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Endangered northern white rhino dies in Africa

Rare northern white rhino dies in Africa, further reducing the world's dwindling population
The Associated Press

PRAGUE - A Czech zoo says a 34-year-old northern white rhinoceros has died in Kenya, further reducing the world's dwindling population of the critically endangered animal.

Suni was born at the zoo in Dvur Kralove in June 1980. The zoo says Suni was found dead Friday in the Ol Pejeta animal sanctuary. The cause of death wasn't immediately clear, but the zoo ruled out he was killed by poachers.

A snake named Matilda: New species in Tanzania

World's newest snake, Matilda, has menacing yellow scales, horns, and a little girl's name
Jason Straziuso, The Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya - The world's newest snake has menacing-looking yellow and black scales, dull green eyes and two spiky horns. And it's named after a 7-year-old girl.

Matilda's Horned Viper was discovered in a small patch of southwest Tanzania about two years ago and was introduced last month as the world's newest known snake species in an issue of Zootaxa.

6 pandas amble toward freedom in China preserve

6 panda bred in captivity amble into nature preserve as China is reintroducing more to wild
The Associated Press

DUJIANGYAN, China - Six pandas bred in captivity wandered into an enclosed nature preserve in their native central China on Wednesday, a step toward eventually being reintroduced to the wild.

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