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Lonesome George, last of the Pinta Island tortoises, diesupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 08:55:00

Lonesome George, the last surviving Pinta Island giant tortoise, has died at his home in the Galapagos Islands. Scientists believe he was more than 100 years old.

'Robosquirrel' deployed to research relationship with rattlesnakesupdated: Wed Apr 04 2012 09:44:00

This might sound a bit nutty, but U.S. researchers are using robot squirrels to learn more about how real ones interact with their main predator, rattlesnakes.

Ribbit! Frog species found in New York City has a croak of its ownupdated: Sun Mar 18 2012 17:40:00

Amid the skyscrapers, sidewalks and subways of New York City, scientists have discovered a new species of frog within view of the Statue of Liberty. In fact, the researchers who discovered the frog say the center of its range is Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Gabon's Leatherback Turtlesupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 06:22:00

Inside Africa heads to the coast of Gabon in central Africa, in search of the endangered leatherback turtle.

U.S. closes door to four snake speciesupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 17:00:00

U.S. Interior Department announces it is banning the importation of four snake species. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

U.S. bans imports of 4 exotic snake speciesupdated: Tue Jan 17 2012 17:00:00

The United States is banning the importation of four species of snakes and their eggs, the Interior Department announced Tuesday.

16-foot python devours deer in Floridaupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 18:40:00

A Burmese python slithering through the Everglades proved that her eyes weren't bigger than her stomach, swallowing intact a 76-pound deer.

Python eats deer for last mealupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 18:40:00

A Burmese python eats a deer before being killed by snake hunters. AC360 has more.

CNN's Going Green: 'Your Green World' updated: Thu Oct 06 2011 13:08:00

The third installment of our Going Green series looks at cutting-edge ideas from around the globe.

Philippe Cousteau with sea turtles: Part 2updated: Thu Oct 06 2011 13:08:00

Environmentalist Philippe Cousteau takes a look at a baby sea turtle on Cape Island, South Carolina.

U.S. beefs up conservation efforts for endangered sea turtlesupdated: Sun Sep 18 2011 20:04:00

The government has revised its rules on sea turtles to try to decrease the number killed every year and reduce the threats they face.

Wildlife service lists Gopher tortoise as candidate for protectionupdated: Tue Jul 26 2011 18:02:00

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added more populations of the Gopher tortoise to a growing list of species eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act, but limited resources will prevent the agency from doing more at this time.

'Lost' toad rediscovered in Borneoupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 04:48:00

A toad which hasn't been observed in the wild for almost a century has been rediscovered by researchers in Malaysian Borneo.

Injured turtle gets some helpupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 08:11:00

Turtle researchers help dig a nesting hole for a leatherback turtle, after sharks bit off most of her rear flippers.

Injured by a shark, mother turtle gets help laying eggsupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 08:11:00

Long after the suntanned crowds pack up their umbrellas and chairs and the tide has washed away that day's sand castles, Clover slowly makes her way onto the beach.

Vietnam on alert for smugglers after deadly snakes found on trainupdated: Mon May 30 2011 11:38:00

Vietnamese authorities are on alert for animal smugglers after four bags of deadly snakes were found on a train from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, according to local press reports.

Royal couple's honeymoon possibilities in the Seychellesupdated: Fri May 13 2011 13:01:00

Buckingham Palace may be agonizingly tight-lipped about the juicy details of William and Kate's honeymoon, except that they're somewhere in the Seychelles. But not everyone's quite so discreet.

Year after Gulf oil spill, group gives mixed report card for wildlifeupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 09:10:00

Nearly a year after the start of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, some wildlife is recovering, while other species could need significant help, according to a National Wildlife Federation study released Tuesday.

Scientists unsure why dolphins washing up deadupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 01:56:00

Dead baby bottlenose dolphins are continuing to wash up in record numbers on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, and scientists do not know why.

Missing cobra found alive in New York's Bronx Zooupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 12:02:00

An Egyptian cobra that drew thousands of Twitter fans has been found alive after it went missing for days from a New York City zoo.

