Locals Oppose Cutting Trees for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Local Tokyo residents fighting to save the trees. Seventy platanus trees currently line Meidai Street in the Chiyoda district, surrounded by Meiji University and other college campuses but they’re on the chopping block as part of the city’s redevelopment plan to expand its sidewalks ahead of the 2020 Olympics. Chiyoda officials … Continued

Harambe’s Successor Arrives at Cincinnati Zoo

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Cincinnati Zoo has announced it is getting a new male gorilla over a year after the death of the now-world-famous Harambe. Harambe was shot by a zoo worker after a 3-year-old boy fell into his enclosure in May 2016 and quickly rose through the ranks of internet fame to become … Continued

Scientists Are Hoping Starfish-Eating Snails Will Help Protect the Great Barrier Reef

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Scientists are getting creative with ways to protect the largest living thing on earth — the Great Barrier Reef. Studies suggest the reef’s corals are dying at an unprecedented rate. One of the biggest threats to their health is the crown-of-thorns starfish. These starfish love to eat coral. The Australian Institute of … Continued

Scientists Find First Evidence of Night Parrots in Southern Australia in Decades

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) – Scientists are on the feather-trail of one of the rarest birds on Earth. It’s called the night parrot. It’s a nocturnal, desert-dwelling parrot endemic to Australia. Experts thought it had gone extinct until a confirmed sighting was made in Queensland four years ago. The elusive bird was later spotted in Western … Continued

Snow Leopards Reclassified as ‘Vulnerable’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Snow leopards are no longer listed as an “endangered” species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, announced on Sept. 14 that the animals are now classified as “vulnerable.” The upgrade to their status follows a three-year assessment of their numbers in the wild. To be listed as “endangered,” … Continued

World’s Oldest Captive Panda Dies at 37

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — China said goodbye to the world’s oldest captive panda. Basi, who was 37 years old, died on Wednesday Sept. 13 at the Strait Panda Research and Exchange Center in eastern China’s Fujian Province. Xinhua news agency reports the panda, who was more than 100 in human years, started suffering from health … Continued

Mysterious Sea Creature Identified

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A creature resembling fabled sea monsters recently washed up on a Texas beach. The animal had a mouth full of spiky teeth and appeared to have no eyeballs, since they had decomposed. The woman who discovered the mystery creature did what many of us do when searching for answers. She posted … Continued

Rare White Giraffes Caught on Camera in Kenya

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — We’ve brought you stories about white moose, white tigers, white lobsters and now — this. Have you ever seen a pure white giraffe before? Video captured in eastern Kenya shows two extremely rare pure white reticulated giraffes. Conservationists spotted the female giraffe and her matching calf after being tipped off by … Continued

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Finalist Images Released

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Attention wildlife and photography lovers. This story is for you. The first group of finalists for the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest were released on Sept. 12. Viewers can feast their eyes on 13 images that made the final cut from a whopping 50,000 submissions from more than 90 … Continued

Two Tiger Cubs Become Playmates

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A 7-week-old Bengal tiger cub at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has a new friend — a 9-week old Sumatran tiger cub. The Sumatran cub was rejected by his mom at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. After several attempts to keep them together, the zoo decided to separate them. … Continued