A new exhibit featuring a water monitor lizard will open today at Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro. (Staff photo by Mark Stockwell)

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Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the following notes issued by three closed-end funds managed by Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC. Fitch also affirms the existing notes and m

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Fitch Rates New Tortoise Closed-End Fund Notes 'AAA'; Affirms Existing Ratings

April 17, 2014

Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the following notes issued by three closed-end funds managed by Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC. Fitch also affirms the existing notes and m Go to Source

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Large Decrease In Green Turtle Catch Rates: Study

April 17, 2014

Wildlife Conservation Society A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida. During the research period, conservation scientists estimated … [...]

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Okapi-killing warlord shot dead in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

April 17, 2014

The head of an informal militia and poaching group, Paul Sadala a.k.a. ‘Morgan,’ was killed on Monday after surrendering himself to the army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A well-known elephant poacher and terrorist, Morgan became most famous for leading an attack on the Okapi Wildlife Reserve station in 2012. Go to [...]

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New relative of the ‘penis snake’ discovered in Myanmar

April 17, 2014

Scientists have discovered a new species of limbless amphibians, known as caecilians, in Myanmar. Dubbing the species, the colorful ichthyophis (Ichthyophis multicolor), the researchers describe the new amphibian in a recent paper published in Zootaxa. The world’s most famous caecilian is the so-called penis snake (Atretochoana eiselti) which was rediscovered in Brazil in 2011. Go [...]

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Rexnord Acquires Green Turtle

April 16, 2014

Rexnord Corporation, a renowned water management products manufacturer, announced the acquisition of Green Turtle, a wastewater pre-treatment solutions provider. Go to Source

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Lizard ancestor of land herbivores

April 16, 2014

A small lizard-like creature that lived more than 300 million years ago is believed to be the earliest known ancestor of plant-eating mammals. Go to Source

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Declining catch rates in Caribbean Nicaragua green turtle fishery may be result of overfishing

April 16, 2014

A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua’s legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists. Growing up to 400 pounds in weight, the green turtle is the second largest sea turtle species next to the [...]

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Climate change likely culprit in coqui frog’s altered calls, say biologists

April 16, 2014

The abundant Puerto Rican coqui frog has experienced changes since the 1980s that are likely due to global warming, biologists report. The call of the male coqui became shorter and higher pitched, and the animal itself has become smaller. The study is the first to show the effect of temperature change on a species of [...]

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