Animals

Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

Authorities have intercepted more than three tonnes of illegal elephant ivory in a Thai port as it was en route to Laos from Kenya. The shipping container, marked as tea leaves, was opened to reveal 511

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Obama leans on farmers to aid in the fight against climate change

Obama leans on farmers to aid in the fight against climate change

When we think about climate change and sources of pollution, fossil fuels and dirty industries are the culprits that usually dominate the conversation. Agriculture, though, contributes substantially to

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Say “cheese!” The octographer will take your picture now

Say “cheese!” The octographer will take your picture now

Add this to the bucket list: getting your picture taken by an octopus. Yes, you read that right. An octopus named Rambo is now taking pictures of visitors from his tank at a New Zealand aquarium.

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10 free coop designs for keeping backyard chickens in style

10 free coop designs for keeping backyard chickens in style

Are you thinking of keeping some chickens in your backyard, but don't know how you're going to house them? The Poultry Guide has put together this fab little collection of 10 free coop designs to help

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Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the explosion that rocked the Deepwater Horizon rig, claiming 11 lives and sparking a 87 day-long, 200 million gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, studies continue

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VIDEO: The incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth

VIDEO: The incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmlpSOHc5A4 Recently, VICE headed to South Korea to explore the incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth. Host Ben Makuch and his team spoke to researchers at

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PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

PHOTOS: Artists use recycled materials to make endangered animal sculptures at Philadelphia Zoo

This past weekend, the Philadelphia Zoo opened a new art exhibition that celebrates larger than life installations made entirely from recycled materials. Second Nature: Junk Rethunk features the work of

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Could a giant blob be causing our crazy weather?

Could a giant blob be causing our crazy weather?

Yup. You read that right. Scientists say a "blob" in the Pacific Ocean could be to blame for the drought in the West and the East's seemingly endless season of snow. Apparently, about 1,000 miles off the

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Jungle Bar is a sustainable insect-infused protein bar

Jungle Bar is a sustainable insect-infused protein bar

Icelandic startup Crowbar Protein is crowdfunding sustainable protein bars made using edible insects. Jungle Bar is a protein bar made with dates, sesame, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, chocolate and

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This sweet animation aims to help save the British hedgehog

This sweet animation aims to help save the British hedgehog

https://vimeo.com/110566773 Once a common sight throughout Britain, hedgehogs are now disappearing quickly. These iconic animals numbered close to 30 million back in the 1950s, and now, their numbers

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INFOGRAPHIC: The countries with the most threatened mammals in the world

INFOGRAPHIC: The countries with the most threatened mammals in the world

Many of the world's most magnificent animals are quietly slipping away. This new infographic reveals which countries have the most endangered animals based on data from The World Bank. According to Jon

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Goldfish are taking over a Colorado lake

Goldfish are taking over a Colorado lake

A few years ago, someone dumped some unwanted goldfish (poor fish) into Teller Lake in Boulder, Colorado. Well, the fish, doing what fish do (in apparent rabbit-like fashion), multiplied. A lot. There are

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8 Ways that you can help save monarch butterflies

8 Ways that you can help save monarch butterflies

  Monarch butterflies are easily recognized worldwide for their gorgeous black and orange wings, but these beauties are in danger of disappearing completely. Their numbers have dropped by ___

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KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut pledge to source 100 percent of palm oil sustainably

KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut pledge to source 100 percent of palm oil sustainably

Yum! Brands restaurants KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut announced last week that they will source 100 percent of their palm oil from responsible sources by the end of 2017. After a 2012 study found that most

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USDA links insecticide to 20 year decline in monarch butterfly populations

USDA links insecticide to 20 year decline in monarch butterfly populations

Planting a butterfly garden isn't enough to help monarchs thrive in North America, according to the USDA. A new study published last week in the journal Science and Nature illustrates the deadly

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Researchers successfully splice woolly mammoth DNA into elephant cells

