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Aug 262017
 
POLL: Should roadside zoos be closed down?

Disturbing new undercover footage of a zoo in Canada exposes heartbreaking abuses. The footage has spurred outrage and has led to calls for change. The video, which was released by Animal Justice, was taken at the Papanack Zoo in Ontario by a whistleblower who worked there. It brought to light a number of heartbreaking issues […]

Aug 242017
 
Taking Cue From ‘Caddyshack,’ Trump National Golf Club Shoots Gophers

Apparently inspired by the movie “Caddyshack,” the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., is dealing with gophers, squirrels and other critters in an unusual, cruel and illegal way: by shooting them. In “Caddyshack,” groundskeeper Carl Spackler, played by Bill Murray, tries unsuccessfully to kill a destructive gopher using several cartoonishly violent methods, […]

Aug 212017
 
Karma? Another Trophy Hunter Has Been Killed by an Elephant

April 2017: Scott Van Zyl, owner of a canned hunting facility in South Africa and an organizer of trophy-hunting African safaris, is eaten by the crocodiles he’d intended to kill in Zimbabwe. May 2017: Theunis Botha, a friend of Van Zyl and the owner of another South African hunting facility, is crushed to death by […]

Aug 082017
 
Why Are Some African Lions 'White?'

The news about African lions is usually dire these days, as the species dwindles across its range. But Thiessen K. Musaah from Nakuru, Kenya, gave us a welcome break with his question about coat color. Why, he asked, are lions in South Africa’s Kruger National Park “fawn to golden white” while their kin in the […]

Aug 062017
 
Outrage Grows Over Video of Shark Dragged Behind Speedboat

Three men in Florida apparently thought it would be hilarious to tie a shark by its tail to their speedboat and then make a video of it bouncing hard in the wake of the vessel as the men laugh. Afterward, they took photos of what was left of the poor shark’s mangled body. One of […]

Aug 022017
 
Why This Young Hawk Thinks It’s an Eagle

“Every day I said ‘I wouldn’t count on him being there tomorrow!’ But it’s been six weeks and he’s still adapting,” said David Hancock, an eagle biologist who started the Hancock Wildlife Foundation. Since early June, Hancock has been monitoring a red-tailed hawklet that seems to be, despite all odds, surviving in a nest full […]

Aug 012017
 
Dozens of Laotian elephants "illegally sold to Chinese zoos"

Dozens of elephants from Laos are being illegally bought by China to be displayed in zoos and safari parks across the country, according to wildlife investigator and film-maker Karl Ammann. According to Ammann, so-called captive elephants in Laos sell for about £23,000 before being walked across the border into China by handlers or “mahouts” near […]

Jul 312017
 
Climate change is increasing the mortality rate of African wild dog pups

New research suggests that African wild dogs’ chances of survival might be dealt a serious setback as global temperatures continue to rise. The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus), a native of sub-Saharan Africa, is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, which reports that there are only an estimated 6,600 adults in 39 subpopulations […]

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 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 […]