Fauna of South America http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27119/all en FEATURE-As Andean condors decline, tradition draws critics http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/feature-andean-condors-decline-tradition-draws-critics <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 Mitra Taj</p> <p>LIMA, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Strapping a giant condor to the back of a raging bull is a central part of an Andean festival celebrated in Peru but some people worried about the endangered vulture's future say it is time to ban the tradition.</p> <p>A bill introduced to Congress this month aims to slow what scientists and ecologists describe as a worrisome drop-off in Peru's population of the Andean Condor, one of the world's biggest flying birds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/feature-andean-condors-decline-tradition-draws-critics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cathartidae Fauna of South America New World vultures Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:45:25 +0000 5737299 at http://www.globalpost.com King vulture born in captivity in Costa Rica, marking a first for LatAm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130313/king-vulture-born-captivity-costa-rica-marking-first-latam <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>San Jose, Mar 13 (EFE).- Costa Rica's Zoo Ave has managed the first birth in captivity in Latin America of a king vulture, the zoological park said Wednesday.</p> <p>Zoo Ave, a respected animal rescue center, operates a zoological park located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.</p> <p>The king vulture chick emerged from its egg on Tuesday at the zoo, which had been trying to hatch one of the birds in captivity for 20 years.</p> <p>This is one of the few successful hatchings of king vultures in captivity in the world, Zoo Ave scientists said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130313/king-vulture-born-captivity-costa-rica-marking-first-latam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of South America King New World vultures Taxonomy Technology Agencia EFE Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:04:04 +0000 5782506 at http://www.globalpost.com New Zealand cracks down on Asian tourist rip-off http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/new-zealand-cracks-down-asian-tourist-rip <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>New Zealand's consumer watchdog has launched a crackdown on rogue traders ripping off tourists from Asia by selling them fake goods at a vastly inflated prices.</p> <p>One company imported alpaca rugs worth $1,600 each before re-labelling them as New Zealand products and selling them to unsuspecting package tourists for up to $8,000 apiece.</p> <p>Another firm admitted selling duvets containing "100 percent New Zealand merino lamb wool" for up to $1,000 when they knew the product was not merino wool and was worth only about $70.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130401/new-zealand-cracks-down-asian-tourist-rip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Camelids Fauna of South America New Zealand Zoology AFP Mon, 01 Apr 2013 23:30:56 +0000 5798877 at http://www.globalpost.com New Zealand companies fined for selling bogus souvenirs to Asian tourists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130403/new-zealand-companies-fined-selling-bogus-souvenirs-asian-tourists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Two New Zealand souvenir firms and two of their senior managers have been heavily fined for ripping off Asian tourists with expensive mementos that were not what they were claimed to be, the country's Commerce Commission announced Tuesday.</p><P>The prosecutions followed an investigation that began when police, Customs and other law enforcement agencies raided 10 premises in the geothermal resort town of Rotorua and one in Auckland in August 2011 and more would follow, according to the commission.</p><P>Organized groups of tourists from the Chinese mainland, the Republic of Korea and Taiwa</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130403/new-zealand-companies-fined-selling-bogus-souvenirs-asian-tourists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of South America Indigenous textile art of the Americas New Zealand Zoology Asianet Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:09:59 +0000 Asianet 5800312 at http://www.globalpost.com Llama meat turns haute cuisine in Bolivia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/llama-meat-turns-haute-cuisine-in-bolivia <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>In one of La Paz's most exclusive French restaurants, carpaccio, sprinkled with Parmesan and topped with baby Swiss lettuce is a popular menu item.</p> <p>But it may surprise the diner to learn the tender, thin slices of raw meat are not beef or fish -- but llama.</p> <p>Llama meat, a traditional part of Andean indigenous cuisine, has recently made the leap into the most prestigious kitchens in Bolivia, and its high protein, low-fat content could soon make it into a prominent dish on menus of Bolivia around the world.