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2006-06-21 18:50:00

SHANGHAI, China -- Scientists using DNA samples have doubled their estimates of the wild panda population in a nature sanctuary in China, a finding they say bodes well for the survival of the endangered species. The researchers believe between 66 and 72 pandas are living in the Wanglang Nature Reserve - more than twice the previous estimate of 32, said Wei Fumin, a zoologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The scientists arrived at the estimates by taking samples of panda droppings in the...

2006-06-19 19:30:00

By Belinda Goldsmith NEW YORK (Reuters) - Giant pandas may not be in as much danger of extinction as feared with a new British-Chinese study finding there could be twice as many living in the wild as previously thought, scientists said on Monday. "This finding indicates that the species may have a significantly better chance of long-term viability than recently anticipated, and that this beautiful animal may have a brighter future," the scientists said in a statement. Until now scientists...

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2006-06-20 00:30:00

By Belinda Goldsmith NEW YORK -- Giant pandas may not be in as much danger of extinction as feared with a new British-Chinese study finding there could be twice as many living in the wild as previously thought, scientists said on Monday. "This finding indicates that the species may have a significantly better chance of long-term viability than recently anticipated, and that this beautiful animal may have a brighter future," the scientists said in a statement. Until now scientists thought...

2006-06-10 09:36:58

BEIJING (AP) - There's a new reality show in town - "Panda Cam." The Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in China's southwestern Sichuan province has set up a camera to capture the everyday life of pandas to be watched live on the Internet, the official Xinhua News Agency said. "Panda Cam" will be aired in 20-minute segments from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:50 p.m. EDT and 2 a.m. to 2:50 a.m. EDT, Xinhua said. The facility, in the heart of Sichuan's lush, cloud-wreathed mountains, is...

2006-06-07 05:00:00

By Robert Birsel ISLAMABAD -- The highly endangered Indus river dolphin has dramatically increased in numbers in a small section of the Indus in Pakistan but the animals remain very rare and in grave danger, a scientist said on Wednesday. The unique, blind dolphin is one of the world's four freshwater dolphin species, and one of its rarest mammals. While the animals once thrived from the lower Indus up to the foothills of the Himalayas, its range has shrunk to just 20 percent of that, British...

2006-04-28 02:20:00

BEIJING -- China on Friday released a panda bred in captivity into the wild for the first time, and the animal scampered into a nearby bamboo forest where he will be monitored via satellite. Xiang Xiang, a 4-year-old male raised at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in Sichuan province, was trained for almost three years to survive in the wild, the official Xinhua News Agency said. News photos showed dozens of people smiling and clapping behind a waist-high fence as two men lifted the...

2006-01-27 14:05:00

LOS ANGELES -- A "darling girl" named Lali stuck close to her mom but greeted other adults with curiosity during her first public outing this week. The two-month-old rare Indian rhinoceros made her debut at San Diego's Wild Animal Park on Thursday after spending her first eight weeks in a private enclosure to allow bonding time with her first-time mother, Gari. "She immediately was exploring meeting the other Indian rhinos, but most of the time she kept close to mom," said park spokeswoman...

2006-01-27 14:08:48

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A "darling girl" named Lali stuck close to her mom but greeted other adults with curiosity during her first public outing this week. The two-month-old rare Indian rhinoceros made her debut at San Diego's Wild Animal Park on Thursday after spending her first eight weeks in a private enclosure to allow bonding time with her first-time mother, Gari. "She immediately was exploring meeting the other Indian rhinos, but most of the time she kept close to mom," said...

2006-01-24 08:00:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent FRONT ROYAL, Virginia (Reuters) - Zoe purrs and grunts when she hears women talking. Just like any house cat wanting her ears scratched, she rubs against the chain-link fence invitingly. But Zoe, who lives at the Smithsonian National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, is no kitty cat; she's a rare clouded leopard. And the specialists at the center are among the few animal experts in the world who have been able to...

2006-01-24 08:25:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent FRONT ROYAL, Virginia -- Zoe purrs and grunts when she hears women talking. Just like any house cat wanting her ears scratched, she rubs against the chain-link fence invitingly. But Zoe, who lives at the Smithsonian National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, is no kitty cat; she's a rare clouded leopard. And the specialists at the center are among the few animal experts in the world who have been able to get...


Latest EDGE Species Reference Libraries

Southern Marsupial Mole, Notoryctes typhlops
2014-04-30 10:58:40

The southern marsupial mole (Notoryctes typhlops) is a species of marsupial that can be found in southwest Australia. It has been recorded in desert habitats with soft sand and spinifex grasses, but the habitat preferences of this species is currently unknown. Its range is thought to include northern areas of South Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as the Gibson and Great Victoria deserts. Although this species is a marsupial, it has been classified within its own order, known as...

Volcano Rabbit, Romerolagus diazi
2014-04-25 10:20:30

The volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi), known locally as zacatuche or teporingom, is a species of rabbit that can be found in Mexico. This species resides near four volcanoes within its range, including El Pelado, but its range is limited to only sixteen small areas. The majority of individuals reside at higher elevations grasslands or in pine and alder forests. The volcano rabbit reaches an average weight of up to 1.3 pounds and is the second smallest species of rabbit next to the pygmy...

Javan Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros sondaicus
2014-04-11 12:20:28

The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), also known as the Sunda rhinoceros or the lesser one-horned rhinoceros, is one of five living species of rhino that can be found in a small area in western Java in Ujung Kulon National Park. Its range once extended from Bengal and Assam to Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos and included the islands of Sumatra and Java. This species prefers to reside in grasslands, rainforests, and reed beds with abundant vegetation and water at higher...

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

Falanouc
2012-06-14 17:57:28

The falanouc is a mongoose type creature that is native to Madagascar. Its closest extant, or living, relative is the fanaloka, but it is distinct from this animal in many ways. Unlike the fanaloka, the falanouc has no anal or perineal glands. It has non-retractable claws and a mouth structure that consists of backwards sloping premolars and canines. It is thought that this is due to its primary diet of invertebrates such as snails, slugs, and worms. The falanouc prefers habitats within...

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