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Kenyan all-female wildlife ranger team breaks down barriers

Aug. 14, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

KAJIADO, Kenya (AP) — On the sweeping plains at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, a group of female wildlife rangers is making history by defying patriarchal norms that have been passed down for centuries, patrolling against poachers instead of doing household chores. The eight ethnic Maasai women known as...

Judge invalidates Trump rollback of law protecting birds

Aug. 12, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge in New York has invalidated rule changes put in place by the Trump administration that scaled back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni's ruling Tuesday...

3 Mexico smugglers undone by screech of their howler monkeys

Aug. 5, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Somewhat predictably, an attempt by three people to smuggle two howler monkeys in southern Mexico was undone when the protected animals locked in a suitcase began emitting their piercing cries. The National Guard said Wednesday that officers uncovered the smuggling try when they stopped...

A Fully grown Gorilla holding baby in Bwindi National Park Uganda, Tuesday Aug.4.2020. Two new baby gorillas have been spotted in a national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a Ugandan wildlife official said Tuesday, saying the additions are part of a baby boom in the forested protected area popular with tourists. For us it's a sign of relief. We lost one. We got two. But, of course, losing one is bad enough,

Uganda reports 2 new gorilla babies in Bwindi national park

Aug. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Two new baby gorillas have been discovered in a Ugandan national park where a beloved primate named Rafiki was killed in June, a wildlife official announced Tuesday, saying the infants are part of a baby boom in the protected forest popular with tourists. “For us it's a sign...

In this undated handout photo provided by the Wroclaw zoo, a little tiger is pictured at the zoo in Wroclaw, Poland. The 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is getting to know the world and learning to hunt from her mother at a zoo in southwestern Poland, the first such cub born there in 20 years. The as-yet-unnamed cub was born May 23 as her mother Nuri’s first offspring and the authorities at the Wroclaw Zoo are overjoyed that the mother is taking very good care of her. (Wroclaw Zoo via AP)

Sumatran tiger cub learns to hunt from mother at Poland zoo

Jul. 23, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A 2-month-old Sumatran tiger cub is getting to know the world and learning to hunt from her mother at a zoo in southwestern Poland, the first such cub born there in 20 years. The as-yet-unnamed female cub was born May 23 as her mother Nuri’s first offspring and the authorities...

Northeast Indian state bans sale of dog meat amid protest

Jul. 4, 2020 5:54 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Authorities in India’s northeastern state of Nagaland have banned the sale of dog meat and halted the import and trading of dogs to be used for food, officials said Saturday. The remote Christian-majority state’s Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said in a tweet that the state...

In this supplied photo a dead elephant lies in the bush in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Monday May 25, 2020.  Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses, with 275 found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks.(Photo via AP)

Botswana investigates 'mysterious deaths' of 275 elephants

Jul. 3, 2020 6:07 AM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses — 275 — found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent weeks. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks said it is mobilizing human personnel and...

This November 2014 photo provided by the Wildlife Trust of India shows a leopard caught in a trap in a forest in Karnataka, India. Authorities in India are concerned a 2020 spike in poaching not only could kill more endangered tigers and leopards but also species these carnivores depend upon to survive. (WTI via AP)

Coronavirus lockdowns increase poaching in Asia, Africa

Jun. 22, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A camera trap photo of an injured tigress and a forensic examination of its carcass revealed why the creature died: a poacher’s wire snare punctured its windpipe and sapped its strength as the wound festered for days. Snares like this one set in southern India's dense forest have...