Category: Wildlife

Botswana offers to send 20,000 elephants to Germany, saying it should try looking after them instead of criticizing

Botswana’s elephant population is causing concern for the country’s leaders. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, threatened to send 20,000 elephants to Germany. It came after Germany suggested there should be limits on importing hunting trophies. Germans should “live together with the animals, in the way you are trying to tell us to,” Masisi said. Botswana’s president Mokgweetsi Masisi said he wants to send 20,000 wild…

Cities are at war with rats. Flaco the owl and other animals pay the price.

Flaco, a Eurasian eagle owl that escaped from the Central Park Zoo. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis/Getty Images Flaco, the loose Central Park Zoo owl, died with lethal levels of rat poison  in his system. Rodenticides used in cities like New York also poison other wildlife, especially birds of prey. The problem could become worse as cities ramp up their efforts to combat rats. Flaco, the owl who…