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California passes sweeping ban on rhino horns, elephant ivory to protect endangered animals

California passes sweeping ban on rhino horns, elephant ivory to protect endangered animals

Lawmakers in California passed a bill yesterday outlawing the the sale of nearly all ivory and rhinoceros horn products in the state. This move is an attempt to reduce elephant and rhino poaching, which

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Chris the overgrown sheep spared certain death by celebrity Aussie shearer Ian Elkins

Chris the overgrown sheep spared certain death by celebrity Aussie shearer Ian Elkins

Wild sheep shed their wool each year, but Merino sheep have been bred specifically to keep on growing until they're shorn - so we can use their wool. The now-famous Chris, a sheep in Australia who somehow

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Shocking study reveals 90% of seabirds have eaten plastic

Shocking study reveals 90% of seabirds have eaten plastic

The science is clear: the oceans and its creatures simply cannot take the burden of our plastic waste. Seabirds have been ingesting more and more of the stuff over the past few decades and the percentage

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Arizona judge rules all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from shelters

Arizona judge rules all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from shelters

A federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona just ruled that all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from animal shelters or non-profit organizations.

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National Geographic plants faux ivory tusks to track the illegal ivory trade route

National Geographic plants faux ivory tusks to track the illegal ivory trade route

National Geographic took an incredible stance in the efforts to stop the illegal ivory trade in Africa, my planting and tracking their own faux tusks. Commissioned specially for NatGeo, the fake tusks

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New map shows where large mammals would exist without humans

New map shows where large mammals would exist without humans

How would the world look if humans had never spread out across the earth? For a start, we'd have a lot more forest, much less pollution, and the stars would look unbelievably bright. But, as a new map

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The only Sumatran rhino in the U.S. is headed to Indonesia to save his species

The only Sumatran rhino in the U.S. is headed to Indonesia to save his species

The Cincinnati Zoo has been home to the only breeding project in the United States for the critically endangered Sumatran rhino, but this year marks the end of an era. 8-year-old Harapan is the last rhino

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Boyan Slat’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is “even bigger than we thought”

Boyan Slat’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch expedition shows the plastic problem is “even bigger than we thought”

Plastic trash in the ocean is a huge problem - a ‘millions of tons’ type problem. New evidence suggests that in the San Francisco Bay area alone, there will soon be a lot more plastic floating in the

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Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the Great Barrier Reef

Park officials in the southern Australian province of Victoria say a deepwater reef has been discovered there that may have more coral, sponge, and fish than the Great Barrier Reef. Wilsons Promontory

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Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25 million birds every year

Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25 million birds every year

Wild birds are being hunted by the millions throughout Mediterranean Europe with impunity, despite strong laws against the practice. It is estimated that 25 million birds are hunted annually, using cruel

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BEEcosystem: the world’s first observation beehive to ship with an established colony

BEEcosystem: the world’s first observation beehive to ship with an established colony

Most of us would love to be able to help the bees, but we have no idea how to establish our own beehives. The genius team behind the BEEcosystem aim to change that with their modular indoor observation

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Number of plague cases on the rise this year in the United States

Number of plague cases on the rise this year in the United States

Almost seven centuries after the Black Death, the plague is still out in force. This summer, there have been six confirmed infections by Yersinia pestis, the scientific name for the bacteria responsible

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New study finds horse and beaver in specialty ground meats

New study finds horse and beaver in specialty ground meats

A new study on ground meat sold in stores in the United States has shown that more than a whopping twenty percent are mislabeled. Chapman University’s Food Science Program put commercial ground meat to

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Rare white humpback whale caught on video off the coast of Australia

Rare white humpback whale caught on video off the coast of Australia

Stormwatcher James Chambers was whale watching at the beach on Monday and happened to capture an amazing sight on video: a rare glimpse of a white humpback whale, surfacing just off the coast of

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Why are black rhino horns still for sale in San Francisco’s Chinatown?

Why are black rhino horns still for sale in San Francisco’s Chinatown?

