Latest Species conservation and preservation News

Nesting penguins can't resist lure of New Zealand sushi shop

Jul. 17, 2019 5:15 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two little blue penguins just couldn't stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean. Wellington police described them as "waddling vagrants," while the store's co-owner joked he had...

Company wants to mine at edge of protected Okefenokee Swamp

Jul. 16, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A company is seeking permits to mine minerals near the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp, a vast untamed wilderness that's home to the largest national wildlife refuge in the eastern U.S. The proposal comes 20 years after chemical giant DuPont abandoned plans to mine outside the Okefenokee...

Rare sea turtles smash nesting records in Georgia, Carolinas

Jul. 13, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Rare sea turtles are smashing nesting records this summer on beaches in the Southeast, with scientists crediting the egg-laying boom to conservation measures that began more than 30 years ago. Giant loggerhead sea turtles weighing up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) crawl ashore to dig...

Man convicted of trafficking sharks kept in his basement

Jul. 12, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A man who kept sharks in a pool in his upstate New York basement has been convicted of trafficking wildlife. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the attorney general's office say Friday that Joshua Seguine, of LaGrangeville, pleaded guilty to illegal...

Governor pushes back at feds on protection for rare whales

Jul. 12, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A directive for new protections for endangered right whales represents an "absurd federal overreach" that places an unfair burden on Maine's signature lobster fishery, Gov. Janet Mills said. She ordered the state Department of Marine Resources to draft an alternative plan that would...

Condor chick confirmed at Zion National Park in Utah

Jul. 11, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sweeping red-rock cliff at Utah's Zion National Park is now the home of a new California condor chick as the species makes a comeback in the wild three decades after they were on the brink of extinction, biologists have confirmed. The chick is believed to have hatched in early May...

9 deer at famed park in Japan die after eating plastic bags

Jul. 11, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nine deer at a famed park in western Japan have died recently after swallowing plastic bags. Nara Park has more than 1,000 deer, and tourists can feed them special sugar-free crackers sold in shops nearby. The crackers don't come in plastic bags, but people still carry them. A veterinarian...

California asks US to end plan to drop rat poison on islands

Jul. 10, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal wildlife officials were urged Wednesday to withdraw a proposal to drop 1.5 tons of rat poison on remote islands off the coast of California to kill a mice infestation until they address questions on the impact to wildlife. The California Coastal Commission heard public comment...

Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back

Jul. 10, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) — Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery...

Thousands of endangered animals seized in customs operation

Jul. 10, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Police and customs officials have carried out the most widespread anti-wildlife-trafficking operation ever in a joint global operation that's led to the seizure of thousands of endangered animals and the arrest of nearly 600 suspects. The World Customs Organization and Interpol said Wednesday...