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In this photo released by the Ishaqbini Community Conservancy, a male giraffe with a rare genetic trait called leucism that causes a white color is darted with a tranquilizer in order to fit a GPS tracking device, seen from a helicopter in the Ishaqbini Community Conservancy in Kenya Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. The only known white giraffe in the world has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers as it grazes in the arid savannah in Kenya near the Somalia border. (Ishaqbini Community Conservancy via AP)

World's last known white giraffe gets GPS tracking device

Nov. 17, 2020 6:21 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The only known white giraffe in the world has been fitted with a GPS tracking device to help protect it from poachers as it grazes in Kenya. But despite its singular status, the lonely male doesn't have a name. The white giraffe now stands alone after a female and her calf were killed...

Veterinary nurse, Alicia Abbott, of the African Pangolin Working Group in South Africa holds a pangolin, at a Wildlife Veterinary Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. The group have been rehabilitating pangolins rescued from poachers for nearly a decade.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Pangolin patrol: Volunteer team rescues endangered animals

Nov. 4, 2020 3:12 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The traumatized pangolins arrive at a Johannesburg wildlife clinic emaciated and badly injured. They are the lucky ones. Rescued from poachers, they will survive thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers who tend their wounds, feed them and coax them back to health. Pangolins are unique...

Florida agency: Flying squirrels illegally shipped to Asia

Oct. 19, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Flying squirrels were being trapped in Florida, driven to Chicago and shipped to South Korea, Florida wildlife officials said Monday while announcing charges against seven people they say ran an illegal wildlife trafficking operation. Poachers set as many as 10,000 squirrel traps...

FILE - This Nov. 28, 2018, file photo provided by the United States Attorney's Office and introduced as evidence in court in Honolulu shows some of the hundreds of shark fins seized from a Japanese fishing boat. A business that owns a Japanese fishing boat pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020 in a shark finning case. Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. agreed to pay a $126,000 fine and forfeit another $119,000 because of an investigation that found shark fins in crewmembers' luggage in 2018. (U.S. Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Fishing boat owner pleads guilty in shark finning case

Oct. 8, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A business that owns a Japanese fishing boat pleaded guilty Thursday in a case involving Indonesian crew members who cut fins from sharks. Hamada Suisan Co. Ltd. agreed to pay a $126,000 fine and forfeit another $119,000 because of an investigation that found shark fins in crewmembers'...