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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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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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Giraffes are in danger of extinction—help save them!

Giraffes are in danger of extinction—help save them!

Giraffes may not be the first animals to come to mind when we think about endangered species, but it might not be long before these majestic creatures disappear from the face of the earth. Thanks to a

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Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

Is Malaysia’s Rare Malaria Spike Linked to Drastic Deforestation?

In Malaysia, a rare form of malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium knowlesi has leapfrogged other sources of the disease to cause 68 percent of the country's malaria cases in 2013. While causality has

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Melting Arctic Ice Causes 35,000 Walruses to Mass on Alaskan Beach, Raising Fears of Stampede

Melting Arctic Ice Causes 35,000 Walruses to Mass on Alaskan Beach, Raising Fears of Stampede

This past weekend a mass of 35,000 walruses congregated on a remote Alaskan beach - and now authorities are concerned that the animals could stampede. This would put many of the animals at risk of death

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Half the World’s Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

Half the World’s Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

The World Wildlife Fund's annual Living Planet Report surveys over 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The 2014 report has just been released and it shows

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Cowspiracy: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See”

Cowspiracy: “The Film That Environmental Organizations Don’t Want You to See”

Cowspiracy Official Trailer from First Spark Media on Vimeo. Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a feature-length environmental documentary following a San Francisco filmmaker as he investigates

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Happy 29th Birthday to the World’s Oldest Wombat!

Happy 29th Birthday to the World’s Oldest Wombat!

The world's oldest living and most probably fattest Australian Common Wombat has just celebrated his 29th birthday. Patrick the Wombat has lived at the Ballarat Wildlife Park in Victoria since 1986, and

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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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Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has just launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to protect some of the world’s most endangered rainforests using recycled smartphones. Each device monitors rainforest

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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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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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Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Every animal is the end result of millions of years of evolution, and when you remove particular species entire ecosystems become vulnerable to instability. An international team of scientists from the

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6 Critically Endangered Animals Under Threat of Extinction Due to Human Activity

6 Critically Endangered Animals Under Threat of Extinction Due to Human Activity

Amur Leopard The Amur leopard, also known as the Far East leopard, the Manchurian leopard or the Korean leopard, is a rare subspecies of leopard that lives in the Russian Far East. The Amur leopard

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Formosan Clouded Leopard Confirmed to Be Extinct in Taiwan

Formosan Clouded Leopard Confirmed to Be Extinct in Taiwan

Photo via Shutterstock A 13-year search for one of the smallest big cats in the world just ended, confirming what many feared: The Formosan clouded leopard is extinct in Taiwan. The more than

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Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears

Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears

Common Seahorse Image from Shutterstock The dwarf seahorse, native to shallow seagrass along the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and areas of the Caribbean, looks set to placed on the endangered species

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Australia’s Koala Listed as Threatened Species Due to Deforestation and Climate Change

Australia’s Koala Listed as Threatened Species Due to Deforestation and Climate Change

Koala photo from Shutterstock The popular Koala has officially been listed as a "threatened species" by the Australian government as the marsupial species faces dangers caused by urban expansion and

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