Can your pet give you Ebola?

2014-10-24 10:21

Global health authorities are struggling to contain the ongoing Ebola epidemic, and to manage transmission of the disease questions regarding how Ebola affects the animal population has been raised.

Touching dogs 'is against Malaysian Islamic practice'

2014-10-23 15:25

Malaysian Islamic authorities have ruled that touching dogs is against the country’s Islamic doctrine, a report says.

Pigeon racing, trading illegal - NSPCA

2014-10-22 18:59

The NSPCA says the breeding, trading and racing of pigeons is now illegal.

Can your pet give you Ebola?

2014-10-22 15:13

Global health authorities are struggling to contain the ongoing Ebola epidemic, and to manage transmission of the disease questions regarding how Ebola affects the animal population has been raised.

Malaysia Islamic authorities probe 'dog patting' event

2014-10-21 09:42

Islamic authorities in Malaysia are conducting a probe into a controversial 'dog patting' event aimed at removing the stigma regarding men's best friend in the multi-ethnic Muslim-majority country.

Group slams 'light' sentence over rare vultures

2014-10-19 21:11

South Africa's largest bird conservation lobby has lashed out at the R10 000 "light sentence" imposed on a farmer who poisoned 46 threatened Cape vultures.

Tasmanian devil death investigated at US zoo

2014-10-19 08:59

Authorities are looking into the death of a Tasmanian devil found in a pool of blood at a New Mexico zoo with its skull fractured. Investigators suspect it has been killed.

Why pets are good for you

2014-10-16 13:56

The companionship of animals is comforting. And studies are now finding that pets can have real therapeutic benefits.

US man killed by camel at Mexican wildlife park

2014-10-16 08:54

The US owner of a wildlife park in Mexico has died after being kicked, bitten and sat on by a camel, and authorities seized the private facility's animals pending an investigation.

Putin's tiger attacked henhouse – China media

2014-10-15 12:03

Chinese media say a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked a henhouse in northeastern China, raising concerns that farmers may hunt it down.

Online sellers of rare species arrested

2014-10-13 17:30

Two brothers accused of planning to sell several protected species online, including a Malayan sun bear, have been arrested in Malaysia, a senior wildlife official says.

KZN receives elephant contraceptive

2014-10-13 14:04

KwaZulu-Natal's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park has received its first contraceptive vaccine to prevent elephant overpopulation, the Humane Society International and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife say.

Joburg zoo confirms Paazab suspension

2014-10-10 17:21

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has confirmed the zoo's accreditation with the African Association of Zoos and Aquaria has been suspended.

Chernobyl radioactivity spikes hit reindeer

2014-10-10 07:27

Almost three decades after the Chernobyl disaster thousands of kilometres away, a jump in radioactivity levels is making Norwegian reindeer meat unfit for consumption.

Dogs can carry Ebola

2014-10-09 22:05

Following the uproar over the killing of an Ebola patient's dog in Spain, experts say there is a risk of canines carrying the deadly virus.

Rare tiger released by Putin strays into China

2014-10-09 14:39

A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has strayed into China and may be in danger.

NY court - chimps have rights

2014-10-08 19:37

A New York court is to hear arguments that chimps are 'persons' with basic rights.

Brits go nuts over squirrel burgers

2014-10-07 22:12

Squirrels make a 'good food source' and should be served up as a way of controlling the population, the organiser of a controversial squirrel burger cooking contest says.

NY baffled as baby bear found dead in Central Park

2014-10-07 08:07

A baby bear has been found dead with trauma to the body in New York’s Central Park, baffling conservationists who are investigating where the cub came from.

Dog named 'Lazarus' survives euthanasia attempt

2014-10-06 05:00

A mixed-breed dog named "Lazarus", which no one in Ozark, Alabama, wanted to adopt, has survived not only being hit by a car, but a euthanasia attempt as well.

Scientists check the 'engine' of animal Ferraris

2014-10-03 05:00

Cheetahs can aptly be called the race cars of the animal kingdom: sleek, graceful and supremely speedy. Now scientists are going to look under the hood, as it were.

Lack of ice forces 35 000 walruses onto Alaska shore

2014-10-02 08:08

Fast-melting Arctic sea ice has forced at least 35 000 Pacific walruses to retreat to the Alaska shoreline, scientists from several federal agencies say.

Gaza war lions sent to Jordan

2014-09-30 20:07

Gaza's lions are en route to Jordan, via Israel, after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war.

