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China’s ivory trade may soon make African elephants extinct

China’s ivory trade may soon make African elephants extinct

China's demand for ivory is growing and so are the number of elephants being poached to meet that demand. According to Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, 100,000 elephants have been

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it's not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and only experience

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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species' latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the orangutan was found with

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This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

We all get into tight spots on occasion, and it's at times when we're particularly vulnerable that a helping hand from a friend is much appreciated. This giant Galapagos tortoise at a zoo in Taipei found

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VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

VIDEO: Young seal pups play with divers near the Scottish coast

Seals are truly beautiful creatures, aren't they? With their dark, liquid eyes and ready smiles, it's easy to see how people can develop such a kinship with them, and how stories about seal-people called

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These Wallets Can Help Save Tigers from Extinction

These Wallets Can Help Save Tigers from Extinction

Did you know that there are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild today? Between loss of prey and habitat, and being hunted to near-extinction (since many people mistakenly believe that tiger body parts have

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VIDEO: Procter & Gamble’s Dirty Practices are Destroying the Forest and Making Orphans Out of Baby Orangutans

VIDEO: Procter & Gamble’s Dirty Practices are Destroying the Forest and Making Orphans Out of Baby Orangutans

Many of you may be familiar with Procter & Gamble's "Thank You, Mom" campaign, which features several cute tots learning how to walk, swim, and more. But there's another, less than adorable side to

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BOOK REVIEW: “Chizi’s Tale” is the True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino in Zimbabwe

BOOK REVIEW: “Chizi’s Tale” is the True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino in Zimbabwe

"Chizi's Tale: The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino" is an eye-opening, real-life children's story of an orphaned baby rhino who was lucky enough to be taken in by a Zimbabwean conservationist and

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Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Are we approaching the end of fish? It's been widely reported that at current fishing levels all commercial stocks of wild-caught fish will have collapsed by 2050. But there's hope - New Dutch investment

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Monarch Butterfly Populations Crash 90% in 20 Years – Why Are They Not Considered Endangered?

Monarch Butterfly Populations Crash 90% in 20 Years – Why Are They Not Considered Endangered?

Shocking statistics show that Monarch butterfly populations in the U.S. have fallen roughly 90 percent since 1995. In response, a new petition is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the

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7 Million Bats Killed by White Nose Syndrome: How You Can Help

7 Million Bats Killed by White Nose Syndrome: How You Can Help

We've reported on the white nose syndrome (WNS) afflicting and killing bats across the U.S. for a few years now. However, the latest estimates from the Defenders of Wildlife put the number of bats killed

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The Sanctuaria Project Provides a Last Refuge for Disappearing Plant Species

The Sanctuaria Project Provides a Last Refuge for Disappearing Plant Species

  Designed by Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar, a Dutch designer who aims to bridge the gap between nature and man-made objects, Sanctuaria is an art installation aimed to preserve miniature

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Pangolin: World’s Most Illegally-Traded Mammal Being Poached to the Point of Extinction

Pangolin: World’s Most Illegally-Traded Mammal Being Poached to the Point of Extinction

Scaly anteaters are so in demand for their meat and scales that the animals are being poached to the point of extinction. Pangolins look like walking pine cones and can be found across Asia and Africa,

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“Deafening” Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

“Deafening” Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

New offshore oil and gas exploration activities are set to start along the U.S. east coast after a three-decade hiatus, but a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision means that companies

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Illegal Wild Cheetah Trade for Luxury Pets is Pushing Species to Extinction, CITES Report

Illegal Wild Cheetah Trade for Luxury Pets is Pushing Species to Extinction, CITES Report

A new report has confirmed that the status-driven, illegal trade in live cheetahs is pushing vulnerable wild populations of the big cats to extinction. Cheetah cubs are poached from the wild and

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How You Can Help Save the Tastiest Strawberry in America

How You Can Help Save the Tastiest Strawberry in America

The Marshall strawberry, once regarded as "the finest eating strawberry in America," is facing extinction. Like so many other heirloom fruit and vegetables, it fell out of commercial favor in the 1960s as

