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February 10, 2017 Wildlife

Monarch Butterfly Population Crashes By Nearly One-Third

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The annual overwintering count of  monarch butterflies released on Thursday confirms butterfly numbers fell by nearly one-third from last year’s count, indicating an ongoing risk of extinction for America’s most well-known butterfly....

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February 9, 2017 Opinion
There are more tigers in captivity in the U.S. -- 5,000 -- than the approximately 3,200 left in the wild. (Photo: Trevor Paterson / Unsplash)

The Dizzying Zoo Debacle

By: Adam Roberts

The past week has presented the world with three more examples of botched zoo management, which fit into the dizzying array of issues regarding wildlife captivity, zoo safety, and the...

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February 1, 2017 Politics
Ever since the Citizens United ruling, fossil-fuel interests have been spending money to dismantle the Endangered Species Act. (Photo: glasseyes view / Flickr)

Fossil-Fuel Interests Are Funding an Effort to Dismantle the Endangered Species Act

By: Jedamiah Wolf

“If you look at how much money is spent on the other side and the power of wildlife opponents to hire lobbyists, to give campaign contributions and to constantly promote...

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January 30, 2017 Opinion
Is torturing a coyote for her fur to line a jacket’s hood not willful? (Photo: mrpolyonymous / Flickr)

Confused About Cruelty: The Canada Goose Story

By: Adam Roberts

I’m so confused. Well, I’m often confused by animal cruelty, mistreatment, and assaults on endangered species. But, at the moment, I’m just confused — mystified, really — at certain concepts involved...

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January 30, 2017 Wildlife
A grizzly bear fishing. (Photo: Chris Parker / Flickr)

Grizzlies, Beavers Among Species Slated for Reintroduction

By: Nick Marinoff

Born Free is the story of one couple’s attempts to reintroduce a young lioness into the wild. Known as Elsa, she is one of three cubs that George and Joy...

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January 27, 2017 Wildlife
Ten-year-old Joanna Eckles birdwatching with her mother Ann in 1975.

Spotting Conservation Clues on the Wing

By: Belinda Waymouth

It all started with a black-capped chickadee. No one remembers whose idea it was to get the bird feeder. But the moment it was mounted on the second story window...

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January 26, 2017 Wildlife
Dolphins are taken by divers in Japan to be used in animal shows around the world.

100 Dolphins Taken from Wild in Taiji's Infamous Cove

By: Dana Hunnes

As of this writing, Taiji, Japan remains ground zero for the capture and distribution of wild dolphins to amusement parks, dolphinariums, and swim-with-dolphin programs worldwide, fetching as much as $200,000...

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January 23, 2017 Environment
Roseate spoonbills at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. (Photo: Jonathan Milak / USFWS)

On Final Day, Obama Administration Phases Out Lead Ammo, Tackle From Wildlife Refuges

By: Center for Biological Diversity

On the last full day of the Obama administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an order phasing out the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges...

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January 23, 2017 Business
Elephants perform at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. (Photo: Becky Phan / Unsplash)

Closing of Ringling Bros. Circus Reflects Changing Attitudes Toward Performance Animals

By: Nick Marinoff

The circus is leaving town. After nearly 150 years in business, the “greatest show on earth,” Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is “sealing its tent” for good, and...

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January 19, 2017 Climate & Energy

As Officials Tackle Climate Change, Polar Bears Get a Bum Rap

By: Nick Marinoff

The Arctic is melting faster than ice in a fryer. Residents are noticing warmer temperatures all around, and weather-related phenomena is occurring in all corners of the world. At present,...

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January 18, 2017 Wildlife
Wild parakeets in london are an example of alien species resulting from wildlife trafficking. (Photo: j_gldsck / Flickr)

Alien Species Among the Perpetual Dangers of Wildlife Trafficking

By: Nick Marinoff

Trafficked animals that escape their captors’ clutches will often form communities in non-native habitats. Dr. Luke Gibson of the University of Hong Kong learned this while reading a story about...

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January 16, 2017 Business
The tourism dollars these elephants will bring far outweighs the price of their ivory tusks on the black market. (Photo: Roderick Eime / Flickr)

Forget the GDP -- By Focusing on Wildlife Conservation, We Can Maximize Happiness

By: Jedamiah Wolf

We’ve been trying to convince policymakers about the link between wildlife conservation and human wellbeing for a long time,” Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director for the International Fund for Animal...

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