Latest Zoology News

Major emperor penguin breeding ground gone barren since 2016

Apr. 24, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the past three years, virtually nothing has hatched at Antarctica's second biggest breeding grounds for emperor penguins and the start of this year is looking just as bleak, a new study found. Usually 15,000 to 24,000 breeding pairs of emperor penguins flock yearly to a breeding site...

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

Apr. 21, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination. The toxic element is turning up in feathers of peregrine falcons from coast to coast, including those at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, state Department of Wildlife...

Bobcat survives deadly California wildfire, has 4 kittens

Apr. 19, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A young bobcat that survived a massive and deadly wildfire in Southern California last year has given birth to four kittens, wildlife officials said Friday. Biologists recently found the bobcat's den in dense vegetation in a large residential backyard in Westlake Village just...

Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline

Apr. 18, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinating everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of New Hampshire wanted to understand if the documented declines hitting honeybees and...

Celeb or stranger? Study weighs Americans' interest in birds

Apr. 15, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Whooping cranes, common ravens and peregrine falcons are among the celebrities of the sky in the eyes of Americans, even those who've never laid eyes them. The ruffed grouse or purple martin? They're like friends you might chat with. The wrentit and the Abert's towhee are like the neighbors...

These 'eggs' are spying on whooping cranes to boost survival

Apr. 10, 2019 1:29 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Scientists are using fake eggs to spy on whooping cranes in hopes of learning why some chicks die in the egg, while others hatch. Data gathered by the spy eggs could help biologists in Louisiana and Canada preserve the endangered long-legged birds, which have made a tenuous rebound after...

Survey: More Mexican gray wolves roaming southwestern US

Apr. 8, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More Mexican gray wolves are roaming the American Southwest now than at any time since federal biologists began reintroducing the predators more than two decades ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday. Agency officials declared progress for the endangered species...

Biologists: Killing hungry sea lions saving imperiled fish

Apr. 4, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A plan to kill California sea lions to save an endangered run of fish on a river that cuts through Portland, Oregon, appears to be working just months after wildlife officials began euthanizing the giant marine mammals, biologists said Thursday. The Oregon Department of Fish and...

Feds support tribe's push for only whale hunt in mainland US

Apr. 4, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials are supporting a decadeslong request by a Native American tribe in Washington state to resume what would be the only authorized whale hunts in the mainland U.S., a long-held custom that animal rights activists oppose as outdated and cruel. The National Oceanic and...

Meow hear this: Study says cats react to sound of their name

Apr. 4, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hey Kitty! Yes, you. A new study suggests household cats can respond to the sound of their own names. No surprise to you or most cat owners, right? But Japanese scientists said Thursday that they've provided the first experimental evidence that cats can distinguish between words that we...