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Wood bison make it to Alaska village; April release planned

Alaska officials say 100 wood bison delivered safely to village; release planned for April
Dan Joling, The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A hundred wood bison that will be the foundation for the first wild herd on U.S. soil in more than a century have been safely delivered to a rural Alaska village, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

"They are acclimating very rapidly," said department biologist Cathie Harms. "They are doing very well so far."

They likely will be released from Shageluk into the Innoko Flats in one or two weeks, she said.

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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