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  • South African judge lifts domestic ban on rhino horn trade 26 Nov 2015 | 7:36 am

    South Africa says 1,215 rhinos were killed in 2014 for their horn which is used as a traditional medicine in East AsiaA South African judge on Thursday lifted a domestic ban on trade in rhino horns, alarming conservationists who described it as an "extremely dangerous move" that could worsen a poaching crisis. The government said it planned to appeal against the ruling, which was delivered in the Pretoria High Court after two South African game breeders fought a legal battle to overturn the moratorium. The court decision came ahead of a meeting in Johannesburg next year of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which could lift the global ban.

  • Belgian tourist boards parade cats to lure back tourists after lockdown 25 Nov 2015 | 11:26 am

    Belgium's tourist boards have latched onto a social media craze of cats that gave Brussels light relief during a tense five-day security lockdown in the wake of militant attacks in Paris. Images of the city's streets deserted as security forces hunted suspected Islamist militants have dealt a blow to Belgium's tourism industry, with hotels reporting many cancellations. When police on Sunday asked the public in Brussels not to share details of their operations on social media, Belgians took to tweeting each other pictures of their cats.

  • Goodbye, Nola: Only 3 Northern White Rhinos Remain in the World 24 Nov 2015 | 8:02 am

    Goodbye, Nola: Only 3 Northern White Rhinos Remain in the WorldOne of the four northern white rhinoceros left on Earth died yesterday (Nov. 22), leaving only three surviving members of the critically endangered species. In recent weeks, Nola suffered from a bacterial infection, and on Nov. 13, the aging animal underwent surgery to drain a large abscess in her pelvic region, which veterinarians finally identified as the source of her sickness. When intensified treatment efforts were unsuccessful, the animal's caretakers chose to euthanize her yesterday, in what was a "difficult decision," according to a statement released by the San Diego Zoo.

  • No charges for Colorado hunter who mistakenly killed gray wolf 23 Nov 2015 | 9:55 pm

    Federal wildlife officials said on Monday that a Colorado hunter who shot and killed a protected gray wolf that he mistook for a coyote will not face criminal charges, in a decision that angered conservationists. Prosecutors declined to press charges against the hunter for the April killing after a joint investigation conducted by federal and state authorities concluded that he did not intend to shoot the wolf,  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement. It is illegal to kill wolves without a special permit in most of the Lower 48 states, where the animals are protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

  • 2 baby red pandas make debut at New York zoo 23 Nov 2015 | 2:36 pm

    This Nov. 2, 2015 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society shows a red panda flanked by two baby red pandas at the Prospect Park Zoo in the Brooklyn borough of New York, where they have made their debut. The male and female pandas, which look similar to raccoons, are not members of the bear family that giant pandas belong to. The red pandas were born at the Brooklyn zoo on July 1. (Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Two baby red pandas have made their debut at the Prospect Park Zoo in New York.

  • Endangered rhino dies at California zoo, three remain worldwide 22 Nov 2015 | 6:53 pm

    Handout photo of Nola, a critically endangered 40-year-old female northern white rhinoBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A northern white rhinoceros, one of just four left on Earth, died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park after suffering from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues, zoo officials said. Nola, a 41-year-old rhino brought to the Southern California park in 1989 as part of a breeding program, took a turn for the worse over the weekend following a Nov. 13 surgical procedure to drain a large pelvic abscess identified as the infection source, the zoo said in a statement. The 4,000-pound (1,800-kg) rhino had been placed under constant veterinary watch last week as her appetite and activity levels declined.

  • 800 dogs, cats flown places with better odds of adoption 20 Nov 2015 | 4:23 pm

    Rescue dogs are boarded onto a plane as pilot Alexei Tsekoun waits to take off at the Van Nuys Airport in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 . More than 800 cats and dogs from California animal shelters took off for Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Illinois and Wisconsin in the largest Holiday Pet Airlift the Wings of Rescue has ever undertaken. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some 800 dogs and cats from California animal shelters have something to be thankful for this holiday season — a free ride to other states where they have a better chance of finding homes.

  • Rare pygmy hippo, a week old, dies at San Diego zoo 20 Nov 2015 | 2:13 pm

    (Reuters) - A rare pygmy hippopotamus born last week at the San Diego Zoo, the first calf born at the California facility in over a decade, has died, staff said on Friday. The calf was born in seemingly good health at the zoo in southern California on Nov. 11, officials said in a statement, but a veterinary exam later found the newborn was not receiving proper nourishment, despite care from its mother. "Sad to announce the death of our pygmy hippo calf," an official with the San Diego Zoo wrote on Twitter.

  • Are pets in the bedroom a problem for sleep? 20 Nov 2015 | 11:12 am

    One-and-a-half-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Ella, sits on a bed at Hotel Sacher in ViennaBy Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - There are many potential health benefits to pet ownership, but a good night’s sleep may not necessarily be one of them, a small study suggests. Among pet owners surveyed at a sleep clinic, more than half said their non-human friends slept in their bedroom. One in five pet owners described their animals as disruptive, but two in five perceived the pets as unobtrusive or even beneficial to sleep, the survey found.

  • Giant pandas to remain in Washington to 2020 19 Nov 2015 | 3:21 pm

    Giant Panda Tian Tian at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo in WashingtonJust three months after the National Zoo in Washington announced the birth of a giant panda, it had more good news Thursday: pandas are there to stay until December 2020.