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Teeny Tiny Mouse Deer Weighing Just 4 Ounces Born in Spain

Teeny Tiny Mouse Deer Weighing Just 4 Ounces Born in Spain

Spain’s Biopark Fuengirola recently welcomed the pitter patter of tiny hooves, as an adorable mouse-deer was just born at the nature park. The rare creature weighed just four ounces at birth, and it

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Chinese Citizens Who Eat Endangered Animals Could Spend Up to 10 Years in Jail

Chinese Citizens Who Eat Endangered Animals Could Spend Up to 10 Years in Jail

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, has passed a law that that aims to deter citizens from eating the country's endangered wild animals. The new

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14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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Oceana Report Reveals the Horrifying Cost of By-Catch in US Fisheries

Oceana Report Reveals the Horrifying Cost of By-Catch in US Fisheries

The human appetite for fish has caused a great deal of trouble for the well-being of the world's oceans. A single animal on your dinner plate can translate into hundreds of pounds of "by-catch" -

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Evidence of “Orangutan Graveyard” Uncovered on Procter & Gamble Palm Oil Supplier’s Land

Evidence of “Orangutan Graveyard” Uncovered on Procter & Gamble Palm Oil Supplier’s Land

In 2013, a Greenpeace investigation revealed a shocking sight in the midst of two Indonesian palm oil plantations: the remains of multiple endangered orangutans scattered throughout and just outside land

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Samoo Unveils Plans for National Research Center for Endangered Species in South Korea

Samoo Unveils Plans for National Research Center for Endangered Species in South Korea

Located in one of Korea’s cleanest mountainous areas, the complex will hopefully create a balance between architecture and nature, while providing optimal working conditions for its users. It was

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11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

11 Green Valentine Gifts For Earth-Loving Sweethearts

11 Green Valentine Gifts for Earth-Loving Sweethearts HAND IN HAND SOAP If you have a sweetie who likes to smell sweeter than roses but hates the idea of applying harmful ingredients to their skin,

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Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species

Ivory Coast Relocates Endangered African Forest Elephants in an Effort to Save the Species

To save their imperiled population of African forest elephants, the Ivory Coast is capturing and then relocating the animals to a preserve on the southern coast. Due to human encroachment and resulting

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West African Lion Alarmingly Close to Extinction, New Study Finds

West African Lion Alarmingly Close to Extinction, New Study Finds

The results of a six-year study published yesterday in PLoS One have found that the elusive West African lion must now be considered critically endangered. The lions were previously believed to inhabit 21

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Infographic: White Nose Syndrome Has Killed 5.7 Million Bats in North America

Infographic: White Nose Syndrome Has Killed 5.7 Million Bats in North America

Bats get a bad rap - despite their spooky image, bats are far from terrifying, and we can assure you, they really don’t want anything to do with your hair. They aren't flying rodents, don’t build

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Safari Club Auctions Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino – for Sake of Conservation!?

Safari Club Auctions Permit to Kill Endangered Black Rhino – for Sake of Conservation!?

If you’re trying to preserve a severely endangered animal, it’s obviously not the best idea to hunt it for sport. But in a bizarre twist of logic, the Dallas Safari Club has decided to auction off the

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Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

Keystone XL to Take Heavy Toll on Endangered Species, Report Finds

There's no shortage of environmental concerns associated with the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. From projected annual spills of 34,000 gallons of oil to the ticking carbon bomb of 360 to 510 billion tons

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14 Adorable Baby Pandas Line up for a Photo Shoot in Chengdu, China

14 Adorable Baby Pandas Line up for a Photo Shoot in Chengdu, China

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China recently announced that they have 14 tiny, fluffy, adorable panda cubs! Born at the center between July and September this year, the

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Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

What once used to be a thriving farming community in India, teeming with people and daily activity, is now something closer to a ghost town, at least when it comes to humans that is. All 200 families that

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