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Better protection sought for Thailand's helmeted hornbill

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Time is running out for Thailand's dwindling population of helmeted hornbills thanks to poaching of the exotic birds for the ivory-like casques atop their big red and yellow beaks. The species, known by the scientific name Rhinoplax vigil, is listed as "critically endangered" by the...

Florida man accused of forcing small alligator to drink beer

Oct. 10, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a Florida man who provoked a small alligator into biting his arm and poured beer into the animal's mouth. News outlets report 27-year-old Timothy Kepke and 22-year-old Noah Osborne were charged last week with unlawfully taking an alligator. Florida...

Japan rescues all North Korean fishermen after collision

Oct. 7, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities said they rescued all of about 60 North Korean fishermen whose boat collided with a Japanese patrol vessel and sank Monday in an area crowded with poachers. Coast guard officials earlier said that only about 20 North Korean crewmembers were thrown into the sea after their...

The Latest: Japan's Abe vows to take steps against poachers

Oct. 7, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on a collision between a Japanese fisheries patrol ship and a North Korea fishing boat (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to thoroughly investigate the case of a North Korean fishing boat that collided with a Japanese patrol ship in waters...

California man gets jail in death of protected mountain lion

Oct. 3, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A man who acknowledged shooting and killing a protected mountain lion that roamed the mountains near Los Angeles has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. The Ventura County district attorney's office said Thursday that Alfredo Gonzalez must also perform community service and pay...

Man gets prison for smuggling rhino horn cup from US to UK

Oct. 2, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — An Irish national has been sentenced to one year and two months in U.S. prison for trafficking a libation cup made from the horn of a protected black rhinoceros. Court records show that 50-year-old Richard Sheridan was sentenced Tuesday in Miami federal court after pleading guilty to...

Scientists succeed in creating northern white rhino embryos

Sep. 11, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

CREMONA, Italy (AP) — Scientists announced Wednesday they have succeeded in creating two embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino as part of an international effort to save the species, which is down to just two animals worldwide, both of them female. The embryos, created in the lab with eggs taken...

Pope denounces exploitation of Madagascar's unique resources

Sep. 7, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

ANTANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of Madagascar's unique natural resources on Saturday as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation by urging the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's ecosystem and keeping its people in...

US to allow trophy hunter to import body of rare black rhino

Sep. 6, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it will issue permit to a Michigan trophy hunter to import the skin, skull and horns from a rare black rhinoceros he shot in Africa. Documents show Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Michigan, applied last year for the permit required by the Fish and...

Scientists in Italy fertilize 7 northern white rhino eggs

Aug. 26, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

CREMONA, Italy (AP) — Silvia Colleoni's hand holding a syringe was trembling as she injected liquid into a micro pipette to facilitate the aspiration of sperm that had been removed and later frozen from one of the last then-living male northern white rhinos on Earth. Her nervousness in the Avantea...