Shopkeepers in San Francisco’s Chinatown are still selling black rhino horns, despite recent crackdowns by federal agents. The horns, wanted by practitioners of traditional medicine for their purported

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Gray wolves spotted in California for the first time in over 90 years

Gray wolves spotted in California for the first time in over 90 years

Amazingly, the state of California has not spotted a wolf living on its land since 1924. That all changed this month after the California Department of Fish and Wildlife captured footage of a family of

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UPDATED: Costa Rica wants to close its zoos and free all captive animals

UPDATED: Costa Rica wants to close its zoos and free all captive animals

Image via Shutterstock Costa Rica just announced that it will become the first country in the world to close down its zoos and free all captive animals. The small tropical nation is home to 4 percent

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Which countries are doing their part to stop Colony Collapse Disorder

Which countries are doing their part to stop Colony Collapse Disorder

Pollinators are the lifeblood of ecosystems everywhere. They help plants reproduce, increase biodiversity, facilitate the dispersal of species into new regions, maintain genetic diversity within plant

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American hunter deletes Twitter posts showing his young sons with the lions they killed

American hunter deletes Twitter posts showing his young sons with the lions they killed

Just when we all thought we were about as sick of trophy killing as we could possibly be, an Indiana father proves us wrong. In now-deleted Twitter posts published last July, Allen Tarpley proudly showed

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Zimbabwe charges game park owner for illegal hunt of Cecil the lion

Zimbabwe charges game park owner for illegal hunt of Cecil the lion

In the wake of the illegal killing of Cecil—a 13-year-old black-maned lion and popular tourist attraction—in Zimbabwe, authorities have charged a nearby game park owner in association with the lion's

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Stealth GPS in fake elephant tusks maps illegal smuggling routes

Stealth GPS in fake elephant tusks maps illegal smuggling routes

Using GPS tracking devices, a journalist has mapped the smuggling route of elephant tusks out of Congo's Garamba National Park. The devices, installed into a pair of fake ivory tusks, helped investigative

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Researchers discover the world’s first venomous frog species in Brazil

Researchers discover the world’s first venomous frog species in Brazil

The Brazilian rainforest has offered up another hidden treasure—sort of. Two new frog species were recently discovered which, in itself, is a newsworthy event but these little amphibians are getting a

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Increased demand for lion bones threatens endangered species more than ever

Increased demand for lion bones threatens endangered species more than ever

The king of the jungle is in more trouble than ever. Researchers are now warning that endangered lions could be targeted for their bones, in addition to all the other reasons hunters are already killing

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Famous freeway-crossing mountain lion killed in Los Angeles while crossing a freeway

Famous freeway-crossing mountain lion killed in Los Angeles while crossing a freeway

They call him P-32, but it’s not a stage name. Unlike many residents of Los Angeles, the male cougar known to the public since kittenhood tried his best to stick to his true nature - and it cost him his

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5-foot-long python hitches ride on Baltimore’s floating Water Wheel

5-foot-long python hitches ride on Baltimore’s floating Water Wheel

Baltimore’s Water Wheel picked up an unexpected and alarming visitor last week: a five-foot-long ball python found cozied up on the machine’s solar power inverter. The managers of the Water Wheel—a

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Bangladesh police kill six tiger poachers

Bangladesh police kill six tiger poachers

Six alleged poachers were killed in the Sundarbans National Park in Bangladesh on Sunday after a raid by local police. Three adult Bengal tiger skins were found at the poachers’ camp, along with

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Gigantic 40-foot-tall spiderwebs engulf streets in Dallas

Gigantic 40-foot-tall spiderwebs engulf streets in Dallas

If you suffer from a touch of the arachnophobia, avoid Dallas, Texas at all costs. The neighborhood of Lakeside Park has become home to a canopy of spiderwebs that cover the trees, spanning forty feet in

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Pizzly bears are appearing in the rapidly warming Arctic

Pizzly bears are appearing in the rapidly warming Arctic

Climate change, hybrids, and bears, oh my! In an unusual twist of the climate change saga, polar bears and grizzly bears are increasingly interbreeding and scientists are taking note. Since 2006, several

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This adorable little sea slug is solar powered

This adorable little sea slug is solar powered

Costasiella kuroshimae, known commonly as Leaf Sheep, is an ocean-dwelling grazer, though unrelated to its namesake. The Leaf Sheep is a species of sea slug that munches on algae instead of grass.

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Santos, Brazil is bringing attention to biodiversity with street guides and the country’s first urban birdwatching tower

Santos, Brazil is bringing attention to biodiversity with street guides and the country’s first urban birdwatching tower

Santos is the first city in Brazil to install birds pictures in streets and squares. Located on the southeastern coast of the country and surrounded by the Atlantic Forest, Santos already cataloged and

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