In July the news broke that the University of Miami had sold an 88-acre plot of land, near Zoo Miami, to a West Palm Beach developer who planned to build a Walmart. Environmentalists were devastated: The land is comprised of rare pine rockland forest, a savanna-like habitat found only in South Flori ... More >>
When news broke last month that the University of Miami had sold an 88-acre plot of endangered pine rockland forest to a Palm Beach developer that planned to build a Walmart, environmentalists and activists were outraged. The rare forest is the only habitat of several species, most famously the Bart ... More >>
Jack Laban swears a cat was out here raising hell just this morning. Mosquitoes slurp blood through the 94-year-old shirtless Gladesman's baggy skin as he hobbles across a landfill of empty Pepsi cans and settles into a folding chair. The former Miami plumber with a full head of white hair uses a ro ... More >>
Leslye Jacobs is a longtime environmental advocate and a once-proud University of Miami Hurricane. But two weeks ago, when she learned that the university had sold a swath of endangered pine rockland forest to a Palm Beach Gardens-based developer who planned to build a Walmart, Jacobs, the director ... More >>
Venezuelans are used to going to great lengths to obtain everyday items. Under the country's late president Hugo Chávez and his socialist party, basic foodstuffs have become scarce. Some Venezuelans wait hours for groceries, while others resort to smuggling items like chicken, flour, and toilet pap ... More >>
Ask any Floridians a Family Feud-style query of "Name things we should protect," and they'll instinctually shout back at you "Manatees." Along with Florida panthers, those plump little sea cows are practically synonymous with endangered species in the state. We're brought up from a young age with a ... More >>
The Florida brickell bush and the Carter's small-flowered flax are two flowering plants that grow nowhere else in the world except for Miami-Dade County. Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the plants deserve special protection under the Endangered Species Act and that the 2 ... More >>
People became angry in Tampa recently when it was announced that the city's Taco Fusion was serving lion meat. They also serve gazelle, kangaroo, ostrich, beaver, otter, and other animals, but it was the king of the jungle that awakened the public's ire. In the face of much criticism, the following ... More >>
On November 21, 2011, John Kenneth Rosenbaum burst into a South Georgia hospital begging for treatment. He had puncture wounds on his arm and the words "BLACK MAMBA" scrawled in marker on his skin.But the bullsh*t bite is now coming back to haunt Rosenbaum. The 24-year-old Jacksonville resident face ... More >>
Even ugly animals need protective love too. The Florida bonneted bat was once a common site in South Florida, but the Center for Biological Diversity believes there may be less than 300 left in the wild now. The odd looking winged mammal has only been spotted recently in 12 different sites in C ... More >>
Somewhere in Biscayne Bay there is a pod of manatees laughing their fat, mossy asses off.Aristides Lorenzo Rodriguez, 43, was sentenced to a year of probation yesterday for repeatedly violating speed limits in a manatee zone. Clearly, a federal judge Jonathan Goodman is trying to scare Rodriguez int ... More >>
via Flickr CCSustain Restaurant Bar has developed a brand synonymous with greener eating. Deconstructed branches line its walls and lamps in natural shapes light up its vast open space, all contributing to a signature earthy feel. The menu lists ingredients with sources and location, and the resta ... More >>
Elias Garcia Garcia and Maria Angela Plancarte, both 53-year-old residents of La Feria, Texas, have plead guilty to selling jaguar skins throughout South Florida. Jaguars are of course protected by the Endangered Species Act, and the sale of their pelts is explicitly outlawed.
Two indigenous Florida species may have gone extinct sometime in the past few decades according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. No one has seen any fairy shrimps or rainbow snakes in years. We don't want to make any assumptions based on their names, but, you know, Florida u ... More >>
L.A. City Attorney's OfficeIsn't this how 28 Days Later begins?Miami freight shipper Robert Matson Conyers was charged with animal cruelty yesterday after a tri-continental shipment of monkeys turned into a cannibalistic simian catastrophe.Guyanese animal supplier Akhtar Hussain hired Conyers to ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsNo Ke$has were harmed by Clemente DiMuro.Ah, Miami. So close to the Everglades. So far from sanity.It's a dangerous combination. For instance, when poachers such as Clemente DiMuro shoot protected anhinga "snakebirds," chop off their pretty feathers, and sell them on the Internet ... More >>
Members of Florida Tea Party groups are so upset with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's efforts to save manatees that they are claiming that new rules to possibly be imposed in famous Kings Bay would not only go against the Bible, but also are part of a vast United Nations conspiracy ... More >>
The Miami blue butterfly is one of the very few species that is only found in Southern Florida, but finding them have become increasingly rare. Once thought to have been completely killed off by Hurricane Andrew, a small population of about 50 was found in 1999. Efforts have been made to grow the ... More >>
Here in South Florida, we've done a number to Mother Nature that few other regions in this fine country can match. via NASAThe area outlined in yellow is considered, in scientific lingo, "totally F'd up."In just over a century, we've dammed the Everglades, plopped whole cities down in the mi ... More >>
Wake up, cat lovers!
Public-radio lovefest, parks and mounted police, humans as panther bait
Guess what happens when an eccentric ecologist and a couple of feisty backwoods boys claim that a rare Florida panther is on the attack
Will a starry-eyed proposal for renovating Monument Island burn out before its time?
Fish eggs, fish eggs roly-poly fish eggs; fish eggs, fish eggs, eat them up, yum
Water pollution is more serious than the WASD plan would have you believe
The cover story is conservation, but the Bush boys have their hands in the taxpayers' pockets again
They're calling the Asian snakehead "the Frankenfish"
Should 2700 little birds be allowed to hold up the reclaiming of the Everglades?
Big dead cats in the middle of the road -- lots of them
One of South Florida's oldest families is nearing a come-from-behind victory in the battle for the Homestead Air Base
The queen conch, long a culinary favorite and a symbol of life in the Keys, is disappearing from local waters
A weird government plan to help save an endangered species winds up threatening to defile the Everglades
When Coral Gables officials see a tiny lake in the middle of their fair city, they think ... shopping mall!
Homestead Air Force Base is a crucial natural habitat for a rare plant. But don't worry, they'll develop around it.
The true story behind the beach erosion explosion is politics as usual
That roaring inferno you see was started intentionally, and if it can be kept under control, it'll do more good than harm
Put down the field glasses and close up the guidebooks. When Florida's top avian enthusiasts do battle, the feathers fly.
When Everglades National Park chief Dick Ring held a feel-good camp-out in the Dry Tortugas, he really toasted some people's marshmallows
It's sad when a manatee dies because of a careless boater. What took place on Watson Island went beyond sad.
A notorious animal smuggler. Some eager buyers. A bizarre sting operation. A dark and stormy night. No wonder the jurors could hardly believe what they were hearing.
In the latest twist to the Bangkok Six orangutan-smuggling case, Matthew Block's flamboyant defense lawyer takes his own life
Live alligators. Dead snakes. Howling owls. About the only thing the Everglades doesn't have is a bright future.
But is that any excuse for Matthew Block's lawyer to send Shirley McGreal a card that shows zebras doing it?
Vilified by animal protectionists, indicted for smuggling, praised by the feds. Matthew Block surprised everyone. Maybe even himself.
Indonesian crab-eating macaques are favored by medical researchers. But if Miami primate dealer Matthew Block's late-August shipment was bound for the lab, it never got that far.
The USDA stopped the importation of giant African snails to Florida, but there were a couple left behind...