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3 Canadian Zoo Elephants Flying to California

Published 07/20/12
By Sue Manning, Associated Press

For elephants to fly, you have to do more than load trunks on a plane. Pat Derby, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, has been working for two years to get three 10,000-pound elephants in the air. The elephants are scheduled to take off on Aug. 2 in what could be a million-dollar move. The African elephants, Iringa, 42, Toka, 41, and Thika, 31, are being retired from the Toronto Zoo and moved to PAWS' 2,300-acre sanctuary in San Andreas.

Link: Huffington Post

Amazon's Endangered Species Face 'Extinction Debt'

Published 07/19/12
By Joseph Castro, LiveScience Contributor

When species lose their natural habitat to deforestation and other causes, they don't immediately disappear. Instead, they gradually die off over several generations, racking up an "extinction debt" that must eventually be paid in full. New research shows that the Brazilian Amazon has accrued a heavy vertebrate extinction debt, with more than 80 percent of extinctions expected from historical deforestation still impending.

Link: Huffington Post


Better Late Than Never for Minnesota Dolphins

Published 07/17/12
By Will Travers for the Huffington Post

I was intrigued by the Minnesota Zoo's recent announcement that it is discontinuing its captive dolphin exhibit. More than a decade ago we expressed concern about the zoo's acquisition of two dolphins from South Africa. In our letter we asked the zoo to instead consider phasing out the captive dolphin display.

We are thrilled to see that the zoo may finally be heeding our advice. Better late than never.

Link: Huffington Post

Brazil: Dead Penguins Washed Up On Rio Grande Do Sul Beaches By The Hundreds

Published 07/17/12
By Associated Press

Marine biologists and veterinarians say the bodies of more than 500 penguins have washed up on beaches in southern Brazil over the past week. They tell the G1 online news site that the Center of Coastal and Marine Studies is investigating what caused the deaths of the 512 penguins found on beaches of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. The cause of death should be known in about 30 days.

Link: Huffington Post

Vegas Chimp Caretaker: Wild Animals Aren't Pets

Published 07/13/12
By Associated Press

Poker pro Lee Watkinson put up the money and girlfriend Timmi De Rosa gave her heart to an effort to rescue two adult chimpanzees who had outgrown their youthful cuteness in a northwest Las Vegas neighborhood. "We wanted to build a sanctuary," Watkinson said Friday. "We found them in a bad situation. People have them and play with them for five years and then someone has to come and rescue them. That's what we tried to do. We failed."

Link: FoxNews.com

Leatherback Turtle Eggs And Hatchlings Crushed By The Thousands On Trinidad Beach

Published 07/10/12
By David McFadden, Associated Press

Thousands of leatherback turtle eggs and hatchlings have been crushed by heavy machinery along a Trinidad beach widely regarded as the world's densest nesting area for the biggest of all living sea turtles, conservationists said July 9.

Link: Huffington Post

China to Ban Shark Fin Soup at Official Banquets

Published 07/05/12
By New York Times

China said Tuesday that it will prohibit official banquets from serving shark fin soup, a pricey and popular delicacy blamed for a sharp decline in global shark populations. The ban, reported by Xinhua, the state-run news agency, could take as long as three years to take effect, and it remains unclear how widely it will be implemented across a sprawling nation where orders issued by Beijing are often shrugged off by officials in far-away regions and provinces.

Link: SFGate.com

Wildlife Hospital Takes in Baby Pelicans Displaced by Storm

Published 07/03/12
By Jim Waymer, Florida Today

Two dozen baby pelicans that washed up from islands in the panhandle during Tropical Storm Debby now flap their infant wings and squawk for mullet at the Florida Wildlife Hospital and Sanctuary. Panhandle bird rescuers flooded out by the storm had to evacuate, so they delivered 11 of the pelicans last week and another 12 Sunday.

Link: Florida Today

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