Footage of an incredibly close encounter with a killer whale off the New Zealand coastline.
Footage of an incredibly close encounter with a killer whale off the New Zealand coastline.
Giant California condors are rare — but not at Cinda Mickols’ home. About 15 to 20 of the giant endangered birds have recently taken a liking to the house in the city of Tehachapi and made quite a mess. Mickols’ daughter, Seana Quintero of San Francisco, began posting photos of the rowdy guests on Twitter.
Wildlife officials revealed the likely reason behind the bear’s behavior.
“To have that many condors on my house was surreal.”
Happy, an Asian elephant kept in New York's Bronx Zoo, will get a habeas corpus case at the New York State Court of Appeals.Why it matters: This represents the first time the highest court in any English-speaking jurisdiction will hear such a case brought on behalf of a nonhuman animal, and could represent a landmark moment for both animal rights and zoos.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.How it works: Habeas corpus is a legal term that means "you shall have the body," and usually revolves around the question of whether a citizen's detention can be justified.Background: The case was brought on behalf of Happy by the Nonhuman Rights Project, a New York-based legal nonprofit that focuses on animal rights.Happy has lived mostly alone at the zoo since 2002. Lawyers at the Nonhuman Rights Project adopted Happy as a client in 2018, arguing she was being unlawfully detained by the Bronx Zoo and ought to be granted a writ of habeas corpus and transferred to an elephant sanctuary.The other side: Lower courts have repeatedly taken the side of the Bronx Zoo, which said in a 2020 statement that "all decisions regarding the health and welfare of the animals at the Bronx Zoo should and will be made by the zoo’s animal experts who know them best."What to watch: Happy will face an uphill battle at the New York Court of Appeals, but Judge Eugene M. Fahey, an associate judge there, has written in the past that the question of whether a nonhuman animal is entitled to habeas corpus "will have to be addressed eventually."The bottom line: Extending rights long reserved for humans to animals would be a new legal frontier, but the more scientists learn about animal cognition, the sharper that question will become.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Wolverine sightings or so rare in Utah, that the last confirmed one was in 2016.
No, it’s not a rope, snake or worms.
World Animal Protection rescued the Asiatic black bear from an illegal bile farm in Vietnam, where he was found "in a narrow, steel cage," which made it hard for him to move around freely
If biting is romantic, these turtles were much in love.
The last thing John Cox should have done was drag a bear along with him to a press event.
Three scientists with the US Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office found the fish in the Detroit River last month.
This 1-month-old tiger cub was caught having a pleasant strut around a zoo in China.
The latest Tesla price rise is the fourth increase in just two months.
Florence Danly named the koi that swam in her backyard pond. There was Sky and Bella and Big Mama and Goldie and — her favorite — Marilyn, a large-eyed diva of a fish who liked to flaunt her beautiful pale yellow scales with flashy undulations of her luxuriant tail fin.
South Africa says it will end its captive lion industry in a major move for conservation that would outlaw the heavily criticized “canned hunting” of the big cats and sale of their bones, as well as popular tourist experiences like petting cubs. The policy, which still needs to be made into law, would effectively end the world's legal lion bone trade. None of those parts from wild lions can be sold or traded anywhere.
CHICAGO — When Shirley Rounds Davis moved to her home on Chicago's Far South Side decades ago, she could see a maple tree through the window. Over the years, she watched it grow. “And the birds would come,” Davis said. “In the morning, they would wake me up, and my children too, they’d wake us up with their song in the morning.” The tree reminded her of the mulberry tree she passed by on the ...
Concerns have been raised about an experimental floating farm in Rotterdam harbour after two cows fell into the water. The dairy and stable on a floating platform opened in 2019 and gained international attention as the world’s first ‘floating farm’. Now, the project has been labelled as "madness" when a second animal had to be rescued from the water after it apparently fell in while crossing to a small patch of grass on the dockside. The local Party for the Animals (PvdD), which has long opposed the project, also called it "a sorry sight". Ruud van der Velden, a councillor and head of the local branch of the PvdD, told The Telegraph he was concerned about animal welfare. “It is dangerous when cows leave the pontoon for the gangway to go to the waterside and this is the second time that a cow has ended up in the water,” he said. “A cow doesn’t belong on the water and intensive dairy farming isn’t right either. It’s a sorry sight to see.” Last week the party put forward (and lost) a motion to Rotterdam City Council to withdraw the farm’s permit. But Mr Van der Velden told The Telegraph that he has been assured that there will be an official inspection if another animal falls in. Peter van Wingerden, chief executive of the Floating Farm, said that animal welfare was top of the agenda at the site, which aims to demonstrate “sustainable” inner city farming techniques where animal waste is recycled and delivery chains are shorter. “We are one of the best stables [and] animal friendliest farms in The Netherlands,” he told The Telegraph. “We supply fresh food in a circular, sustainable and very animal friendly way, straight to consumers. “Last Tuesday a cow fell in the water because a young volunteer left the fence open. The same happened last year with a little calf when some visitor left another fence open. Cows can (like all animals with four legs) swim perfectly but another volunteer who did not have a clue about that immediately called 112.” He said that on normal Dutch farms cows regularly fall into meadow water and have to be rescued by farmers, adding: “The fireman told me that this [cow rescue technique] is good to learn because this is the new way of sustainable farming in times of climate change. Until now they only rescued cats from trees.”
