SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — An environmental group counting loons on Adirondack lakes and ponds is looking for volunteers to help.
The Wildlife Conservation Society's 18th Annual Adirondack Loon Census will take place on Saturday morning. The census provides information on the breeding loon population in Adirondack Park that is used to help guide wildlife management decisions.
Sandy-ravaged aquarium opens splashy new shark exhibit
NEW YORK (AP) — Cue the "Jaws" music. Sharks are the stars of a splashy new exhibit hall at the New York Aquarium that marks a major step in the beachfront facility's recovery from the devastating impact of 2012's Superstorm Sandy.
Over 10,000 endangered tortoises are rescued in Madagascar
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — International conservationists in Madagascar have been treating more than 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were seized from traffickers who crammed the creatures into a home with no access to food or water.
The Turtle Survival Alliance and other groups are caring for the tortoises at a wildlife facility in the Ifaty region of the Indian Ocean nation, although hundreds have died from illness and dehydration.
Cambodian forest protectors slain after confronting loggers
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Soldiers in northeastern Cambodia, an area where illicit logging and smuggling are rife, killed a forest protection ranger, a military police officer and a conservation worker in apparent retaliation for their seizure of equipment from illegal loggers, officials said Wednesday.
NYC’s lone polar bear is euthanized; he had kidney failure
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's only polar bear has been euthanized at the Bronx Zoo. Officials say the 26-year-old animal was suffering from acute kidney failure.
The Wildlife Conservation Society announced Wednesday that Tundra was euthanized Saturday at the Bronx Zoo. He was born there in 1991.
The organization says Tundra had chronic kidney disease and progressive arthritis that worsened despite treatment. The median life expectancy for male polar bears in zoos is under 21.
Nest of endangered giant softshell turtle found in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Conservationists have found a nest of the endangered Asian giant softshell turtle on a Mekong River sandbar in northeastern Cambodia, while 115 new species of various other animal and plant life have been discovered in the greater Mekong region.
Baby ‘ghost cat’ makes its Bronx debut
NEW YORK (AP) — A baby "ghost cat" is making the Bronx its new haunt.
The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo announced Thursday that the female snow leopard cub has made its public debut just in time for Halloween .
Cute, fit and popular: Angolan colobus monkey born at NY zoo
NEW YORK (AP) — One of New York City's latest residents is young, physically fit and wildly popular.
The Angolan colobus (KAHL'-uh-buhs) monkey was born in August at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo and scores high on the cuteness scale.
The baby, whose gender is not yet known, is now on exhibit.
Rare crocodile eggs hatched at Cambodian conservation center
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Nine eggs of an endangered crocodile species found in the wild in June and taken to a conservation center in southern Cambodia have hatched, conservationists announced Tuesday.
The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society and Cambodia's Fisheries Administration said the eggs of nine Siamese crocodiles have hatched at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center after being retrieved from the wild to protect them from poachers and predators.
2 tons of seized ivory crushed to protest illegal trade
NEW YORK (AP) — Trinkets, statues and jewelry crafted from the tusks of at least 100 slaughtered elephants were fed Thursday into a rock crusher in Central Park to demonstrate the state's commitment to smashing the illegal ivory trade.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Wildlife researchers in Cambodia have found a breeding location for the masked finfoot, one of the world's most endangered birds, raising hopes of its continuing survival.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Wildlife researchers in Cambodia say they've found a clutch of eggs from one of the world's most endangered crocodiles, raising hopes of its continuing survival in the wild.
NEW YORK (AP) — An "aww" inspiring bear cub is making his public debut in New York City.
The Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo says the 25-pound bundle of joy is being slowly acclimated to an outdoor exhibit. The Andean bear cub is still awaiting a name.
The ball of fluff has a white, freckled nose that offsets his dark coat.
NEW YORK (AP) — It's a salamander by any other name — and some of those names are comical.
The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo is now proudly displaying two Eastern hellbenders — also known as "devil dogs," ''snot otters" or "old lasagna sides."
Eastern hellbenders have flattened heads and bodies, small eyes, and slimy, wrinkly skin. They're typically brown or reddish-brown with a pale underbelly.
Roses? No, try roaches for an unusual Valentine’s Day gift
NEW YORK (AP) — Roses are red, violets are blue, how about having a roach named for you?
The Bronx Zoo is offering people the chance to name one of its Madagascar hissing cockroaches in honor of someone for Valentine's Day.
China says it will shut down ivory trade by end of 2017
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — China says it plans to shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 in a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants.
The Chinese government will end the processing and selling of ivory and ivory products by the end of March as it phases out the legal trade, according to a statement released on Friday.
Brandywine Zoo losing tiger as part of conservation program
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Brandywine Zoo is losing its only tiger to a zoo in New York as part of a conservation program aimed to protecting endangered species.
Officials said Friday that Zhanna, an 8-year-old Amur tiger, is scheduled to be transferred to the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo in January. Officials say the relocation is part of species survival plan, and that Zhanna's genetic profile and age make her a good candidate for breeding.
Halloween has started at Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo
“Boo at the Zoo" has returned to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.
Each weekend in October – including the Rosh Hashanah and Columbus Day holidays – the zoo will feature family-friendly, not-so-scary seasonal programming that combines traditional Halloween activities with the Bronx Zoo’s resident wildlife.
The annual Halloween celebration will run Oct. 8-10, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30.
Laos promises to phase out tiger farms: Conservation groups
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Laos has promised to phase out farms that breed endangered tigers for their body parts, a positive step from a country believed to be a major hub of wildlife trafficking in Asia, conservation groups said Friday.
The announcement by Laotian officials in South Africa came one day before the start of a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES.
Snow leopards’ return brings hope to remote Afghan region
WAKHAN, Afghanistan (AP) — In a picturesque corner of Afghanistan, a unique conservation effort has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink and given hope to one of the poorest and most isolated communities on earth.
Group votes to urge countries to end domestic ivory trade
HONOLULU (AP) — An international environmental group voted Saturday to call on every country to shut down domestic ivory markets that threaten elephants.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature, which has 1,300 members from more than 160 countries, has no enforcement power, but its policy experts could help countries craft laws. Ivory trading is banned internationally, but domestic trade within countries is legal nearly everywhere.
Group to vote on urging countries to close ivory markets
HONOLULU (AP) — Members of an international environmental group were considering a proposal Friday to urge leaders in every country to close domestic ivory markets that threaten elephants.
Ivory trading is banned internationally, but domestic trade within countries is legal nearly everywhere.
Researchers plan shark study in waters off Long Island
MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — Researchers are planning a nearly two-week expedition off eastern Long Island to learn more about sharks.
The Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium and an internationally known group called OCEARCH (OH'-surch) are conducting the study. It begins Saturday off Montauk.
The study's goals are aimed at understanding of the ecology, physiology...
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Bronx Zoo has bred a little penguin for the first time in its 120-year history.
The zoo is now exhibiting the chick , which can be seen on its YouTube channel. The chick hatched on May 10.
Little penguins also are known as fairy penguins or blue penguins and are the smallest of the 18 penguin species. Adults are only about 13 inches tall and weigh 2 to 3...