Missing cobra slithers homeupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 12:02:00

The baby cobra missing for seven days has been found, and is doing fine, according to Bronx Zoo officials.

World's largest rattlesnake roundupupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 19:24:00

Hundreds gather at an event to help control the population of western diamondback rattlesnakes.

Pageant hopefuls decapitate, skin snakes at Rattlesnake Roundupupdated: Sat Mar 12 2011 19:24:00

To win the Miss Snake Charmer beauty pageant requires beauty, grace, talent and a strong stomach. It's probably the only pageant in the country that requires the winner to decapitate and skin a snake.

Suspected smuggler stuffed squirrels, tortoises into suitcasesupdated: Fri Feb 11 2011 04:11:00

An alleged would-be smuggler was caught at a Thailand airport with dozens of rare wildlife -- including snakes, squirrels and tortoises -- stuffed into three suitcases, a wildlife monitoring organization says.

Scientists discover unknown lizard species at lunch buffetupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 19:00:00

It may be an old menu standby to Vietnamese diners, but it's turned into a smorgasbord of discovery for scientists.

Professor's lizard discovery in Vietnamupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 19:00:00

Professor Lee Grismer discusses what he went through to document a new all-female lizard species in Vietnam.

Louisiana guide charged with hunting threatened alligatorsupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 13:49:00

A licensed Louisiana alligator hunter and guide who took clients on sport hunts has been indicted on three counts of violating federal laws protecting the threatened American alligator.

Villagers destroy crocodile sanctuaryupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 03:30:00

An angry mob destroyed a crocodile sanctuary built by an American couple blamed for the disappearance of two children.

Belize mob torches Americans' animal sanctuary, but their will enduresupdated: Thu Sep 09 2010 03:30:00

An American couple in Belize struggled Tuesday to figure out their future, their dreams literally up in smoke after a mob of indigenous Mayans burned down their animal sanctuary in the belief the foreigners fed two missing children to crocodiles on their property.

Sailing the Galapagos Islands in styleupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 11:12:00

With its Giant Tortoises, fearless Sea Lions, colorful crabs and endless other vivid and unusual species, the Galapagos Islands maintain an almost mythical status among the world's must-see natural wonders.

Staying up all night to save sea turtlesupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 15:10:00

A lifelong nature lover, Oscar Aranda studied biology in college and knew he wanted to work somehow with animals at sea.

CNN Hero: Oscar Arandaupdated: Fri Aug 27 2010 15:10:00

Oscar Aranda patrols the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to protect endangered sea turtles and preserve their eggs.

Day-old baby turtles released in Floridaupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 13:58:00

Baby turtles, rescued as eggs from Alabama beaches during the oil disaster, hatched and were released in Florida.

Gulf Coast turtle hatchlings released on Florida's east coastupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 13:58:00

One-day-old loggerhead turtles were set free adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center overnight, scurrying down a beach in the cover of darkness to begin their lives.

Alligator feeding frenzy caught on tapeupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 22:51:00

A Georgia fisherman's camera catches an unlikely sight -- hundreds of alligators hunting together. WJXT reports.

Fisherman catches alligator 'feeding frenzy' on videoupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 22:51:00

A voice heard on an amazing video of 300 feeding alligators says it all.

Japanese giant salamanders are in a fishbowl of sorts, for researchupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 18:35:00

The Japanese giant salamander may hold the key to solving an extinction threat in the amphibian community, and researchers at the National Zoo in Washington are hoping a gift of five of the creatures from Japan will help them find out for certain.

Saving nature's unborn from Gulf oil disasterupdated: Mon Jul 12 2010 16:31:00

One by one, with a hand as steady as a surgeon's, Lorna Patrick removes eggs from a sea turtle's nest on a Florida beach.

Plight of the sea turtlesupdated: Mon Jul 12 2010 16:31:00

CNN's Brooke Baldwin reports on the plight of the sea turtles in the Gulf.

Inspectors seize python used by healer in World Cup ritualsupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 07:27:00

South African animal welfare inspectors say they seized an exotic snake that a traditional healer was using to try to influence World Cup matches.

