Gulf Times - animals
Oman opens sprawling oryx reserve to ecotourists

Oman opens sprawling oryx reserve to ecotourists

The Gulf sultanate of Oman is looking to carve itself a new niche in ecotourism by opening up a sanctuary for one of the desert's most fabled creatures -- the Arabian oryx.

Australian dogs trained to sniff out endangered species

Australian dogs trained to sniff out endangered species

Australian dogs are being trained to sniff out the droppings of endangered animals in a scheme that offers greater understanding of threatened species through the less-intrusive method of canine tracking.

Dolly the cloned sheep was not old before her time: study

Dolly the cloned sheep was not old before her time: study

When Dolly the sheep was put down before her seventh birthday in 2003, she was said to suffer from age-related osteoarthritis, raising red flags that clones may grow old faster.

London Zoo lures lions, penguins at annual weigh-in

London Zoo lures lions, penguins at annual weigh-in

The annual weigh-in allows zookeepers to record the animals' weight and height and send the data to a global information system, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) said.

Death of baby dolphin triggers outrage in Spain

Death of baby dolphin triggers outrage in Spain

Spanish animal lovers reacted with fury on Wednesday after a baby dolphin approached a holiday beach, where it died as bathers played with it and took pictures.

Medical marijuana woos four-legged fans

Medical marijuana woos four-legged fans

It's early morning, just after breakfast, and six-year-old Cayley is wide awake, eagerly anticipating her daily dose of cannabis.

Malaysia seizes 300kg of pangolin scales

Malaysia seizes 300kg of pangolin scales

Malaysian customs officers have seized almost 300 kilograms of pangolin scales being smuggled through the main airport, officials said on Tuesday.

Feline good: Cats counter stress at Tokyo firm

Feline good: Cats counter stress at Tokyo firm

Workaholic Japan is known for long office hours and stressed out employees, but one company claims to have a cure: Cats.

Norway to kill 2,000 reindeer to eradicate disease

Norway to kill 2,000 reindeer to eradicate disease

The Norwegian government on Monday authorised the slaughter of a herd of around 2,000 reindeer in a bid to eradicate a brain-destroying disease, after several cases were detected in Norway for the first time in Europe.

Sri Lanka overturns ban on adopting elephants

Sri Lanka overturns ban on adopting elephants

Sri Lanka said on Wednesday it would allow rich individuals and temples to adopt baby elephants, overturning a ban put in place to protect the animals.

Cuddly ambassadors spell panda-monium for Dutch zoo

Cuddly ambassadors spell panda-monium for Dutch zoo

The Netherlands will welcome its first giant pandas this week at a zoo fitted out with a pagoda-style enclosure as its new centrepiece, crowning 16 years of hard lobbying by Dutch animal lovers.

Frozen treats, sprinklers keep Bangkok zoo animals cool

Frozen treats, sprinklers keep Bangkok zoo animals cool

Malayan sun bears have been enjoying popsicles and cold yoghurt in a Thailand zoo that has been feeding its animals frozen treats and spraying them down with water to keep them cool in the summer heat.