Causes

Jul 262017
 
POLL: Should the illegal Indonesian owl trade be closed down?

When you hear the words “Harry Potter,” certain indelible images come to mind. You likely remember Harry, Hermione and Ron. And you probably think of Hogwarts and all those fascinating professors of magic. But don’t forget the magnificent owls. You’d love to you get your mail delivered by a friendly owl, wouldn’t you? Of course, […]

Jul 242017
 
Saving the Wild Parrots of New Jersey and How You Can Help

Alison Evans-Fragale was dumbfounded when she got a call from Lonely Grey Rescue bird sanctuary to say that PSE&G had dropped off 27 baby parrots who had been living in nests removed from utility poles in Englewood, NJ. Six of the babies were dead. For the past decade Evans-Fragale, a nurse practitioner and founder of […]

Jul 232017
 
'Truly unique': lioness adopts and nurses leopard cub

A lioness has been spotted nursing a tiny leopard cub in Tanzania, the first time a wild cat is known to have adopted a cub from another species. The five-year old lioness, called Nosikitok is closely monitored by conservationists in the Ngorongoro conservation area and is known to have had a litter of her own […]

Jul 212017
 
POLL: Should Praying Mantises be used for pest control?

New research documents that mantises worldwide are eating small birds; in the US, invasive mantis species are devouring hummingbirds. If the headline weren’t startling enough, the photos are even worse. There is an order to predators and prey that feels normal – like, birds eat insects. And when the script it flipped it can feel […]

Jul 202017
 
POLL: Should the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity be banned?

In another tragedy for captive belugas, a newborn calf has died mysteriously at SeaWorld Orlando. Earlier this year, SeaWorld confirmed that Whisper, a 17-year-old beluga who has been in Orlando since 2010, was expecting and due to give birth this summer. Unfortunately, the newborn didn’t survive long after birth. SeaWorld wrote in an update, “Unfortunately […]

Jul 192017
 
Selfie-Seeking Men Kidnap, Injure Endangered Florida Deer

You think you’ve seen it all, but then you realize you really haven’t. In the Florida Keys, a routine traffic stop led police to discover something deeply disturbing: Two men had captured and hogtied three endangered Key deer. On July 2, 2017, the men stuffed two of the deer in the back seat and one […]

Jul 142017
 
Endangered Right Whales suffer losses that threaten their future survival

North Atlantic right whales are now one of the most endangered whales on earth, and a string of recent deaths has raised questions about their future survival. Once known as the “right” whale to kill because their slow movements and time spent at the surface made them easy targets, right whales were nearly decimated by […]

Jul 092017
 
POLL: Should South Africa's canned hunting industry be banned?

South Africa’s drawing the ire of conservationists after approving the export of hundreds of skeletons from captive-bred lions this year, mainly to meet the demand for bones in parts of Asia. This move will prop up South Africa’s sickening canned hunting industry. The nation is home to an estimated 200 lion farms, where thousands of […]

Jul 062017
 
POLL: Should the owning of exotic pets be banned?

An exotic pet is any animal that would not typically be considered a pet. Animals like snakes, sugar gliders, monkeys and scorpions are becoming more common in private homes. In the United States alone, it’s estimated that over 19 million households now have an exotic pet of some kind. Many would argue this is a […]

Jul 052017
 
This New Parrot Species Sounds Like a Hawk

For decades, countless bird lovers have scoured the Yucatán Peninsula on a quest for rare species. Now it appears they all missed one—and a bright and noisy one at that. A parrot with paint-box colors and a voice like a hawk’s has been discovered in the Yucatán in Mexico, according to a new study. Christened […]

Jul 022017
 
Ten more elephants poisoned by poachers in Zimbabwe

Ten elephants, including a mother and her young calf, have been found poisoned in and around Zimbabwe’s premier game reserve, Hwange national park. Six of the animals died in the south of the park last week; some had their tusks hacked off. The others were found outside the northern sector of the park in state […]

Jun 302017
 
How 2 Million Pounds of Rotting Flesh Helps the Serengeti

For wildebeest, the yearly migration across the Serengeti can mean life or death. Predators such as crocodiles and big cats lie in wait as the herd of more than one million makes its 1,000-mile loop across the savannas of Tanzania and Kenya. But one of the most serious—and overlooked—threats of this overland migration is drowning. […]