Latest Forests News

It's hard to find treatment for snakebites in Kenya. Thousands of people are dying every year

Jun. 20, 2024 04:01 AM EDT

MWINGI, Kenya (AP) — Esther Kangali felt a sharp pain while on her mother’s farm in eastern Kenya. She looked down and saw a large snake coiling around her left leg. She screamed, and her mother came running. Kangali was rushed to a nearby health center, but it lacked antivenom...

Rare twin elephants in Thailand receive monks' blessings a week after their tumultuous birth

Jun. 14, 2024 11:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Buddhist monks in Thailand on Friday blessed twin baby elephants, one male and the other female, a week after their rare birth came close to being a tragedy. Their mother, Chamchuri, gave birth to the pair on the night of June 7 at a camp in Thailand’s ancient...

AP PHOTOS: Nomadic Muslim devotees throng a forest shrine in disputed Kashmir

Jun. 12, 2024 23:11 PM EDT

BABA NAGRI, India (AP) — The road to the Baba Nagri forest shrine in India-controlled Kashmir was a colorful spectacle. Tens of thousands of men in vibrant attires, henna-dyed beards and bright headgears thronged the Muslim shrine nestled at the base of a mountain to pay their obeisance last...

New Zealand renews search for father who vanished into forest with children 2 years ago

Jun. 11, 2024 02:05 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities offered a reward and immunity from prosecution Tuesday to anyone who can help their search for three children who have been missing since their father vanished with them from a remote rural community more than two years ago. ...

Soldiers in Malawi search for missing military plane carrying vice president and former first lady

Jun. 10, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Soldiers are searching mountainous forests near a city in northern Malawi after a military plane carrying the country's vice president and a former first lady went missing in the area Monday, President Lazarus Chakwera said. The plane carrying 51-year-old...

In Indonesia, women ranger teams go on patrol to slow deforestation

Jun. 03, 2024 21:06 PM EDT

DAMARAN BARU, Indonesia (AP) — In a lush jungle at the foothills of a volcano in Indonesia's Aceh province, the song of gibbons in the trees mixes with the laughter of the seven forest rangers trekking below them. An hour into their patrol, the rangers spot another mammal in the forest with them....

Chile accuses volunteer firefighter and ex-forestry official with causing huge fire that killed 137

May. 25, 2024 22:39 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean judge on Saturday ordered a volunteer firefighter and a former forestry official detained for allegedly planning and causing a mammoth forest fire in the Valparaiso region that caused 137 deaths and made 16,000 people homeless in February. The court...

Italian museum recreates Tanzanian butterfly forest to raise awareness on biodiversity research

May. 22, 2024 22:13 PM EDT

TRENTO, Italy (AP) — In a lush greenhouse high in the Alps, butterflies of various species and colors flutter freely while butterfly pupae are suspended in a structure as they grow into adult insects. This is the Butterfly Forest in the tropical mountain greenhouse in Trento,...

Native seeds could soon be fueling new growth on burned out acreage across Hawaii

May. 22, 2024 15:05 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The federal government is funneling millions of dollars to a University of Hawaii initiative aimed at increasing the number of seeds for hardy native and non-invasive plants that can compete against the dominant invasive grasses that fuel wildfires. The U.S. Forest...

Hundreds of hostages, mostly women and children, are rescued from Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria

May. 21, 2024 07:20 AM EDT

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of hostages, mostly children and women, who were held captive for months or years by Boko Haram extremists in northeastern Nigeria have been rescued from a forest enclave and handed over to authorities, the army said. The 350 hostages had been...