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Scientists are raising concerns about how climate change is threatening the future of one of the cutest little mammals in the nation as they continue to disappear from the landscape. The American pika is a small herbivorous relative of rabbits and hares who live high in the mountains of the American West. They’ve adapted to […]
What could have been a happy ending for three elephants from the Woodland Park Zoo in Washington state has turned into a story that keeps going from bad to worse and has left the sole survivor in need of help. For years, animal advocates had fought to get Watoto, an African elephant, along with Bamboo […]
While international efforts are under way to help keep dwindling populations of monarch butterflies from disappearing, scientists are raising concerns about how severe weather and a loss of forest habitat at their wintering grounds in Mexico are affecting them. Every year, monarchs embark on an epic multigenerational migration that takes them thousands of miles from […]
Hawaii’s population of spinner dolphins has become a big draw for people who want to get up close and personal with them, but experts warn that’s not such a good idea. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) previously explained that spinner dolphins are nocturnal; they hunt in deep waters at night and return to […]
Protecting woolly mammoths who have been extinct for thousands of years might sound a little bit like a joke, but the effort is serious and supporters believe the change could help save elephants. With the exception of two government sales held in 1999 and 2008, the international trade in ivory has been banned since 1989. […]
While animal advocates continue to speak out against the cruelty involved in the fur industry, some are also putting old garments to use and helping comfort orphaned wildlife. Through its Fur for the Animals campaign, Born Free USA is one of the organizations that has been collecting donations of unwanted fur items, which it sends to wildlife […]
Conservationists have been warning about the negative impact pesticides are having on bees for years and have urged people to help them and other pollinators out by not using them in their gardens. Unfortunately, in our effort to help, we’ve actually been unwittingly contributing to the problem by buying flowering plants and trees that are […]
The future could have been a lot different for a female elephant who was spotted with a wire snare embedded around her face had it not been for the vigilant efforts of rescuers who tracked her down to help. The young female was first spotted at the end of June in Meru National Park by […]
In another victory for animals in labs, New York has become the latest state to pass a law that will give dogs and cats used as test subjects the chance to be adopted. The Research Animal Retirement Act, which was sponsored by Sen. Philip M. Boyle and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, will require publicly funded […]
Thanks to an epic rescue mission, close to 200 animals have been rescued from a nightmare in Mississippi. While these lucky victims of a puppy mill will get a second chance to experience an entirely different life, the case is another heartbreaking reminder about why it’s so important to adopt. The rescue, which has been […]
Recently released footage of an after hours party at the Bristol Zoo Gardens has animal advocates calling for an end to similar events. The footage was taken by an investigator from the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) at a recent “Big Night Out” event featuring live music and alcohol on the property. While an estimated […]
It’s only been a few years since foxes native to California’s Channel Islands were on the verge of extinction. Thankfully, conservation efforts have worked so well that the comeback they’ve made is being called the fastest successful recovery for any mammal ever protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the U.S. The island fox, […]
Tyson Foods, the nation's largest chicken producer, is back in the spotlight this week after disturbing footage was released showing horrific cruelty toward chickens raised and killed for meat.
They might closely resemble the adorable cat who sleeps in your bed, but Arabian sand cats are a very wild version of house cats. They have adapted to live in harsh desert conditions and are so so elusive that until now no one has seen one in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in more than […]
California condors have made a remarkable comeback from nearly going extinct. But while their numbers have continued to grow over the years, researchers have identified a new threat to their survival. California condors, the largest bird in North America, once ranged across the continent, but they were perilously close to going extinct by the 1980s, […]
In another sad loss for captive cetaceans, a young male beluga has become the latest to pass away in string of deaths at U.S. aquariums. The young beluga, Miki, died at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut before even making it to his ninth birthday, which would have been on August 16. He had been sent […]
Whale watchers off the coast of Washington were recently treated to a thrilling sight of ”Granny” — the oldest known living orca in the world. Granny is now believed to be 105-years-old, and she’s still going strong. She was recently spotted by Maya’s Legacy Whale Watching off the coast of San Juan Island with members of her family. […]
Animal advocates are celebrating a victory for two lionesses who arrived at a sanctuary this week after being removed from a troubled roadside zoo in Iowa. The two lionesses, sixteen-year-old Jonwah and eighteen-year-old Njjarra, were residents at the Cricket Hollow Zoo, which has been in the spotlight for years for failing to provide proper care […]
Our interest in the irresistibly adorable slow loris has caused some major problems for them. Advocates have worked tirelessly on their behalf, and now they are celebrating the news that four critically endangered slow lorises have been successfully rehabilitated and returned to their home in the jungle. A year ago, the International Animal Rescue (IAR) took […]
Manatee advocates are raising concerns about the number of these gentle giants who have been killed in Florida this year. They hope that increased vigilance and other measures will help keep this from being the worst year on record. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has already counted 71 manatees killed by boats […]