Fauna of Asia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24902/all en Florida python hunting contest draws hundreds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/florida-python-hunting-contest-draws-hundreds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Month-long event features top prize of $1,500</p> <p>* About 500 contestants registered so far</p> <p>* Swamp itself may pose biggest challenge for amateur hunters</p> <p>By Barbara Liston</p> <p>ORLANDO, Fla., Jan 9 (Reuters) - A python hunting competition starting on Saturday is drawing hundreds of amateurs armed with clubs, machetes and guns to the Florida Everglades, where captured Burmese pythons have exceeded the length of minivans and weighed as much as grown men.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/florida-python-hunting-contest-draws-hundreds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of Asia Herpetology Social Issues Zoology Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732421 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters Odd News Summary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/reuters-odd-news-summary-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Following is a summary of current odd news briefs.</p> <p>Python on a plane! Slithery stowaway shocks passengers</p> <p>SYDNEY (Reuters) - Passengers on a flight from Australia to Papua New Guinea were shocked to look out their cabin windows to find a huge snake on the wing of the plane. The three meter-long (9.1 foot) non-poisonous Amethystine python appeared about an hour into the Qantas flight between Cairns in northern Queensland and the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/reuters-odd-news-summary-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computing Fauna of Asia Software engineering Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:15:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733129 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexico releases 100,000 endangered sea turtles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/mexico-releases-100000-endangered-sea-turtles <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Mexican conservation group released more than 100,000 sea turtles into the ocean last year, in an effort to save a species threatened by egg poachers and fishing nets.</p> <p>The olive ridley sea turtles, known as "golfina" in Spanish, were released off the beaches of Mexico's Baja California peninsula on the Pacific coast, the Association to Protect Sea Turtles said Thursday.</p> <p>Some 1,300 egg nests were also protected last year, 320 more than in 2011. Almost 70,000 golfinas were released off Baja California in 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/mexico-releases-100000-endangered-sea-turtles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of Asia Herpetology Lepidochelys Mexico AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:15:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742177 at http://www.globalpost.com Tiger kills circus trainer in Mexico http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/tiger-kills-circus-trainer-mexico <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An American tiger trainer was mauled and killed at a circus in Northwestern Mexico by one of the big cats performing with him, officials said Tuesday.</p> <p>Amateur video showed Alex Crispin Suarez, 35, circling around two tigers and making the animals turn while standing on low platforms during a performance on Saturday in the Indian village of Etchojoa in Sonora state.</p> <p>As he passed behind one of the tigers, it suddenly stopped the routine, knocked Crispin to the ground, pulled his pants off and clawed at his neck.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/tiger-kills-circus-trainer-mexico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Fauna of Asia Labor Law Municipalities of Sonora AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:45:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746977 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia considers reward in dead Borneo elephant case http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/malaysia-considers-reward-dead-borneo-elephant-case <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysian authorities will offer a $16,000 reward for information on 14 rare Borneo pygmy elephants found dead last month if it is confirmed they were poisoned, officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>Masidi Manjun, tourism, culture and environment minister for the state of Sabah on vast Borneo island, told AFP that authorities hoped the reward would help them get new leads.</p> <p>"There is a reward of 50,000 ringgit for information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the alleged culprits if the chemist report confirms that death was due to intentional poisoning," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/malaysia-considers-reward-dead-borneo-elephant-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Elephants Fauna of Asia AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:45:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747178 at http://www.globalpost.com Florida's big python hunt going out with a whimper http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/floridas-big-python-hunt-going-out-whimper <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Invasive species notoriously evasive</p> <p>* Just 50 snakes killed or captured with only days left in hunt</p> <p>* Population believed to have grown to as many as 150,000</p> <p>MIAMI, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A nearly month-long hunt for Burmese pythons in Florida's Everglades was wrapping up this week with little to show for the efforts of more than 1,500 would-be snake slayers armed with everything from clubs and machetes to firearms and spears.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/floridas-big-python-hunt-going-out-whimper" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of Asia Florida Herpetology Squamata Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:30:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749478 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia seeks help abroad over dead Borneo elephants http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysia-seeks-help-abroad-over-dead-borneo-elephants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysian authorities said Friday they are seeking help from forensic experts in Thailand and Australia after their own tests failed to establish if 14 rare Borneo pygmy elephants were killed by poison.</p> <p>The deaths of the endangered animals, found last month in a forest reserve in Sabah state on Borneo island, shocked conservationists and officials, who released a poignant picture of a three-month-old calf nuzzling its dead mother.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/malaysia-seeks-help-abroad-over-dead-borneo-elephants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Elephants Fauna of Asia Technology AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:18:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750029 at http://www.globalpost.com Rare Sumatran tiger cub born at San Francisco zoo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/rare-sumatran-tiger-cub-born-at-san-francisco-zoo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Laila Kearney</p> <p>SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 14 (Reuters) - A Sumatran tiger gave birth to an apparently healthy cub at the San Francisco Zoo over the weekend in a rare boost to the critically endangered subspecies, zookeepers said on Thursday.