Researchers successfully splice woolly mammoth DNA into elephant cells

In what may be the best worst idea of our generation, a Harvard University research team has successfully spliced woolly mammoth DNA into living cells collected from an Asian elephant. A logical person

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Trans Canada officially halts construction of pipeline terminal due to endangered belugas

Trans Canada officially halts construction of pipeline terminal due to endangered belugas

It’s official. Trans Canada has confirmed it’s canceling its pipeline port terminal in Cacouna, Quebec due to protest and concerns over potential impacts to endangered beluga whale species in the

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Crowdfunding is under way to build a wildlife sanctuary castle in England

Crowdfunding is under way to build a wildlife sanctuary castle in England

  Plans to build a new castle in England are underway, but this isn't a stereotypical building full of royal folks in startling hats; it's going to be a wildlife sanctuary and permaculture

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McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

McDonald's just announced it will be the first fast food restaurant in the United States to add lab-grown meat to its menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin's lab-grown burger experiment in London

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Street artist Louis Masai Michel brings attention to colony collapse disorder with murals of bees

Street artist Louis Masai Michel brings attention to colony collapse disorder with murals of bees

Street artist Louis Masai Michel has been using is talent for painting photorealist murals to help bring awareness to dwindling bee populations around the world. Based in London, Michel covered walls in

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First-ever intensive biodiversity study reveals 30 new species of insects in Los Angeles

First-ever intensive biodiversity study reveals 30 new species of insects in Los Angeles

  Los Angeles just got a lot more diverse – not from an influx of new immigrants, but via the discovery of 30 new insect species that live in the City of Angels. A new paper recently

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U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

A hunter who last year paid $350,000 at a Dallas auction to hunt an endangered Black Rhino in Namibia has been permitted by U.S. authorities to bring the so-called trophy back to the United States. The

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Architect builds tiny timber barn for adorable pygmy goats in Bavaria

Architect builds tiny timber barn for adorable pygmy goats in Bavaria

Inspired by the region’s traditional timber homes, Kühnlein built the small barn out of wooden planks and raised it off the ground on timber legs. The structure is made up of stacked spruce lengths

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World’s top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Taiji, Japan

World’s top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Taiji, Japan

Dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan became public knowledge upon release of the documentary The Cove. Although the dolphin hunting reportedly ended after the release of the 2009 film, new information has

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Britain names Pitcairn Island as center of world’s largest marine reserve

Britain names Pitcairn Island as center of world’s largest marine reserve

When it comes to protecting marine life, Britain is going big. The announced plans earlier this week to create what will be the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve that would cover an area of

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Spring’s baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe!

Spring’s baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe!

All around the world, songbirds are disappearing at an alarming rate. Although many of them perish due to habitat loss and poisoning by agricultural pesticides, a startling number of them are killed by

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Kiyoshi Mino’s startlingly realistic felt sculptures blow taxidermy away

Kiyoshi Mino’s startlingly realistic felt sculptures blow taxidermy away

Kiyoshi’s collection of eight animal sculptures are now offered through the Chicago design shop ODLCO. Each bear, lamb, pig, cat, horse, duck, chipmunk, and bird sculpture is started with the face in

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Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

Artist Ren Ri works with honeybees to create gorgeous wax maps of the world

Rather than traditional marble, plaster or wood, artist Ren Ri has turned to nature to help make his sculptures, by partnering with honeybees! The artist has teamed up with a fleet of pollinators to

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This virtual mouse brain could help end animal testing forever

This virtual mouse brain could help end animal testing forever

Animal testing is a much-maligned practice in the development of medicines and cosmetics, but many companies are hanging on to lab mice because they lack an adequate alternative. This virtual mouse could

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6 heartwarming ways that 3D printing has helped animals

6 heartwarming ways that 3D printing has helped animals

The popularity of 3D printing has exploded within the past couple of years, and one of the most revolutionary uses for it has been that of prosthetics. But humans aren’t the only ones benefitting from

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