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A Smithsonian museum scientist who dealt with the nation's largest dolphin die-off arrived Tuesday to help figure out what's killing dolphins in Virginia at a rate not seen in 26 years. As of Monday, 16 dolphins had washed up dead in Virginia in August, bringing this year's total to 103. Almost hal...
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The widely-reported decline of bee populations worldwide is wreaking havoc in certain ecosystems, particularly since it is now known that bees can be very fickle when it comes to pollination.  PLAY VIDEO Why Are All The Bees Dying? Bee populations around the world have collapsed. DC...
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After years of stonewalling and hiding behind a media curtain of information that has been somewhat adjacent to factual reality, Seaworld has finally decided to engage in public debate on the issue of keeping killer whales in amusement parks.  They tried to ignore the book “Death at Seaworld” a...
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Ten years ago the Iberian lynx was nearing extinction but today, thanks to an imaginative conservation program that has brought hunters, farmers and the tourist industry under its wing, its numbers have tripled from 94 to 312. "We can't claim victory yet but now there is hope," said Migue...
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Just two year's before his assassination, Julius Caesar brought to Rome one of the world's most astonishing living creatures: a giraffe. The animal was among Caesar's spoils from his campaign in Egypt and according to the Roman writer, Dio, the giraffe, which was arguably the first to ever touch Eur...
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The sweeping grasslands of the African savannah might not exist without elephants. They knock down so many trees that forests transform into plains, where other grazers and birds feed. Elephants maintain the shape of the land, and without them, everything would change. And for many, that would make ...
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May 18 is Endangered Species Day, an annual holiday introduced by the U.S. Senate in 2006 to raise awareness of endangered plants and animals and "promote species conservation worldwide." Honoring species on the brink of extinction may sound like a bummer, but Endangered Species Day isn't meant...
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Conservationists and mahouts greeted Thai Elephant Day with expressions of frustration that the government is making no serious attempt to keep these iconic animals safe in the jungle and at shelters that care for them. They emphasised it is necessary to remind people constantly of the im...
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Here are some grounds for hope. For decades, scientists and environmentalists have believed that we are driving so many species to extinction that there is little chance of preventing the world undergoing another mass extinction – such as the five that wiped out up to 95 per cent of species over the...
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Federal and state wildlife officials have reached an agreement that could lead to the reintroduction of wood bison, a species that inhabited Alaska before the 1900s. Wood bison are listed as a U.S. endangered species and are found in the wild only in Canada. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://...
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While it's already well-known that dolphins rank among the most intelligent creatures on the planet, new research is suggesting that they just might be one of the most magnanimous too. A team of biologists recently published a study examining dozens of fascinating cases of inter-species g...
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With 2012 seeing the largest mass of summer ice melting in the Arctic in modern history, it’s no surprise experts predict more of the same for 2013. The melting ice has implications for some of Canada’s most threatened species. Metro spoke with World Wildlife Fund scientist and researcher Pete Ewin,...
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Does a large population of sea otters reverse one of the principal causes of climate change? New research from the UC Santa Cruz is suggesting that a population boom of sea otters would go a long way to reduce sea urchin numbers, and therefore allow kelp forests to become very large."The spreading k...
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Central Florida beaches are reporting record numbers of loggerhead sea turtle nests, reversing a recent decline. But hotter summers pose a long-term danger to the threatened species.By Ludmilla Lelis Canaveral National Seashore and neighboring beaches in central Florida are reporting record numbers...
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by Johnny Kelly A dead great white shark and 39 dolphins were founded stranded on the Massachusetts coast over the weekend. WCVB reported a fisherman discovered a 13-foot, 1,500 pound great white shark carcass on South Shore Beach in Westport, less than a half-mile from public beaches in Little Co...
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    Five pilot whales are expected to survive after a 22-member whale pod stranded itself at Avalon Beach State Park on Florida's eastern coast this weekend. The sudden, unexplained stranding brought an army of volunteers who tried to keep the whales hydrated and upright Saturday....
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Of the 103 species of lemurs, over 90% should be on the Red List of Threatened Species. This is according to an assessment made by the Primate Specialist Group of the IUCN, BBC News Science and Environment reports. Lemurs in the wild are only found in Madagascar, dubbed the ‘land of the lemurs...
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by Liz Friedenfels Did you know 10,000 to 15,000 perfectly healthy cats and dogs are euthanized in animal shelters throughout the United States every single day? Did you also know that there are nine incredibly easy steps to reduce the number of animals being euthanized due to lack of space? This i...
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Lonesome George, the last surviving Pinta Island giant tortoise, has died at his home in the Galapagos Islands. Scientists believe he was more than 100 years old. Staff at the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador say George, the only remaining member of his subspecies (Chelonoidis abingdoni), was f...
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  A huge proportion of Canada’s bird species are in serious decline, threatened by disappearing habitat and climate change, the first comprehensive report on the health of the country’s avian populations has found. Overall, there’s been a 12 per cent drop in bird populations since 1970, says ...
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