Animals
Watching Tiger King? Here’s what you should know (and how you can help)

Watching Tiger King? Here’s what you should know (and how you can help)

By: Carson Barylak, IFAW Programs Manager and Meredith Whitney, IFAW Wildlife Rescue Program Officer.  This blog first appeared on the IFAW web site and is reprinted with their permission. The Netflix docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, has gripped audiences across the world and created countless memes across the internet; the iconic wild animals, complex human […]

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One Pet Thing: 7 Surprising Ways Your Dog Says ‘I’m Stressed’

One Pet Thing: 7 Surprising Ways Your Dog Says ‘I’m Stressed’

Dogs are usually balls of joy but even man’s best friend can get stressed. Do you know how to spot the signs of a nervous, stressed, or otherwise unhappy dog? Take it from a canine behaviorist. Also, coronavirus can infect cats — dogs, not so much. But scientists say it’s unclear whether felines can spread the virus to […]

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Creating “Safe Passages” To Conserve Migration Routes in Wyoming As the Climate Changes

Creating “Safe Passages” To Conserve Migration Routes in Wyoming As the Climate Changes

The Washington Post did a beautiful piece on the importance of preserving wildlife corridors in the face of climate change and other man-made threats. Interstate 80 is a vital transportation link that connects the east and west coasts, but it also blocks the historic migration routes through the Rocky Mountains for mule deer, elk, and pronghorn — some of the most iconic species of wildlife in the American West.

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Vietnam Joins China in Taking Steps To End Wildlife Trade to Help Prevent Future Pandemics

Vietnam Joins China in Taking Steps To End Wildlife Trade to Help Prevent Future Pandemics

China has taken “concrete steps” to close its “wet” or wildlife markets and now Vietnam is following suit, according to Sierra, the magazine of the environmental group The Sierra Club. 

Why This Matters:  The world has faced many major pandemics, such as SARS and now COVID-19, that are believed to have been spread from human contact with wild animals.

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One Furry Thing: Adopt a Pet and Get Some Free Beer

One Furry Thing: Adopt a Pet and Get Some Free Beer

Animal shelters are being impacted by the coronavirus — CNN reported last night that across the US they are closing and canceling adoptions due to shelter in place orders, but abandoned animals are still coming in.  They are starting to get crowded and need help placing animals as quickly as they can.  Anheuser-Busch stepped in […]

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One Cute Thing:  International Puppy Day

One Cute Thing: International Puppy Day

Yesterday was National Puppy Day and there were plenty of cute pics on social media (check out our Instagram for Monica’s dogs).  These two photos come from the National Park Service’s tribute to dogs of the Parks on this day in 2018.  Cooper of Lake Mead National Park, above, was the single most clicked-on photo […]

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Protecting Nature Protects Human Health–We Need to Be Better At Both

Protecting Nature Protects Human Health–We Need to Be Better At Both

As people begin to build and expand into more wild areas, it’s more likely that they’ll come in contact with viruses that circulate in animals. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that three-quarters of “new or emerging” diseases that infect humans originate in nonhuman animals. As we’ve learned from […]

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One Hungry Thing: The Greater Wax Moth Caterpillar That Thrives On Plastic

One Hungry Thing: The Greater Wax Moth Caterpillar That Thrives On Plastic

Researchers at Brandon University have studied the Greater Wax Moth Caterpillar and found that it can live on a diet of polyethylene, the type of plastic used to make shopping bags.  Yes, you read that right!  Unlike many animals that are harmed by eating plastic (we are thinking of those tragic whale and bird pictures […]

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Racehorse Doping Scandal Brings Scrutiny to Vet Care for Racehorses

Racehorse Doping Scandal Brings Scrutiny to Vet Care for Racehorses

For months a mysterious rash of deaths of racehorses has plagued the racing industry, and now prosecutors have, according to CNN, accused “27 people — horse trainers, veterinarians, and drug distributors — of carrying out separate but related conspiracies to covertly provide performance-enhancing drugs to racehorses.” 

Why This Matters:  The New York prosecutor in the case did not pull any punches — the indictments level charges against some of the most prominent trainers (and horses) in the sport.

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Sea Turtles Are Attracted to the Smell of Marine Plastic

Sea Turtles Are Attracted to the Smell of Marine Plastic

As the World Wildlife Fund explained, research suggests that 52% of the world’s turtles have eaten plastic waste. Previously scientists thought that turtles ingest so much plastic only because a floating plastic bag can look like a lot of jellyfish, algae, or other species that make up a large component of the sea turtles’ diets. But […]

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New Forensics and Captive Breeding Are Saving Species

New Forensics and Captive Breeding Are Saving Species

Armed with the forensic tools of crime-solving detectives, biologists are now using environmental DNA, or eDNA, to keep tabs on elusive or endangered species that are nearly impossible to monitor with traditional methods. Scientists have used these techniques to monitor imperiled species such as Vietnamese crocodile lizardsAustralian sea lionsSwedish pool frogs, and Canada lynxes.

Why This Matters:  Scientists believe it will take drastic action to stop the world from losing more than a million species in the next decade.

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In Honor of World Wildlife Day, Empathy for Animals One and All

In Honor of World Wildlife Day, Empathy for Animals One and All

By Azzedine Downes, President and CEO of the International Fund for Animal Welfare As the leader of an organization dedicated to the wellbeing and conservation of animals, I often receive requests from the general public to intervene to help animals in need—from rescuing emaciated lions in makeshift zoos in Sudan, to helping multiple species of animals […]

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