whales dead in New Zealand strandings

More than 125 whales have died in two separate strandings in New Zealand, conservation officials said Monday. At Farewell Spit, west of the South Island tourist town of Nelson, 105 long-finned pilot whales died in a mass beaching on Saturday, while 21 pilot whales died Sunday at a beach on…

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