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130404/llama-meat-turns-haute-cuisine-in-bolivia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Camelids Fauna of South America Food and drink Technology AFP Thu, 04 Apr 2013 05:00:09 +0000 5801337 at http://www.globalpost.com Calif. daycare owners charged with swaddling babies like 'boa constrictors' dispute charges http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130429/calif-daycare-owners-charged-swaddling-babies-boa-constricto <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PLEASANTON, Calif. - The attorney for two Northern California sisters facing charges that they endangered the lives of infants at their daycare by binding them too tightly in swaddling blankets says the women didn't intend to hurt the babies.</p> <p>Timothy Rien, the attorney for Nazila and Lida Sharaf, says the sisters contend they didn't commit child abuse. Rien spoke Thursday, when the women were arraigned in a Contra Costa County courtroom on three counts of felony child abuse and neglect and four counts of misdemeanour child abuse and neglect.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130429/calif-daycare-owners-charged-swaddling-babies-boa-constricto" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corsetry Fauna of South America Physical restraint The Canadian Press Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:43:41 +0000 5827619 at http://www.globalpost.com Costa Rica president caught in scandal over travel http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130516/costa-rica-president-caught-scandal-over-travel <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>Costa Rica's President Laura Chinchilla was embroiled in scandal Thursday amid revelations that she used a private jet made available by a Colombian suspected of links to drug trafficking.</p> <p>The disclosure has prompted the resignation of her communications minister and sent Costa Rica's intelligence officials scrambling to explain how the trips escaped their scrutiny.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130516/costa-rica-president-caught-scandal-over-travel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of South America Government Vice Presidents of Costa Rica AFP Thu, 16 May 2013 23:45:20 +0000 5839829 at http://www.globalpost.com Banff officials hunt for cougar that man fought off with skateboard http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130526/banff-officials-hunt-cougar-man-fought-skateboard <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BANFF, Alta. - Parks Canada officials are advising people in Banff to be on alert after a man told them he fought off an attacking cougar with his skateboard.</p> <p>Bill Hunt, the resource conservation manager for the Banff field unit, said the man was attacked Thursday and originally reported the incident anonymously.</p> <p>But Hunt said officials tracked him down to get more information in order to find the cougar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130526/banff-officials-hunt-cougar-man-fought-skateboard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bill Hunt Fauna of South America Puma Zoology The Canadian Press Mon, 27 May 2013 02:15:53 +0000 5846621 at http://www.globalpost.com No sign of cougar: Banff park officials reopen area where big cat attacked http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130530/no-sign-cougar-banff-park-officials-reopen-area-where-big-ca <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BANFF, Alta. - Parks Canada says it has reopened an area north of the Banff townsite where a cougar attacked a man who fought the animal off with a skateboard.</p> <p>Officials say wildlife specialists have searched extensively for the big cat involved in the attack on May 23, but have been unable to find it.</p> <p>Nor have they found a carcass or anything else that would indicate the cougar's presence.</p> <p>The man originally reported the attack anonymously, but officials tracked him down to get information about the cougar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130530/no-sign-cougar-banff-park-officials-reopen-area-where-big-ca" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of South America Puma Zoology The Canadian Press Thu, 30 May 2013 20:03:15 +0000 5849035 at http://www.globalpost.com Man who stabbed cougar with spear used 'significant amount of bravery': officer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130909/conservation-officers-search-flores-island-cougar-attacked-w <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VANCOUVER - A British Columbia conservation officer is marvelling at a man's bravery for attacking a cougar with nothing but a spear as the cat was mauling his partner.</p> <p>"I'm pretty sure that this is the first time in B.C., if not Canada and maybe even North America, where someone has stopped an attack by a cougar with a spear and killed it with a spear," said conservation officer Sgt. Ben York in an interview Monday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130909/conservation-officers-search-flores-island-cougar-attacked-w" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ben York Fauna of South America Human Interest Puma Zoology The Canadian Press Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:32:17 +0000 5928870 at http://www.globalpost.com Socks, stuffed animals and more: West Michigan farm opening alpaca-themed store http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130927/socks-stuffed-animals-and-more-west-michigan-farm-opening-al <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NORTH MUSKEGON, Mich. - The owner of a West Michigan alpaca farm is opening up a store to sell items including socks made out of alpaca fleece and stuffed animals.