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The winner in China's panda diplomacy: the pandas themselves

Jul. 18, 2024 23:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — China's panda diplomacy may have one true winner: the pandas themselves. Decades after Beijing began working with zoos in the U.S. and Europe to protect the species, the number of giant pandas in the wild has risen to 1,900, up from about 1,100 in the 1980s, and...

106 rare crocodile eggs are found in Cambodia, the biggest such discovery in 20 years

Jul. 18, 2024 21:05 PM EDT

PNOMH PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Conservationists in Cambodia found 106 eggs of rare Siamese crocodile species in a western Cambodian wildlife sanctuary, officials said Thursday, calling it the biggest discovery in the last 20 years, giving new hope for the world's rarest crocodile species' survival...

2 Amur tiger cubs have their first public outing at Germany's Cologne Zoo

Jul. 18, 2024 21:04 PM EDT

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Two Amur tiger cubs had their first public outing Thursday at Cologne Zoo in Germany, one of several zoos that have sought to help keep up the numbers of the rare big cats. The cubs — a female named Tochka and a male named Timur — were born in mid-April...

Tons of dead fish cover major river in Brazil after alleged dumping of industrial waste

Jul. 18, 2024 15:01 PM EDT

TANQUA, Brazil (AP) — Several tons of fish have died along one of the main rivers in Brazil's Sao Paulo state after an alleged illegal dumping of industrial waste from a sugar and ethanol plant, environmental authorities and prosecutors said Wednesday. A preliminary analysis...

Turkey holds a tense debate on a bill to control stray dogs. It's raising fears of a mass culling

Jul. 17, 2024 21:25 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish parliamentary commission began a tense debate Wednesday on a bill to manage the country's large stray dog population that animal advocates fear could result in the widespread killing of the animals. The legislation, submitted to parliament by...

US judge suspends Alaska Cook Inlet lease, pending additional environmental review

Jul. 17, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An environmental review underpinning a 2022 oil and gas lease sale in Alaska failed to properly analyze the potential impacts on endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales, a federal judge has ruled in suspending the lone lease stemming from that sale. U.S. District...

Webcam monitors hundreds of rattlesnakes at a Colorado 'mega den' for citizen science

Jul. 16, 2024 23:29 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — They creep, slither and slide over and around each other by the dozen and now there's a webcam so that anybody can watch them online at any time, even at night. A “mega den” with as many as 2,000 rattlesnakes isn't top binge-watching for many people....

Albert the alligator's owner sues New York state agency in effort to be reunited with seized pet

Jul. 16, 2024 15:26 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man whose 750-pound alligator was seized is suing the state Department of Environmental Conservation in an effort to get him back, saying the agency was wrong not to renew a license for the pet he looked after for more than 30 years. ...

No kidding! King Charles III bestows royal title on rare golden goat breed

Jul. 16, 2024 14:19 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III has bestowed a royal title on a rare golden goat breed. From now on, the breed known for its connection to the island of Guernsey will have the special title of Royal Golden Guernsey Goat. The title, bestowed Tuesday during the king's visit to the...

Hawaii ag agency won’t get all the money slated for pest management after all

Jul. 16, 2024 12:44 PM EDT

Hawaii Gov. Josh Green last week slashed $10 million from the Department of Agriculture’s budget aimed at limiting the spread of invasive species. Green said the agency likely couldn’t spend the money before it lapsed because the agency didn’t have the staffing to effectively...