A new loricifera species, Nanaloricus mathildeae. Video: Ricardo C. NevesThe space between sand and sediment at the bottom of the sea is home to tiny animals called loriciferans. This week researchers describe three new species of the animals found off the coast of France.The big picture: These minute animals are part of a lesser known group of fauna in the oceans whose role in the ecosystem is largely understudied.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeDetails: The animals in the phylum loricifera are typically less than half a millimeter long. Smaller than megafauna like crustaceans and clams but larger than microscopic zooplankton, they're part of what's known as meiofauna.An exoskeleton of plates and folds called the lorica protects the animal's abdomen (and gives loriciferans their name). Loriciferans can move backward and jump forward, with their snout extruding, a strange movement that may be for foraging, says Ricardo C. Neves of the University of Copenhagen and an author of the new study."They are amazing and different from anything else," he says.The research published this week in the journal PLOS One brings the tally of described loricifera species to 43. The species, one of which has distinct features and is part of a new genus, were determined using specimens the researchers began collecting in 1985.A decade ago, researchers found three loricifera species living in sediment deep in the Mediterranean Sea — without oxygen. Those species appear to lack mitochondria, which use oxygen to generate chemical energy for cells to function, and to have found another way to survive extreme conditions.What's next: Neves says they want to sample more specimens and confirm the species don't have mitochondria — and what kind of organelles they do have, while better understanding their evolutionary relationship to other small animals, including tardigrades and arthropods, and their role in the ocean ecosystem.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
Conservationists in Chile are working to re-populate the native rhea birdinto its Patagonia region(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DIRECTOR OF THE REWILDING PROGRAMME AT TOMPKINS CONSERVATION, CRISTIAN SAUCEDO, SAYING: "This has been a gradual increase in the species. From here we started with a population of at least 20 individuals and today census results show close to 70 individuals. The goal is to get to 100 individual adults in the wild. With that number, we estimate that the population will be able to sustain itself over time."The birds were brought to near extinction locallyas a result of illegal hunting(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF TOMPKINS CONSERVATION, CAROLINA MORGADO, SAYING: "They (rhea) are in a very precarious conservation category, in danger of extinction. In Aysen (region) there are only two valleys where the rheas live and they are very important to the well-being of the Patagonian steppe because they act like distributors of seeds. They have an important role in the entire ecosystem of the Patagonian steppe."
“We are pleased to give them a place where they can live comfortably for the rest of their lives.”
State lawmakers agree $400 measure to expand ‘wildlife corridors’ in effort to help panthers and other endangered species Expanding protected territory will help the threatened panther roam more freely and safely. Photograph: Alamy In a political culture where bipartisan legislation is a rare species, lawmakers in one state have come together to agree major new conservation efforts that will help that other endangered animal – the Florida panther. The big cat, whose habitat has a history of being swallowed up and its numbers hunted by humans, is expected to benefit from a $400m cash boost. Legislation recently passed in Florida with unanimous support will boost protected land and expand “wildlife corridors” running almost the length of the state. Conservationists believe the bill has a good chance of being signed when it reaches Republican governor Ron DeSantis’s desk, ready to go into effect 1 July. The bulk of the spending will be set aside to protect wildlife corridors under the Florida Forever land conservation program, creating a network of undeveloped public and private patches of land so animals can safely cross the state, a local CBS affiliate reported. Expanding protected territory will help the threatened panther roam more freely and safely, as well as helping other wildlife, such as bears and plant life, with connected land “spanning from the Florida Bay in the south to the Georgia and Alabama borders,” Tori Linder, managing director for advocacy group Path of the Panther, said. She added: “A connected corridor will help farmers and ranchers, will foster tourism and outdoor recreation, and help protect our vital natural resources like our springs and our wildlife, including the Florida panther.” According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Florida panther is “the only known breeding population of puma in the eastern United States”. In order to be taken off the danger list, the Florida panther needs three established populations and sufficient habitat to support those animals. Currently there is only one population of up to 230 Florida panthers in the wild, but that is a story of recovery from conservation, since relentless hunting took the numbers in the state down to fewer than 20 by the early 1970s. “Landscape connectivity is essential for wide-ranging species like the Florida black bear and the panther,” Linder said, adding: “In the case of the Florida panther, you have a big cat making a recovery in a time where big cats around the world are really in decline. The Florida Wildlife Corridor helps ensure the habitat is protected for the species in perpetuity.” But risks remain. The leading cause of death for Florida panthers is currently vehicular collision, and Linder says the second leading cause of death is territorial dispute with other panthers, exacerbated by lack of habitat. Other animals that experts predict would benefit from expanded wildlife corridors include the Key deer, the Florida manatee, and loggerhead sea turtles. According to the non-profit organization Florida Wildlife Corridor, the passageway would encompass nearly 17m acres. About 10m acres are already protected, while another 6.9m of unprotected acres are made up of working farms and ranches. And 992 named rivers and streams cross the area, which also includes 5,170 miles of trails. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Act passed with a 115-0 vote in the Florida state house and with a 40-0 vote in the state senate late last month. Lawmakers voted to allot $100m to Florida Forever, the state’s conservation and recreation lands acquisition program, and agreed to put $300m from federal stimulus funding towards conservation. Linder says she is optimistic the governor will sign the legislation, noting that the act is the result of the “actions of hundreds of people” over a number of years, including artists, conservationists, farmers, fisherman, map-makers and scientists.