Species conservation and preservation

Two Beluga whales touch down at Keflavík Airport in Iceland, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, where they are being re-homed in an open-water sanctuary after spending years in captivity in a Shanghai aquarium. The Cargolux Boeing 747-400ERF freighter aircraft carried Little White and Little Grey 6,000 miles as part of a groundbreaking project by Sea Life Trust. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 10:32 pm
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A pair of seasoned performers received a warm welcome Wednesday in Iceland, where the two beluga whales that previously lived at an aquarium in China will help populate a sanctuary for formerly captive marine mammals. Conservationists celebrated when a plane from Shanghai...
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This May 24, 2018 photo shows Dallas Zoo's newest giraffe born April 25, makeing its first scheduled public appearance in Dallas. The 1-year-old giraffe has died during a medical exam and officials want to know what caused the death of the animal named for Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. Dallas Zoo officials tweeted that the giraffe named Witten was not sick prior to Monday, June 17, 2019 examination amid plans to transfer him to a Canadian zoo for a species breeding program. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 12:50 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Officials say a 1-year-old giraffe at the Dallas Zoo that was named after Cowboys tight end Jason Witten died during a medical exam. Zoo officials tweeted that Witten the giraffe stopped breathing Monday during a medical exam to prepare him for transfer to a zoo in Canada for a...
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In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mexican gray wolf interagency field team shows Mexican gray wolf pups that are part of a cross-fostering program in which pups born in captivity are placed with packs in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico. (The Interagency Field Team/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP)
June 18, 2019 - 6:47 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It's a carefully planned mission that involves coordination across state lines — from Mexican gray wolf dens hidden deep in the woods of New Mexico and Arizona to breeding facilities at zoos and special conservation centers around the U.S. It's also about timing as wolves...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo, a herd of bison move through land controlled by the American Prairie Reserve south of Malta, Mont. Montana's Democratic governor and the Republican secretary of state who wants his job are locked in a constitutional dispute over a measure that could affect whether more bison could be moved to the reserve. Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a bill that would have changed the definition of a wild bison. Opponents say the bill targets the conservation group trying to create a large bison reserve. Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says the bill should become law because the governor's veto letter missed a deadline to be sent to his office. (AP Photo/Matt Brown, File)
June 05, 2019 - 7:40 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Democratic governor of Montana who is running for president and the Republican secretary of state who wants his job were locked in a constitutional dispute over a uniquely Western issue that lies at the intersection of politics, wildlife, agriculture and property rights...
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June 05, 2019 - 3:53 pm
OAK HARBOR, Ohio (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed opening up more federally protected land for hunting and fishing in what it called a major expansion of those activities in the nation's wildlife refuges. The plan affects 1.4 million acres (5,666 square kilometers) on federal...
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This Friday, May 31, 2019, photo released by the North Tahoe Fire Protection District shows the Eagle Falls at Emerald Bay State Park in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Firefighters say a woman died Friday, while taking photos at a Northern California waterfall. Investigators believe she lost her footing and slipped. The district says in a statement that the tragedy "is a sad reminder to be cautious when taking selfies and other photos in dangerous areas." (Erin Holland/North Tahoe Fire Protection District via AP)
June 01, 2019 - 5:54 pm
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a woman plunged to her death down a Northern California waterfall after she slipped and lost her footing while taking photos. The North Tahoe Fire Protection District said in a statement that the woman died Friday at Eagle Falls. The waterfall...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2004, file photo, a gray wolf is seen at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. Government officials say they are reviewing a report from a scientific panel that faulted plans to lift protections for the animals (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)
May 31, 2019 - 8:20 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Scientists tasked with reviewing government plans to lift protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. said in a report released Friday that the proposal has numerous factual errors and other problems. The five-member scientific panel's conclusions were detailed in a...
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Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in San Diego. The decorated Navy SEAL facing a murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner was freed Thursday from custody after a military judge cited interference by prosecutors. (AP Photo/ Julie Watson)
May 30, 2019 - 9:53 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL facing a murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner was freed from custody Thursday after a military judge cited interference by prosecutors. The unexpected move drew gasps in a San Diego courtroom after lawyers for Special Operations Chief Edward...
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This undated selfie photo provided by Andrea Gallagher shows her husband, Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who has been charged with murder in the 2017 death of an Iraqi war prisoner. Lawyers for Gallagher are seeking to have the charges dismissed for alleged prosecutorial misconduct. Attorneys for Special Operations Chief Gallagher are scheduled to argue in military court Wednesday, May 29, 2019, that the case against him has been tainted by lies, withholding evidence and conducting surveillance on the defense. (Edward Gallagher via AP)
May 30, 2019 - 8:34 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the court case of a Navy SEAL accused of murder (all times local): 5:35 p.m. A military judge has released a Navy SEAL from custody in advance of his murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner. Capt. Aaron Rugh said Thursday that he was freeing Special...
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This October 2018 photo made available by Virginia Black, right, shows her niece, Alexandra Black, and her son, Anthony Hauguel, in Lafayette, Ind. Alexandra died in a fatal lion mauling at an animal sanctuary in North Carolina in Dec. 2018. Now, her aunt is urging lawmakers to strengthen regulations on animal facilities in the state. (Alexandra Black via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 3:11 pm
BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Alex Black came face to face with an escaped lion when she was just 10 days into her unpaid internship at a private animal sanctuary. The 22-year-old had been preparing deer meat to feed the big cats, and suddenly found herself alone, staring down the lion in a place where...
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