Crocodile blessingsupdated: Sat Jun 19 2010 03:55:00

CNN's Reza Sayah finds that a community in Pakistan believes holding a child over a crocodile's jaws can bring luck.

Pakistani pilgrims seek good luck from crocodilesupdated: Sat Jun 19 2010 03:55:00

To the average person, holding a child over the jaws of a hungry crocodile does not seem like a smart idea.

Gulf spill shows our oily reflectionupdated: Tue May 18 2010 07:24:00

The days of man vs. nature are over. Today, with environmental catastrophes a daily occurrence, the interests of animals and humans dovetail as never before. It's not either them or us. We're both facing the same monstrous threat.

Saving Dauphin Islandupdated: Tue May 18 2010 07:24:00

Dauphin Island, Alabama, wages a war against the oil spill at sea. CNN's Reynolds Wolf reports.

Alligators on the pathupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 10:41:00

CNN's John Zarrella takes us to a spot where you're sure to run into a lot of alligators. Just don't get too close.

Where the alligators are abundantupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 10:41:00

The sign reads, "Always stay at least 15 feet away from alligators." That rule is difficult not to break when you go to the Shark Valley Visitor Center in the Florida Everglades.

Pythons and citrus and iguanas, oh my! Frigid Florida copesupdated: Mon Jan 11 2010 02:59:00

Ordinarily a sunny playground that mocks the rest of winter-suffering America, Miami, Florida, was in sore need of a giant Snuggie on Sunday.

Group to focus on saving amphibiansupdated: Fri Aug 28 2009 04:52:00

The world has a new alliance to save vanishing frogs, toads and salamanders.

Eastern Himalayas reveals abundance of new speciesupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 04:45:00

Over 350 new species including the world's smallest deer, a "flying frog" and a 100 million-year old gecko have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayas, a biological treasure trove now threatened by climate change.

Predatory snakes become prey in Florida Evergladesupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 09:07:00

Joe Wasilewski drives along a narrow stretch of road through Florida's Everglades. The sun is setting, night is coming on quickly, and Wasilewski is on the prowl for snakes -- and one snake in particular.

Komodo dragons kill with venom, not bacteria, study saysupdated: Wed May 20 2009 08:25:00

A new study dispels the widely accepted theory that the Komodo dragon kills by infecting its prey with toxic bacteria.

Hundreds of new frog species found in Madagascarupdated: Wed May 06 2009 04:48:00

Around 200 new species of frogs have been found in Madagascar, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots.

'Python Patrol' targets giant snakes of South Floridaupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 13:49:00

Juan Lopez reads meters with one eye and looks for snakes with the other. Lopez is a member of the "Python Patrol," a team of utility workers, wildlife officials, park rangers and police trying to keep Burmese pythons from gaining a foothold in the Florida Keys.

Pythons on the moveupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 13:49:00

Burmese pythons are making a land grab and there's only one way to stop them. CNN's John Zarrella reports.

Komodo dragons kill Indonesian fishermanupdated: Tue Mar 24 2009 12:01:00

An Indonesian fisherman has been killed by Komodo dragons after he was attacked while trespassing on a remote island in search of fruit, officials said Tuesday.

New species found in Colombian forestsupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 22:52:00

A recent scientific expedition in Colombia's mountainous Darien region has unearthed 10 new species of amphibians, an environmental organization said.

Turtle hatchlings head for seaupdated: Sun Nov 02 2008 22:54:00

Thousands of turtle hatchlings begin their journey into the sea from the Puerto Arista sea turtle sanctuary in Mexico.

Time.com: Recordings Aim to Capture Calls of the Wild Westupdated: Mon Oct 06 2008 18:00:00

Rattlesnakes aren't to be trifled with, but if you're trying to collect the sound of every creature in the West that slithers, hops, flies or flops, distance isn't a luxury you can afford

Boy fed reptiles to crocodileupdated: Fri Oct 03 2008 13:48:00

A seven-year-old boy feeds reptiles to a crocodile during a zoo break-in in Australia. ABC News' Eric Tlozek reports.

