Dec 062017
 
Is this Guam bird coming back from extinction in the wild?

It suffered deadly declines due to an environmental blunder by the military, then was rescued from the jaws of extinction by conservationists. This year it endured the threat of a missile strike, but what does the future hold for the Guam Rail? Earlier this year, the world held its breath as North Korea’s crosshairs were […]

Nov 072017
 
New Species of Orangutan Is Rarest Great Ape on Earth

On November 20, 2013, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme got a call about an injured orangutan found in the mountainous region of Tapanuli. “He had cuts on his face, on his head, back, hands, and legs,” recalls researcher Matt Nowak. “They even found some air rifle pellets inside his body”—indicating torment and harassment by people. […]

Oct 122017
 
Is the ‘Extinct’ Javan Tiger Still Alive in Indonesia?

No one’s actually seen the animal for 40 years, but a wildlife ranger in Indonesia has snapped photos and video of a tiger that many believe is long extinct. The Javan tiger is one of the nine subspecies of tiger. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List declared it extinct in […]

Oct 062017
 
11 Wondrous Facts About Praying Mantises

From extreme camouflage to sexual cannibalism, these pious-looking carnivores are as exquisite as they are fearsome. Named for their prominent front legs that fold together in a supine gesture suggesting an act of devotion, the praying mantis comes off as supine and soulful. You might think of them as docile things, moving about slowly, nibbling […]

Oct 052017
 
Upscale Neighborhood Outraged by Resident’s Shooting of Doe and Fawn

Very early one morning earlier this month, in the affluent town of Tiburon in Northern California, a doe and her young fawn grazed on some newly planted landscaping in the yard of resident Mark Dickinson. The two deer had been there before. To protect his new plantings, did Dickinson install a fence or try using […]

Aug 122017
 
POLL: Should the MOTV trophy hunting channel be closed down?

My Outdoor TV (MOTV), an online channel that debuted last weekend in the United Kingdom and is already available in the United States, may sound like it celebrates nature and the great outdoors, but that is very far from the case. No, the programming on MOTV – which costs $9.99 a month and is being […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jun 152017
 
5 Ways to Celebrate Orca Awareness Month

June is Orca Awareness Month, and orca fans and advocates are using it as an opportunity to raise awareness about the ways we can protect this amazing species — specifically an endangered population living in the Pacific Northwest. These orcas, otherwise known as the southern resident killer whales, live in three distinct pods (J, K […]

Jun 142017
 
Ringling Bros. Wants to Send 15 Big Cats to a German Circus

Plenty of animal lovers couldn’t have been more pleased when, after 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus held its final performance on May 21. But just because the “Greatest Show on Earth” has ended doesn’t mean that the company’s performing animals will enjoy the greatest retirement. Nope, just four days after that […]