04 Jul '11, 3pm

Wildlife Roundup: the Good News

Wildlife Roundup: the Good News

Happy 4th of July, everybody! Here’s June’s good news in wildlife conservation. Tanzania has shelved plans to build a paved highway across the Serengeti National Park, which threatened to disrupt the annual migration of 1.5 million animals. Federal biologists confirmed that a photograph of a bear in the Northern Cascade mountains is a grizzly, the first such photo taken in Washington State in almost fifty years. The photograph itself was snapped last October. "These are the most critically endangered grizzlies in North America," said Doug Zimmer, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman quoted in a Seattle Times story. "We're delighted to see that they're still hanging in." The IUCN has upgraded the Arabian Oryx from “endangered” to “vulnerable,” a remarkable feat considering that in 1972 there were only six Oryx left in the wild (the last wild Oryx was shot and killed that year...

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