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500 elephants find new home in massive African relocation

LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK, Malawi (AP) — Half a dozen African elephants lay strewn on a riverside plain in Malawi, immobilized by darts fired from a helicopter in a massive project to move 500 elephants, by truck and crane, to a sanctuary for the threatened species. As development squeezes Africa’s wildlife …

Push to create Utah monument marks latest Western land fight

BLANDING, Utah (AP) — Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. “Don’t erase the traces of America’s past,” the signs read. “Please do not enter interior rooms.” The weathered signs and a similar …

Plight of African lions persists 1 year after Cecil killing

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some call it the Cecil the lion effect. A year ago, an American killed a lion in Zimbabwe in what authorities said was an illegal hunt, infuriating people worldwide and invigorating an international campaign against trophy hunting in Africa. Some conservationists, however, warn there are greater threats …

Tigers may be gone, but many creatures dwell at Thai temples

BANGKOK (AP) — The scandal surrounding Thailand’s Tiger Temple, where wildlife officers seized 137 big cats this past week, has cast religious sanctuaries for animals in a bad light. Many conservationists and animal rights activists have believed the temple’s self-appointed mission to shelter tigers is misguided at best and that …

Unpack the trunk: Ringling’s elephants retire to Florida

The last 11 touring elephants from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus kicked off their retirement in Florida on Friday with a buffet brunch of carrots, apples, celery, loaves of bread and lots of hay. Circus spokesman Stephen Payne told The Associated Press the elephants arrived at the 200-acre …

33 rescued lions arrive in South Africa in airlift

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The roars of lions filled the cargo section of Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport Saturday evening as 33 lions rescued from South American circuses landed in South Africa where they will be released into a bush sanctuary for big cats. It was the largest airlift of lions …

Kenya burns huge pile of ivory tusks to protest poaching

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against the trade in ivory and products from endangered species. …

Cambodia to repopulate forests with tigers from abroad

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia has unveiled a plan to reintroduce tigers from abroad into the dry forests of the country, where the big cat has become virtually extinct thanks to poaching, conservation officials said Wednesday. Between 20 and 50 tigers were believed to exist in Cambodia’s forests, but …