</p> <p>Jean McMurray, who operates the 25-acre Scenic Sky Alpaca Farm in Muskegon County, started out with four alpacas and now has a herd of 200. On Saturday, The Muskegon Chronicle reports (<a href="http://bit.ly/14OKhHo" title="http://bit.ly/14OKhHo">http://bit.ly/14OKhHo</a> ) the store's grand opening is planned in conjunction with National Alpaca Farm Days.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130927/socks-stuffed-animals-and-more-west-michigan-farm-opening-al" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Camelids Fauna of South America Geography of Michigan The Canadian Press Fri, 27 Sep 2013 17:46:10 +0000 5946829 at http://www.globalpost.com Live-streaming 'condor cam' captures North America's largest bird in the wild http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131022/live-streaming-condor-cam-captures-north-americas-largest-bi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BIG SUR, Calif. - A solar-powered "condor cam" in the hills of Big Sur, on the Central California coast, allows the public to view North America's largest birds in the wild from the comfort of home.</p> <p>The San Jose Mercury News reports (<a href="http://bit.ly/1a9WmJh" title="http://bit.ly/1a9WmJh">http://bit.ly/1a9WmJh</a> ) the live-streaming camera went online Monday.</p> <p>It already has captured video of the birds feeding and preening in the wild. There are only about 430 of the massive, vulture-like birds alive in the world today.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131022/live-streaming-condor-cam-captures-north-americas-largest-bi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cathartidae Fauna of South America New World vultures Technology The Canadian Press Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:16:54 +0000 5967762 at http://www.globalpost.com Agritourism is now one of the fastest growing tourism markets in Mississippi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131027/agritourism-now-one-the-fastest-growing-tourism-markets-miss <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JACKSON, Miss. - A working farm, a Halloween corn maze and pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, wagon rides, you pick 'em farms, a winery and Christmas tree farms amount to year round agritourism activities in Mississippi that generate $150 million annually.</p> <p>Tourism officials say agritourism is now one of the fastest growing tourism markets, providing employment and revenue for local business owners.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131027/agritourism-now-one-the-fastest-growing-tourism-markets-miss" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of South America Technology Tourism Travel The Canadian Press Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:50:51 +0000 5972242 at http://www.globalpost.com Medical Examiner's Office autopsy: Oregon woman died of multiple bite wounds in cougar attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131111/sheriffs-report-ore-sanctuary-owner-discovered-cougar-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PORTLAND, Ore. - Sheriff's officials say the animal that killed an employee this weekend at an Oregon animal sanctuary was a cougar, and an autopsy shows the woman died of multiple bite wounds.</p> <p>Dr. Christopher Young of the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that 36-year-old Renee Radziwon of Portland had "devastating injuries in the critical areas of head and neck."</p> <p>Radziwon died Saturday night inside an enclosure at WildCat Haven in Sherwood, where she was the head keeper.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131111/sheriffs-report-ore-sanctuary-owner-discovered-cougar-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Fauna of South America Labor Law Zoology The Canadian Press Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:17:26 +0000 5986327 at http://www.globalpost.com Calgary Zoo puts down sick Gentoo penguin; Houdini had severe aspergillosis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131112/calgary-zoo-puts-down-sick-gentoo-penguin-houdini-had-severe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>CALGARY - Another penguin has died at the Calgary Zoo.</p> <p>Zoo officials say they made the "difficult" decision to euthanize Houdini, a 14-month-old male Gentoo penguin, on Sunday.</p> <p>They say Houdini had been sick for almost a month and a necropsy confirmed he had severe aspergillosis.</p> <p>That's a fungal infection that affects the bird's respiratory system, and officials say it is a common cause of death for penguins in captivity.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131112/calgary-zoo-puts-down-sick-gentoo-penguin-houdini-had-severe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of South America Flightless birds Penguins The Canadian Press Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:02:34 +0000 5987484 at http://www.globalpost.com