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There have been five mass extinction events in Earth's history. In the worst one, 250 million years ago, 96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land species died off. It took millions of years to recover. Nowadays, many scientists are predicting that we're on track for a sixth mass extincti...
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Human activity has pushed marine life toward a “precipice of major extinction event,” according to a recent study conducted by a team of U.S. scientists. The study, published Thursday in the journal Science, warned that unless immediate action is taken to mitigate the damage, the rate of e...
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On the roof of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., in a large plastic tank, a sea otter mother named Abby floats with her adopted pup, known as 671. For up to nine months, Abby will raise her little adoptee, and when 671 is ready, she will be released into a protected inland salt marsh c...
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Most of us share our homes with animals, so we know that they provide us with companionship, teach us how to love unconditionally and help us enjoy the outdoors and get more exercise. But wild animals also quietly provide us with many other benefits that we rarely notice. As we count our blessings t...
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It's often said cockroaches could withstand a nuclear explosion. But another creature, dubbed 'nature's greatest survivor,' is even more invincible, and you've probably never even heard of it. Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are some of the most fascinating animals in world because they ca...
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  If you are in Mexico visiting some of the places where this beautiful butterfly migrates every year from all around the world, you have to stick to some important rules to protect them. It's very important because a huge amount of people come to this places to visit the natural landscapes an...
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A large bird known to nest in wetlands along the Santa Ana and Colorado rivers will be protected under the Endangered Species Act, federal wildlife officials announced Thursday. The western population of yellow-billed cuckoo will be listed as threatened with extinction because its habitats along ri...
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Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) began its 2014 Tour de Turtles (TdT) with a live sea turtle release on July 27th at the Barrier Island Center, located in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in Melbourne Beach, Florida. The marathon is a fun and ...
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  See how you can help save our beloved Gorillas so they can keep singing about putting limes in your coconuts: Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund: www.saveagorilla.org International Gorilla Conservation Programme igcp.org/...
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The stomach of fledgling mutton birds, or Short-tailed Shearwaters, on Victoria’s Phillip Island have been found to contain an average of  more than seven particles of plastic per bird – weighing some 113 mg. This, says La Trobe University’s Dr Mark Carey, may affect the life cycle of this spe...
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Polar bears adapted to life in cold Arctic climates in part by relying on a high-fat diet mainly consisting of seals and their blubber. In a study published by Cell Press May 8th in the journal Cell, researchers discovered that mutations in genes involved in cardiovascular function allowed pola...
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The bumblebee moving from flower to flower by the shores of Lake Pend Oreille had a distinctive white patch on its rear. So a wildlife technician snapped a picture, documenting a sighting of a Western bumblebee in Bonner County. Idaho Department of Fish and Game crews found three of the native bum...
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FOR a field biologist stuck in the city, the wildlife dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History are among New York’s best offerings. One recent Saturday, I paused by the display for elk, an animal I study. Like all the dioramas, this one is a great tribute. I have observed elk behavior unti...
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Nonhuman persons are real close to having more rights, including Habeas Corpus. As animal activists take center stage in protecting the rights of animals, attorneys have been hired to defend their cases. Citing the right to appear before a judge and be released from unlawful detention, hab...
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Thousands of dolphins are killed there every year, right around this time. Countless others are captured and sold to marine parks. If you’ve seen The Cove, an Academy Award-winning documentary about the hunt in Taiji Cove, you know just how gruesome it is. The water turns bright red in a site t...
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SOCHI, Russia – This is the day when the cold mathematics begins for the U.S. Olympic officials, when they add up the total medals and see if, in grand U-S-A fashion, they can stake claim to No. 1. It matters to many, for future funding and national pride and all that. But I will always see these O...
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OTTAWA - A Federal Court judge has ruled that the environment minister and the fisheries minister both broke the law by failing to enforce the Species at Risk Act. In a case covering four species that Justice Anne Mactavish calls "the tip of the iceberg," the court found there's a major systemic pr...
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The steps are part of a broad effort announced Tuesday by the White House to stem a global boom in wildlife trafficking that threatens species such as the African elephant and the rhinoceros with extinction. "Record high demand for wildlife products, coupled with inadequate preventative m...
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Hundreds of thousands of marine mammals are injured or killed every year by fishermen around the world. And because most seafood in the U.S. is imported, that means our fish isn't as dolphin-friendly as you might expect. Under pressure from conservation groups, federal regulators are preparing to t...
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Bees have a much greater economic value than is widely known, according to a scientific probe into strawberry-growing. Strawberries pollinated by bees were of far higher commercial value than fruit that was self-pollinated or pollinated by the wind. They were heavier, firmer and redder and had a l...
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