Tours offer glimpse of sea turtle nestingupdated: Tue Sep 30 2008 15:15:00

The beach is pitch black, except for the light from the stars dancing across the sky. The ocean waves pound. And right in front of us, a huge (more than 300 pounds and three feet long) green sea turtle methodically drops her eggs into a nest she's dug deep in the black sand -- more than 100 eggs in just a few minutes.

Natural born killersupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 20:01:00

Setting one species up to scare off or even kill another is nothing new.

Birds and beesupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 20:01:00

Baby birds get help from the common bumblebee. CNN's Kyung Lah reports

Time.com: Researchers Discover Elusive Frog updated: Thu Sep 11 2008 08:00:00

A tiny frog species thought by many experts to be extinct has been rediscovered alive and well in a remote area of Australia's tropical north

Time.com: World's Smallest Snake in Barbadosupdated: Sun Aug 03 2008 18:30:00

A U.S. scientist said Sunday he has discovered the globe's tiniest species of snake in the easternmost Caribbean island of Barbados

Divers battled Komodo dragon before rescueupdated: Sat Jun 07 2008 21:23:00

Five Europeans rescued Saturday after an Indonesia diving trip went wrong had to fight off a Komodo dragon while they were waiting to be found, according to reports.

Missing divers found aliveupdated: Sat Jun 07 2008 21:23:00

CNN's Kathy Quiano reports that five European divers who went missing in Indonesia have been found alive on an island.

12-foot python eats armupdated: Sat Apr 19 2008 19:19:00

One pet store owner almost lost her arm when she was attacked by a 12-foot long python. KVAL's Kim Quintero reports.

Python swallowed dogupdated: Wed Feb 27 2008 11:06:00

A 16-foot python continues to digest a family dog it swallowed in front of terrified children.

Taking the kids: To the Galapagos Islandsupdated: Wed Apr 25 2007 10:34:00

The teen was having a fit. He was hungry, and his mother had left to go to work. His father couldn't calm him down and finally gave up trying. The teen stomped around, squawking. Sound familiar?

Predators, humans sharing habitats a volatile mixupdated: Tue May 30 2006 08:11:00

Attacks on humans by alligators, bears, mountain lions and other predators are extremely rare, but some wildlife experts say they could become more common as people and animals encroach on each others' habitats.

Frog killer found after 6-year stakeout updated: Tue Feb 21 2006 09:11:00

You've got to respect frogs. The amphibians have an astonishing variety of survival skills.

Scientists aim to regrow human limbsupdated: Tue Oct 18 2005 10:29:00

Scientists in England are exploring ways for humans to regrow missing limbs and prevent scarring after surgery by researching frogs and salamanders.

Katrina kills most fish in New Orleans aquariumupdated: Wed Sep 07 2005 11:34:00

Hurricane Katrina killed most of the fish in the New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas, the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Web site reported.

Alien invaders, a global environment under attackupdated: Thu Dec 30 2004 21:14:00

They're not from the sci-fi show "X-Files," but scientists are sounding the alarm that aliens have invaded the planet.

Predators in paradiseupdated: Fri Oct 22 2004 15:18:00

A dangerous intruder has invaded Everglades National Park, and it's putting the native wildlife at risk.

Escaped gator Chucky caught in Alabamaupdated: Wed Sep 22 2004 10:40:00

It was man against beast for a three-hour struggle, but in the end, Chucky the alligator was back in custody, five days after escaping from an Alabama zoo during Hurricane Ivan.

Komodo dragon dies after zoo fallupdated: Sat Aug 21 2004 08:10:00

A rare Komodo dragon has died after falling from a wall while trying to reach her mate at London Zoo.

Peanut Butter, Jelly take bite out of lifeupdated: Thu Feb 26 2004 08:48:00

Peanut Butter and Jelly are savoring their independence.

Fortune: LEAPIN' LIZARDS! JAPAN'S NEW PETSupdated: Mon Jul 15 1991 00:01:00

Apartment life is so cramped in Tokyo that the most common pets are tropical fish and parakeets. But as the Japanese get richer, their taste for something more exotic is rising. The current craze: ...

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