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Who killed the wandering rhino in Assam?

by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya on 9 September 2019 • In February 2018, a greater one-horned rhino wandered from India’s Orang National Park into the nearby Burachapori-Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary. • In September 2018, officials lost track of the rhino. In June 2019, the rhino’s buried remains, and a bullet, were discovered close to a guard camp in Burachapori-Laokhowa. • Mongabay investigates ... Read More »

9 jailed for selling wild birds in Chittagong

Chattogram, Sept 5 (UNB) – A mobile court here on Wednesday night sentenced nine people to one month in jail for selling wild birds at Reazuddin Bazar in the port city. During a drive at 11 shops, the court seized 150 birds that included parrot and Mayna, said Executive Magistrate Tahmilur Rahman. Later, the court fined them Tk 5,000 each ... Read More »

Limits on sales of African elephants to zoos gain approval

Countries that are part of an international agreement on trade in endangered species agreed Tuesday to limit the sale of wild elephants caught in Zimbabwe and Botswana, delighting conservationists but dismaying some of the African countries involved. Wildlife experts said a resolution approved by parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora at ... Read More »

Tigress found dead in the Sundarbans: Likely cause old age

Bagerhat, Aug 21 (UNB) – A Royal Bengal tiger has been found dead in the Sundarbans under Sharankhola upazila here. Forest department workers recovered the carcass of the female tiger from Chhaprakhali area under Sharankhola range of the Sundarbans East Zone on Tuesday afternoon. Later, it was taken to the range office on Wednesday. The skin of the tiger, 3 ... Read More »

Freeway crossing to give wildlife room to roam

Los Angeles, Aug 20 (AP/UNB) — Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two freeways and making a huge Los Angeles park his home, the lonesome big cat has become a symbol of the ... Read More »

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Geneva, Aug 17 (AP/UNB) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for ... Read More »

India’s tiger population rises to nearly 3,000 animals

New Delhi, Jul 29 (AP/UNB) — India’s tiger population has grown to nearly 3,000, making the country one of the safest habitats for the endangered animals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the tiger count for 2018 on Monday said it’s a “historic achievement” for India as the big cat’s population had dwindled to 1,400 about 14-15 years ago. India estimates ... Read More »

Nepal woman spends her day feeding temple monkeys

Kathmandu, Jul 25 (AP/UNB) — In the forests of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu near the revered Hindu temple of Pahsupatinath, some 300 monkeys eagerly await their pieces of roti, or flat bread. For the past four years, Saraswati Dangol has been bringing the bread every day to feed the monkeys. She buys some 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of flour and spends ... Read More »

Goose freed, got stuck in pizza driver’s car grille

Burlington, Jul 23 (AP/UNB) — Authorities say a goose that got stuck in a pizza delivery driver’s car grille in Vermont is expected to make a full recovery. Driver Ryan Harrington tells WCAX-TV he saw a goose waddling across the road in Burlington on Saturday. He slammed his brakes, but heard a thud and knew he struck the bird. But ... Read More »

Monmouth racing card shaken amid fierce heat, track protests

Oceanport, July 20 (AP/UNB) — With extreme heat draining fans and causing concern about the horses, Monmouth Park canceled six races and pushed back until early evening its stakes races, including the $1 million Haskell Invitational headlined by Maximum Security. The decision came after the start of the first race was delayed and the racing card was re-evaluated after the ... Read More »

American crocodiles thriving outside nuclear plant

Miami, Jul 21 (AP/UNB) — American crocodiles, once headed toward extinction, are thriving at an unusual spot — the canals surrounding a South Florida nuclear plant. Last week, 73 crocodile hatchlings were rescued by a team of specialists at Florida Power & Light’s Turkey Point nuclear plant and dozens more are expected to emerge soon. Turkey Point’s 168-mile (270 kilometers) ... Read More »

Man convicted of trafficking sharks kept in his basement

Lagrangeville, July 14(AP/UNB) — A man who kept sharks in a pool in his upstate New York basement has been convicted of trafficking wildlife. The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the attorney general’s office say Friday that Joshua Seguine, of LaGrangeville, pleaded guilty to illegal commercialization of wildlife. He’ll be sentenced in September. The 38-year-old Seguine was stopped by ... Read More »

Scientists get peek into how some fish change sex as adults

New York, Jul 11 (AP/UNB) — If in the beginning there was male and female, fish seem to have forgotten the memo. For nearly 500 fish species, including the clownfish in “Finding Nemo,” the great divide between sexes is more like a murky line: If circumstances call for it, the fish can swap their sex, with females turning into males ... Read More »

Canada takes new steps to protect endangered right whales

Canada implements further measures on Tuesday to protect the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species, after six of the mammals died since June in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. At least three of these deaths have been tentatively blamed on their being hit by ships, said Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport. In response to the “extremely troubling” ... Read More »

Five injured in Comilla fox attacks

Comilla, July 5 – Five people were bitten by foxes at Sreemoddi and Gowarivanga villages in Homna Upazila on Thursday night. The injured are – Atorer Nesa, 65, Badshah Miya, 19, of Sreemoddi village, Kohinur Begum, 50, Idris Miya, 65 and Ohimon, 50, of Gowarivanga village. Upazila Family Planning Officer Dr Sarfaraj Hossain Khan said the five were attacked by ... Read More »

Bird caught feeding chick cigarette butt in devastating pic

‘The baby needs to become a poster child for change’ A parent bird has been spotted feeding its chick a cigarette butt, highlighting environmental concerns and prompting a wave of anger at careless smokers. The black skimmer bird was photographed at a beach in Florida, US, picking the butt up and putting it in the baby’s mouth, reports INDEPENDENT. Karen ... Read More »

Scientists successfully transfer 1st test tube rhino embryo

Berlin, June 25 (AP/UNB) — Scientists in Europe say they’ve successfully transferred a test tube rhino embryo back into a female whose eggs were fertilized in vitro, as part of an effort to save another nearly extinct sub-species of the giant horned mammal. Thomas Hildebrandt of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin said Tuesday the procedure ... Read More »

Hidden cameras reveal six colour variants of the Asiatic golden cat

by Shreya Dasgupta on 24 June 2019 • Cameras placed across the Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh have captured Asiatic golden cats with six different coat colours. • These include five colours previously described from different parts of the cat’s distribution across Asia as well as a previously unrecorded dark pattern of tightly spaced rosettes. • The study’s authors suspect ... Read More »

Showbiz whales freed from captivity arrive in Iceland

Dhaka, June 20 (UNB)- Two beluga whales from a Shanghai aquarium have arrived in Iceland to be taken to a whale sanctuary there, reports BBC.  The 12-year-old whales flew halfway across the globe in special containers. Born in the wild, Little Grey and Little White were captured at around two years old and performed for years as an attraction. Belugas ... Read More »