Latest Species conservation and preservation News

Bei Bei, an American-born panda, leaves Washington for China

Nov. 19, 2019 3:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A specially equipped Boeing 777 jet took off from Dulles International Airport on Tuesday carrying a true Washington celebrity: Bei Bei, a 4-year-old giant panda. Visitors to Washington’s National Zoo have watched him grow up since Day One. But now he’s headed to China....

Dolphins release Walton after arrest for hitting girlfriend

Nov. 19, 2019 1:20 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins released suspended running back Mark Walton on Tuesday, hours after he was arrested on charges of punching his pregnant girlfriend in the head. Police in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Davie said in a report that officers went to a home at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday,...

The Latest: Dolphins release Walton after battering arrest

Nov. 19, 2019 12:39 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the release of Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton (all times local): 12:35 p.m. The Miami Dolphins released troubled running back Mark Walton after police say he punched his pregnant girlfriend several times in the head. Police in the Fort Lauderdale suburb...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...

Forest Service opposes bear-baiting ban in Idaho, Wyoming

Nov. 18, 2019 3:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are contesting a lawsuit filed by environmental groups seeking to ban using bait to hunt black bears in national forests in Idaho and Wyoming. The groups say allowing the use of bait could harm federally protected grizzly bears. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish...

Correction: Tribe-Whaling story

Nov. 18, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the Makah Tribe’s effort to resume whaling in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Makah is the only tribe with a treaty right to hunt whales. While the Makah is the only tribe whose treaty specifically mentions a right to hunt...

Arizona’s tiny desert owl has new chance for protection

Nov. 15, 2019 12:33 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Environmental groups say a tiny desert owl that makes its nest inside cavities of Arizona’s saguaro cactus has a new chance for federal protection. The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday an Aug. 5, 2021, deadline is set for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to...

Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe's parks agency said on Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo said at least 200 elephants have died...

Rare deer-like species photographed for first time in wild

Nov. 12, 2019 5:04 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A tiny deer-like species not seen by scientists for nearly 30 years has been photographed in a forest in southern Vietnam, a conservation group said Tuesday. Images of the silver-backed chevrotain, commonly called the Vietnamese mouse deer, were captured in the wild by trap cameras,...

Authorities ID hunter attacked by alligator in Florida

Nov. 11, 2019 6:56 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida have identified a man they say was hunting hogs when he was attacked by an alligator. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Sunday said 46-year-old James G. Boyce, of Palm Beach Gardens, suffered a "substantial" bite to his leg while...