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After weeks of searching the Southern Ocean, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society finally found Japan’s whaling ships in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Sadly, what they ultimately discovered was the body of a protected minke whale on the deck of a Japanese ship, along with harpoons out on other ships. According to Sea Shepherd, when […]
Conservationists are applauding the announcement of a plan to help restore grizzly bears in Washington State. Grizzly bears once ranged widely throughout the west, but they were nearly wiped out by the early 1900s. Sadly, they are believed to have lost 98 percent of their historic range, and are now only found in a few isolated […]
The world is about to be turned upside down for 200 lucky dogs. Thanks to a massive rescue effort, 200 pups who were living on a dog meat farm will be going from horrifying lives in barren wire cages to homes where they’ll be family members. These dogs will no longer suffer the fate of […]
Scientists have made an exciting discovery of a new species of gibbon in China, who they’ve since named after a character from Star Wars. According to a research team led by Professor Fan Pengfei from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou that included experts from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), there’s an entirely new species […]
The plight of African and Asian elephants in the wild continues to make international headlines, but much less attention is paid to the many ways they’re suffering in captivity right here in our own backyards. Despite knowing how much space they need, how intelligent they are, and how vital their relationships are, humans continue to […]
Canada’s troubled Marineland has faced ongoing public outrage over its mistreatment of animals, and now it’s facing even more charges for cruelty. Marineland, in Niargra Falls, Ontario, has been the subject of intense public scrutiny following investigations that exposed horrifying treatment of its marine animals and later its land animals. The controversy reached a much […]
In a win for conservationists, the rusty patched bumble bee, a rare bee species facing extinction, will be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The rusty patched bumble bee, who can be identified by a rust-colored patch on its abdomen, was once a commonly seen pollinator from the midwest to the east coast, but scientists believe […]
Conservationists are mourning the loss of a mountain lion kitten from who was fatally struck on a freeway just weeks after his mother suffered the same fate nearby. P-52, as he was formally known, was just seven-months-old when he was killed just a few miles away from where his mother, P-39, died trying to cross California’s […]
Polar bears are already seriously threatened by climate change, but according to a new study they’re also facing another significant threat to their survival – toxic pollutants. For the study, which was just published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, researchers analyzed data from four decades of research on exposure to toxins in species including Arctic […]
The future could have been a lot different for a mother orangutan and her tiny baby in Borneo had it not been for locals and a team of rescuers who were ready to help. The pair of orangutans, who have since been named Mama Rindi and Baby Rindi, made their way onto a rubber plantation […]
As we prepare ourselves for the next administration, conservationists are working to draw attention to species on the brink who are really going to need our advocacy over the coming years. The Endangered Species Coalition just released a report that highlights ten of the most imperiled species in need of protection, along with actions that can […]
We share virtually every environment on earth with birds of some sort, who we admire for their beauty, songs and brilliance. Yet even with our love for them, many species are at risk of extinction and birds in captivity aren’t getting the awareness they need. That’s why this January 5, animal advocates are celebrating National […]
Animal advocates are mourning the loss of Granny, the world’s oldest known orca, who is now believed to have passed away. Granny, who is formally known as J2, is a member of the J-pod, which is one of three pods (J,K and L) that make up the population of the Pacific Northwest’s beloved Southern Resident […]
Pangolins already have the unfortunate distinction of being the most heavily trafficked mammal in the world, and now news of a record-breaking seizure of their parts in China has raised yet more concerns about their future. Pangolins, who live in Africa and Asia, are remarkable little creatures. They’ve been described as walking artichokes and because […]
Animal advocates are celebrating another epic victory for captive cetaceans with an announcement that Barcelona’s only dolphinarium will be closing. The dolphinarium, which is located within the Barcelona Zoo, would soon have been in violation of welfare standards set by the European Association of Aquatic Mammals, leaving officials to decide whether to upgrade or close. […]
A few years ago, the Mendoza Zoological Park in Argentina became infamous for keeping Arturo, the world’s saddest polar bear, in deplorable conditions. Despite international outcry and calls to have him moved to a facility in Canada, Arturo passed away before anything was done. Now, animal advocates can seek solace in the fact that the […]
Cheetahs are the fastest land animal on earth, but conservationists are raising serious concerns about a threat they can’t outrun: extinction. While the plight of big cats around the world has gained growing awareness, it’s been mostly focused on lions and tigers. Now cheetahs are taking the spotlight, but it’s unfortunately over concerns that these […]
Animal advocates are celebrating the successful rescue, rehabilitation and release of two critically endangered Bornean orangutans who had spent their lives in cages as pets. The two orangutans, eight-year-old Johnny, and ten-year-old Desi, had spent their lives in confinement as pets before being rescued by a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) in 2011 and […]
After months of speculating what, or who, is behind the strange noises coming from the deepest part of the sea, scientists believe they finally have an answer. Scientists exploring the mysteries of the Mariana Trench, the deepest place anywhere on earth, recorded some incredibly eerie sounds using an autonomous robot (otherwise known as a passive acoustic […]
Officials acting on a tip recently stopped two minivans and made a heartbreaking discovery – 165 pangolins who were being smuggled across the border between Thailand and Laos. It’s believed these pangolins were taken from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, mainland Malaysia, or a combination of both, and were en route to China when they […]