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Indonesia's massive metals build-out is felling the forest for batteries

Jul. 15, 2024 21:14 PM EDT

LELILEF SAWAI, Indonesia (AP) — On a steep trek up to his forest farm on the Indonesian island of Halmahera, Librek Loha let out a cry of dismay. “Aduuuuh,” he said, his voice trailing off. “Landslides, again. They happen all the time now.” The mudslide...

Elephants trample a Spanish tourist to death in South Africa. He left a car to take photos

Jul. 09, 2024 10:29 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Elephants trampled to death a Spanish tourist at a South African wildlife reserve after he left his vehicle and approached a herd to take photographs, police and local government authorities said Tuesday. The 43-year-old man was killed on Sunday at...

A study finds Indonesia's deforested land is often left idle. But some see potential in that

Jul. 04, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Years after being felled, vast swathes of Indonesia's old-growth forests are left sitting idle. And when the land is finally put to use, it's most often for new palm oil plantations, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...

South African researchers test use of nuclear technology to curb rhino poaching

Jun. 28, 2024 03:15 AM EDT

MOKOPANE, South Africa (AP) — Researchers in South Africa have injected radioactive material into the horns of 20 rhinos as part of a research project aimed at reducing poaching. The idea is that radiation detectors already in place at national borders would detect the horns and...

List of threatened species grows by 1,000, but conservation efforts bring hope for some animals

Jun. 27, 2024 05:07 AM EDT

Over 45,000 species are now threatened with extinction — 1,000 more than last year — according to an international conservation organization that blames pressures from climate change, invasive species and human activity such as illicit trade and infrastructural expansion. The...

US tourist killed in Zambia elephant attack, the second this year

Jun. 21, 2024 08:25 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A U.S. tourist was killed by an elephant in the Zambian city of Livingstone Wednesday — in the second such attack in the country this year — local officials said. The officials said Friday that 64-year-old Juliana Gle Tourneau was killed when an elephant...

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...

With a big kick, Bubi the elephant oracle predicts Germany to win Euro 2024 opener

Jun. 13, 2024 12:46 PM EDT

STARKENBERG, Germany (AP) — Move over, Paul the octopus. There’s a new big-hitter in the world of soccer soothsayers. And this one is going for a win for Germany to open the European Championship. Bubi, an African elephant who lives in a reserve in Thuringia in...

African elephants call each other by unique names, new study shows

Jun. 10, 2024 12:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — African elephants call each other and respond to individual names — something that few wild animals do, according to new research published Monday. The names are one part of elephants' low rumbles that they can hear over long distances across the savanna....

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....