Steroid-fattened cows spark health fears in Bangladesh

2014-09-30 13:01

Bangladesh has sent medical teams to check millions of cows set for slaughter due to fears they have been dumped with banned steroids for fattening ahead of the Eid holiday.

Call for mass rabies vaccination

2014-09-27 08:29

Mass vaccination campaigns of 70% of dogs could control and possibly eliminate rabies, a Pretoria University professor says.


Pigeon racing not banned - dept

2014-10-23 18:00

Pigeon racing has not been banned, the environmental affairs department has clarified.

Vandalism reported at 5 US national parks

2014-10-23 10:57

The US National Park Service says vandalism has been found within five western national parks and officials are investigating vandalism reports at five other parks.

White lion cubs unveiled in Serbia

2014-10-22 17:58

Visitors to the Belgrade zoo will meet a pair of three-week-old lion cubs for the first time. Tara Cleary reports.

Tasmanian devil dies - zoo ups security

2014-10-21 20:32

A New Mexico zoo has boosted security after the killing of a rare Tasmanian devil on loan from Australia.

Antibiotics may help animals spread salmonella - study

2014-10-21 08:32

Giving animals antibiotics may make them sicker and could lead some to spread even more salmonella than they would have otherwise, US researchers experimenting on mice say.

Bear bites boy's arm off in Chinese zoo

2014-10-19 18:01

A bear in central China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through its cage, state media and a doctor said.

Humans may have evolutionary bond with dogs - study

2014-10-17 10:00

Brain scans showing that human responses to our dogs are not unlike those evoked by our children and suggest a deep evolutionary bond, a study shows.

Feral cats a threat to Australia’s wildlife

2014-10-16 12:34

Feral cats pose a threat to the survival of more than 100 native animals in Australia, national threatened species commissioner Gregory Andrews says.

For huge ancient kangaroos, hopping was dicey

2014-10-16 07:55

Some Kangaroos hop, others especially ancient ones hopping was dicey.

US Ebola-infected nurse's dog safe for now

2014-10-13 21:00

The dog of the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola when treating a patient infected with the virus, is still in the woman's apartment and will be kept safe while its owner is in isolation at a local hospital, officials say.

KZN Park's elephants to be vaccinated against pregnancy

2014-10-13 14:24

KwaZulu-Natal's Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park has received its first contraceptive vaccine to prevent elephant overpopulation, the Humane Society International (HSI) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said on Monday.

Rhino poachers jailed in Mpumalanga

2014-10-10 08:49

Two rhino poachers arrested in unrelated incidents have been sentenced in Mpumalanga courts, police say.

Sheepdog nurses lion cub at Polish zoo

2014-10-09 22:12

An abandoned lion cub has been cuddling up to a shaggy-haired sheepdog and mother-of-five at a private zoo in Poland.

Hunters angered by proposed ban on shooting cats

2014-10-09 22:04

German hunters are up in arms over a proposed law that would prohibit them from shooting cats.

Molewa launches rhino project

2014-10-08 21:08

Environment Minister Edna Molewa has announced the official launch of the UNEP-GEF Rhino Project.

Spaniards protest death order for Ebola dog

2014-10-08 16:28

Activists are trying to stop Spanish authorities from killing the dog of a woman infected with Ebola.

Real zebra crossing on N3 highway

2014-10-07 12:44

Traffic on the N3 near Pietermaritzburg ground to a halt as a zebra sauntered onto the highway and then wandered off, seemingly oblivious to the commotion it caused.

Animal rights group sad over Nobel prize

2014-10-06 20:05

A Norwegian animal rights group says it is sad that the Nobel Medicine Prize has gone to research involving "very invasive" experiments with rats' brains.

Money, willpower sought to save biodiversity

2014-10-04 14:07

Amid fresh warnings about the depletion of Earth's treasure trove of species, governments will gather in South Korea to try to muster the funds and political will to protect what remains.

Sunning seal steals Sydney opera show

2014-10-02 18:25

A wandering fur seal is the star attraction at Sydney's iconic Opera House as it basked in the warm spring sun on the building's steps.

Process for relocation of KNP rhino begins

2014-10-01 15:22

The process for relocation of some of the Kruger National Park's white rhino has begun, SA National Parks says.

Philippine couple in animal torture videos jailed for life

2014-09-30 16:10

A Philippine has been jailed for life for forcing young scantily-clad women to torture or kill animals for the sexual gratification of online customers, a court official says. WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO

Tiger kills tiger

2014-09-27 07:19

A zoo in western Canada is mourning the loss of a rare Amur tiger after a staff blunder allowed the old cat to enter the cage and confront two younger felines.

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