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The world’s population of northern white rhinoceroses is down to just four after the death of Nabiré, a 31-year-old female who lived at the
Dvůr Králové Zoo in the Czech Republic. She died from a ruptured cyst that couldn’t be treated, the
zoo announced Tuesday. "It is a terrible loss,” said
zoo director Přemysl Rabas. “Nabiré was the kindest rhino ever bred in our
zoo. It is not just that we were very fond of her. Her death is a symbol of the catastrophic decline of rhinos due to a senseless human greed." The rhinos face extinction because of poaching and habitat loss. Her death leaves two females and a male living in Kenya, and one female at the
San Diego Zoo. — Read it at
Researchers are recommending humpback whales be removed from the threatened species list in Australia, saying their populations have made a remarkable recovery there. "We highlight a success story, which provides hope and optimism that ongoing
conservation actions can prevail,” said Dr. Michelle Bejder of
Murdoch University Australia. By downlisting the whales,
conservation research and management funding can be redirected to marine species that are at greater risk. The study was published in the journal
Marine Policy. — Read it at
It’s official: at age 37, Jia Jia now holds the
Guinness World Record as the oldest giant panda ever in captivity. She celebrated with a giant ice-and-fruit cake at her home at
Hong Kong Ocean Park Tuesday. Jia Jia was born in the wild in China and gifted to Hong Kong in 1999 as part of Britain’s handover of the city. With her age comparable to 100 in human years, she suffers from
high blood pressure and cataracts, but she still gets around well. — See photos at
More than 600 rare loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings were
released off the coast of Boca Raton, Florida, Monday by the Coast Guard and officials from the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
The 3-inch hatchlings had missed their instinctual dash from their nests to the
ocean, so they were collected by the nature center after routine beach nest
inspections. In addition to the baby loggerheads, four other young turtles were
also returned to their ocean home. The Coast Guard boat searched for more than
three hours to find a patch of seaweed to release the turtles. Turtles live the
first years of their lives in seaweed. “These guys are little stragglers left
behind," said David Anderson, a turtle specialist with the nature center.
"We give every turtle a chance." — Read it from the AP
When they didn’t spot any humans on a golf course in Vernon
Township, New Jersey, last week, a bear family decided it looked like a good
place to romp around. A series of photos shows two adorable bear cubs frolicking
around on the green while their mom waits nearby. “They’re absolutely
beautiful and people have seen them in their pools or on their swing sets. It
doesn’t surprise me they came out to play on a golf course,” said Vernon
Township spokeswoman Michelle Downtain. — See photos at ABC
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