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January 5, 2017 Opinion
An elephant tusk, or in China, white gold. (Photo: Steve Snodgrass / Flickr)

The End of the Ivory Trade?

By: Adam Roberts

Media have been buzzing over the New Year’s holiday break with news that China has declared publicly that it’s going out of the ivory business: Closing down carving factories and...

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January 5, 2017 Wildlife
A pouty owl. (Photo: Mark Coleman / Flickr)

15 Facts About Birds on National Bird Day

By: Born Free USA

Today is Born Free USA’s 15th annual National Bird Day: A day to raise awareness for wild and captive birds everywhere. According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, a...

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January 4, 2017 Wildlife
The "spaceship jellyfish" was one of many quirky species discovered in 2016. (Photo: NOAA / YouTube)

Ten Incredible Species Discovered in 2016

By: Nick Marinoff

2016 was a year of mayhem and discovery. As we bid one final farewell to the last 12 months, let’s look back and examine the most iconic new species uncovered...

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January 3, 2017 Food
There's more going on in that bird brain that you might think. (Photo: Thomas Vlerick / Flickr)

Chickens Are More Intelligent, Complex and Sensitive Than You Might Think

By: Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy

In case you haven’t been reading your Chinese placemats lately, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. And we are kicking the year off with a new peer-reviewed paper in...

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January 3, 2017 Environment

Thousands of Snow Geese Die After Landing in Toxic Mining Pit

By: Nick Marinoff

Thousands of snow geese have perished after landing in an open copper mine in Butte, Montana. Known as the Berkeley Pit, the site has been a popular tourist attraction since...

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January 3, 2017 Wildlife
Confiscated ivory ready to be burned in Kenya. (Photo: IFAW)

Banning the Ivory Trade Is China's New-Year Gift to Elephants

By: Grace Ge Gabriel

I am overwhelmed with joy, even though this announcement has been much anticipated. I read and re-read the text on the red letterhead of the Central Government office, pinching myself, trying to...

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January 3, 2017 Wildlife
A flowing Tobusch fishhook cactus. (Photo: Chris Best / USFWS)

Fishhook Cactus' Comeback Highlights Successful Year of Endangered Species Recovery

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to downlist the Tobusch fishhook cactus from endangered to threatened, reflecting protection and recovery of the tiny, spiny plant guided by the Endangered...

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January 2, 2017 Wildlife
A red wolf. (Photo: Land Between the Lakes KY/TN / Flickr)

$10K Reward for Info on Illegal Killing of Endangered Red Wolf

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity today added $7,500 to the reward for information leading to a conviction or fine in the latest illegal killing of an endangered red wolf in North Carolina....

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December 31, 2016 Wildlife
Ivory waiting to be crushed by the USFWS in 2013. (Photo: Kate Miyamoto / USFWS)

Mixed Year for Anti-Poaching Efforts Ends With China's Vow to Ban Ivory Trade

By: Nick Marinoff

What the Chinese have long called “white gold” only leads to death and disaster on the savannahs of Africa. For years, poaching efforts across the African plains have stemmed from...

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December 29, 2016 Wildlife
A gorilla at the Zurich Zoo. (Photo: Tambako The Jaguar / Flickr)

An Incubator for Great Ape Protection

By: African Wildlife Foundation

By David Williams It is not common for African primatologists and conservationists to mix, much less in a small town in Japan. But earlier this December, 16 African students representing...

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December 28, 2016 Wildlife
A viral video shows a bear trapped in the snow being repeatedly run over by the driver of a massive, all-terrain vehicle. (Photo: YouTube)

Graphic Killing of Brown Bear in Russia Sparks Criminal Probe

By: Nick Marinoff

A viral video of a gruesome bear killing in Russia has sparked outrage across the globe, and Siberian investigators are now seeking charges of animal cruelty. The footage shows a...

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December 28, 2016 Climate & Energy
The little brown bat is one of several species threatened by oil and gas companies. (Photo: Ann Froschauer / USFWS)

Fossil-Fuel Companies Seek Permission to Kill Protected Bats for Next 50 Years

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering an application from nine oil and gas companies that would allow them to avoid liability under the Endangered Species Act for killing...

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December 27, 2016 Wildlife
A Cheetah on the Serengeti plain. (Photo: Richard Toller / Flickr)

Conservationists Sound Alarm As Cheetahs Face Extinction

By: Cheetah Conservation Fund

The wild cheetah population is declining at an alarming rate, prompting conservationists to call upon the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to upgrade its classification of the...

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December 27, 2016 Wildlife
An African gray parrot. (Photo: Keith Allison: Flickr)

Born Free USA Proudly Celebrates 15th Annual National Bird Day

By: Born Free USA

As part of Born Free USA’s 15th annual National Bird Day on January 5, 2017, the global leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation is celebrating the 2016 victory for the African grey...

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December 23, 2016 Wildlife
Elephants roam the grasslands of Tanzania. (Photo: Megan Coughlin / Flickr)

2016: Another Fatal Year for Elephants

By: International Fund for Animal Welfare

Elephants continued to be slaughtered for their ivory this year. With today’s announcement of two tons of ivory in Kenya, more than 20 tons of illegal ivory, plus 949 elephant...

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December 21, 2016 Politics
An endangered gray wolf. (Photo: MacNeil Lyons / National Park Service)

Report: 10 Wildlife Conservation Priorities for the Trump Administration

By: Center for Biological Diversity

As the Obama administration prepares to hand over the reins of the executive branch to President-elect Donald Trump, the Washington, D.C.-based Endangered Species Coalition today released a “Top 10” list...

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December 19, 2016 Wildlife
A male jaguar. (Photo: Eric Kilby / Flickr)

Plan to Recover Endangered Jaguars Ignores U.S. Habitat

By: Center for Biological Diversity

Just weeks after the news broke of a new jaguar in the United States, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a draft jaguar recovery plan that puts the onus of...

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December 19, 2016 Wildlife
Confiscated ivory that was eventually crushed by the USFWS. (Photo: Kate Miyamoto / USFWS)

The United States’ Little-Known Role in Wildlife Crime

By: African Wildlife Foundation

By Micaela Samodelov Valued at an estimated $10–$20 billion per year, the global illegal wildlife trade is said to be the fourth-largest illegal trade in the world. To date, much attention...

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