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Vietnamese pop stars to help save rhinos

Two Vietnamese pop stars have been co-opted into South Africa's campaign to save the rhino so that they can help spread the message in East Asia where demand for rhino horn is huge. The two, Thu Minh and Thanh Bui, were hosted by the Wilderness Foundation, a conservation group headquartered in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth and which is at the forefront of saving the rhino.

Baby panda Bao Bao makes 1st public appearance at Washington zoo

Washington, Jan 18 (EFE).- The baby panda Bao Bao, born in captivity a little less than five months ago, was presented Saturday at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington to all who came to see its newest denizen. Dozens of people waited in line from as early as 6:00 a.m. to see the debut of Bao Bao, born of the giant panda Mei Xiang, which had previously made several unsuccessful attempts to conceive a cub.

AFP Americas News Agenda for December 1

Duty Editor: Arthur MacMillan Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Sunday: + Biden embarks on Asia trip + Obamacare passes key deadline WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden heads to Asia with stops in Japan, China and South Korea at a time of rising tension over China's declaration of an air defense zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Expect coverage. (US-DIPLOMACY-JAPAN-CHINA-SKOREA)

Tide turns on one front in Africa's war against rhino poachers

By Ed Stoddard MADIKWE GAME RESERVE, South Africa (Reuters) - New infantry-style tactics of concealment and ambush by armed park rangers are credited with turning the tide in the war against poachers of the endangered rhino on one front, in South Africa's Madikwe Game Reserve. The slaughter of rhinos - a creature regarded as an icon of African wildlife - for their horns to meet soaring demand in Asia has raised alarm bells among conservationists.

Breeding blow as Australian panda passions run low

It was back to the drawing board for Australian scientists Monday after another breeding season for giant pandas failed to produce results at the Adelaide Zoo. Wang Wang and Funi arrived in Australia on a decade-long loan from China in late 2009 and there were hopes of breeding the Southern Hemisphere's first baby pandas. Adelaide Zoo's reproductive team was hoping it would be third time lucky for the cubless pair in 2013 after two unsuccessful earlier seasons.

Zoos rethink role as matchmaker for endangered species

Like an online dating site for endangered species, many zoos use computerized matchmaking to mate animals in captivity in hopes of saving some of the world's most vulnerable creatures. The tools of the trade range from frozen panda sperm, to genetic databases to ultrasounds for hefty rhinoceroses. But like dating everywhere, it gets expensive, complicated and doesn't always work.

New baby panda born at Vienna zoo

The Vienna zoo on Thursday made a birth announcement: Yang Yang and her mate Long Hui are the proud parents of another baby panda, the third one born of natural conception. The newborn arrived at 12:24 Wednesday, his pink skin covered with a white down. He measures around 10 centimetres (four inches) and weighs about 100 grammes (3.5 ounces). "No other European zoo has up to now succeeded in conceiving this animal species by natural means," the Schoenbrunn zoo said in a statement.

Chinese 'Giant panda channel' coming to Internet

Panda lovers around the world will be able to watch live 24-hour Internet broadcasts of the iconic Chinese animals from next month, state media reported Sunday. The "Giant panda channel" will start broadcasts from August of pandas in Sichuan province, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing an announcement by the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. A total of 28 high definition video cameras will capture the activities of the pandas living at the base, the report said. More than 80 giant pandas reside there, it added.

Indonesians rescued after days trapped in tree by tigers

A group of Indonesian men who spent four days trapped up a tree by Sumatran tigers were rescued Monday when wildlife experts induced the snarling creatures to leave, police said. The five were dehydrated, hungry and terrified following their ordeal which began Thursday when they sought refuge in the forest canopy after an attack by the tigers, which left a sixth man dead. They were hunting for rare wood used to make incense, but provoked the ire of the critically endangered animals when they accidentally killed a tiger cub in a trap set to catch antelopes and deer for food.

Tigers keep 5 men in tree for 3 days in Indonesia

Jakarta, Jul 7 (EFE).- Five men spent three days in a tree in Indonesia to escape from a group of tigers that had killed and eaten a sixth member of the group, press reports said Sunday. The group, residents of Simpang Kiri in Aceh province, on the northern part of the island of Sumatra, on Thursday entered the densely forested Gunung Leuser National Park, where they were attacked by a group of tigers after they accidentally killed a tiger cub with a trap meant for deer.
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