CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2011 |
People who love the Los Angeles Zoo get excited about any new animal — be it tiger cub, former circus elephant or Komodo dragon hatchling. So imagine the thrill of 66 new arrivals at one time, among them a Channel Island fox, a baby rhinoceros, a lioness, three racehorses and … a unicorn. All the animals, including the mythical one, have found a home in the zoo's newest habitat — the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel, which will open to the public Oct. 27. PHOTOS: Colorful carousel The hope is that the colorful new attraction will be a big draw and — at $3 for a three-minute ride — generate cash for the zoo for years to come.
April 8, 2011 |
The captivating documentary "Born to Be Wild 3D" spotlights the amazing efforts of two unique women — elephant authority Daphne M. Sheldrick and famed primatologist Biruté Mary Galdikas — who have dedicated their lives to the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned, endangered animals. Although it runs just a fleet 40 minutes, the film proves a rich and memorable journey. Warmly directed by David Lickley and presented in arresting IMAX 3-D, the movie shuttles between Kenya-based Sheldrick's work raising baby elephants and Galdikas' labors on behalf of orangutans in the Borneo rain forest.
December 16, 2010 |
As the world heats up and polar ice melts, different types of bears, whales and seals could meet and mate ? but these unions may be far from happy, researchers said Wednesday. In fact, interspecies sex brought on by the melting Arctic ice could lead to the extinction of many endangered Arctic animals, the scientists said in an article published in the journal Nature. At least 22 species are at risk of hybridizing in 34 different combinations, according to a team led by Brendan Kelly, an Alaska-based evolutionary biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
November 19, 2010 |
Wildlife groups react with shock to news of the discovery at the Letaba Ranch Game Reserve. South Africa has seen a major increase in rhino killings this year, with poachers armed with AK-47s frequently attacking the endangered animals. South African wildlife officials found the decomposing bodies of 18 rhinos ? all dehorned victims of poaching ? in a remote area of a large private game reserve close to the border of Kruger National Park, authorities said Friday. Wildlife organizations reacted with shock to news of the find at the 100,000-acre Letaba Ranch Game Reserve.
July 26, 2009 |
Something has gone awry -- some would say everything has -- in the federal government's effort to reestablish the population of Mexican wolves, North America's most endangered mammal. Beginning with an initial release of 11 wolves in 1998, the Mexican wolf population in the Southwest was projected to reach at least 100 by 2006. Three years beyond, the number of wolves in the wild is half that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2008 |
In the foamy chop of the warm-water discharge flowing into the San Gabriel River from a Long Beach power plant, a green sea turtle, wide as a manhole cover, materialized Friday just a few yards from shore. A few minutes later, an even larger sea turtle surfaced in the murky water near the plant's thicket of steel scaffolding, steam vents and transmission lines. Green sea turtles usually have tropical haunts -- teeming coral reefs or white sandy beaches where they lay eggs -- but these chunky titans live more than a mile upstream in one of Southern California's most ecologically degraded rivers.