</p> <p>There are estimated to be as few as 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild, and zookeepers were monitoring the pair in the zoo's secluded Lion House via webcam to allow the 9-year-old mother, named Leanne, and baby to bond with little human interference.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/rare-sumatran-tiger-cub-born-at-san-francisco-zoo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Fauna of Asia Zoology Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Feb 2013 02:30:49 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5756256 at http://www.globalpost.com Python hunt in Everglades nets just 68: organizers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/python-hunt-everglades-nets-just-68-organizers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hundreds of hunters spent a month combing Florida's Everglades for Burmese pythons, in the end capturing and killing 68 of the slithery, invasive reptiles, organizers said Saturday.</p> <p>The longest was 14 feet and three inches, netting the hunter who brought it in a $1,000 prize.</p> <p>The Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also announced winners of two $1,500 prizes for the hunters who killed the most Burmese pythons, an invasive species seen as a threat to the wetlands' eco-system.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/python-hunt-everglades-nets-just-68-organizers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Everglades Fauna of Asia Social Issues Technology Zoology AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 21:45:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757827 at http://www.globalpost.com Rare sun bears found abandoned in Cambodia factory http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/rare-sun-bears-found-abandoned-cambodia-factory <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two rare Malayan sun bears have been rescued in Cambodia after being discovered in an abandoned garment factory, a zoo official said Friday.</p> <p>The male and female bears were rescued by officials from the Phnom Tamao Zoo and the Wildlife Alliance, who found them in the factory in southern Kandal province last week, according to zoo director Nhek Rattanak Pich.</p> <p>"The bears were left with no food and no one to care for them after the factory owner fled the country," the Wildlife Alliance said on its website.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/rare-sun-bears-found-abandoned-cambodia-factory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bears Fauna of Asia Southeast Asia Technology AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:15:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5763224 at http://www.globalpost.com Sea turtles nursed back to health after record rescue from cold http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130223/sea-turtles-nursed-back-health-after-record-rescue-cold <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Harriet McLeod</p> <p>CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb 23 (Reuters) - A veterinarian punched a syringe into the tough, wrinkled neck of an endangered sea turtle named Crowe one day this week at the South Carolina Aquarium and drew dark, red blood to test whether the animal was ready to be sent back into the wild.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130223/sea-turtles-nursed-back-health-after-record-rescue-cold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Fauna of Asia Herpetology Sea turtles Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:15:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5764210 at http://www.globalpost.com China flouting UN tiger accord: report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/china-flouting-un-tiger-accord-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>China is allowing the sale of captive-bred tiger skins and body parts despite signing up to a UN agreement which calls for such trade to be banned, a London-based environmental lobby group claimed on Tuesday.</p> <p>The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) says that its investigation has uncovered evidence of a legalised domestic trade in captive-bred tiger products -- sold as luxury home decor -- which it claims stimulates the poaching of wild cats.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/china-flouting-un-tiger-accord-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> China Conservation Fauna of Asia Tigers AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:16:25 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5766522 at http://www.globalpost.com Controversial Florida contest ends with 68 pythons captured http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/controversial-florida-contest-ends-68-pythons-captured <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Miami, Feb 16 (EFE).- The controversial contest, organized by Florida authorities to raise awareness about the problem of an overpopulation of Burmese pythons in the Everglades, ended with the capture of 68 specimens in one month, including one that was 4.35 meters (14 feet 3 inches) long.</p> <p>The results were announced Saturday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission during the prize giving ceremony at the Miami Metro Zoo.</p> <p>The top prizes were those of $1,500 for catching the most pythons and $1,000 for catching the biggest one.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/controversial-florida-contest-ends-68-pythons-captured" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Everglades Fauna of Asia Florida Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:16:59 +0000 Agencia EFE 5767083 at http://www.globalpost.com Pacific leatherback turtle faces extinction in 20 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/pacific-leatherback-turtle-faces-extinction-20-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Numbers have fallen 78 percent in last three decades</p> <p>* Turtles nest in New Guinea and forage across the Pacific</p> <p>* The Atlantic leatherback is in better shape</p> <p>By Verna Gates</p> <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb 27 (Reuters) - The giant Pacific leatherback turtle, known for its arduous 6,000-mile (10,000 km) ocean trek from the U.S. West Coast to breeding grounds in Indonesia, could go extinct within 20 years as its population continues to plummet, scientists say.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/pacific-leatherback-turtle-faces-extinction-20-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of Asia Herpetology Sea turtles Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:46:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5768654 at http://www.globalpost.com Poachers kill 13 rare rhinos in India http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/poachers-kill-13-rare-rhinos-india <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Poachers in northeast India have slaughtered 13 endangered one-horned rhinos in the last two months, officials said Friday as another death added to worries about a recent surge in killings.</p> <p>The attacks have taken place around the Kaziranga National Park in Assam state, home to more than two-thirds of the world's one-horned rhinos where heavily-armed poachers shoot dead the giant herbivores.</p> <p>On Thursday, forest rangers deployed to protect the species were engaged in a gun battle for more than seven hours but failed to prevent the killing of another animal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/poachers-kill-13-rare-rhinos-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of Asia Rhinoceroses Zoology AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 08:15:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770594 at http://www.globalpost.com