Animals
One Undead Thing: NC Parks Officials Warn of “Zombie” Snake

One Undead Thing: NC Parks Officials Warn of “Zombie” Snake

According to ABC News, parks and recreation officials in North Carolina issued a warning about a so-called “zombie snake” in the state that tends to “play dead.” The North Carolina State Parks and Recreation shared images of the eastern hognose snake on its Facebook page, warning residents to stay alert if they happen to come […]

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One Cool Thing: New Museum Exhibits

One Cool Thing: New Museum Exhibits

The Smithsonian’s dinosaur exhibit in the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. just got a giant facelift (a five-year, $125 million – but it was paid for by David Koch) and the buzz around it is great after it re-opened last weekend.  There is a giant T.rex, a wooly mammoth and an interactive “Fossil […]

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One Buzzy Thing: Detroit’s Urban Bees

One Buzzy Thing: Detroit’s Urban Bees

Yesterday was the final day of the Sustainable Brands conference and I (Miro) got to spend my morning on the rooftop of the GM headquarters in Detroit checking out the hives of honeybees that call it home. Detroit nonprofit, Bees in the D partners with residents, schools, and businesses to contribute to the health of […]

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One Funny Thing: Larry the Cat’s Big Sit-In


Huge security issue as Larry the Downing St. cat shelters under Donald Trump’s limo ‘’the Beast’ & refuses to move. #TrumpinUK pic.twitter.com/i9w4B6w8FK — Bill Neely (@BillNeelyNBC) June 4, 2019 Larry, the world-famous cat who lives at 10 Downing St (the U.K. Prime Minister’s home and office) and serves his official duty as Chief Mouser to […]

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One Mom Thing:  Meddling Bonobo Mothers Ensure Sons’ Mating Success

One Mom Thing: Meddling Bonobo Mothers Ensure Sons’ Mating Success

Sometimes these stories just write themselves!  A recent study found that bonobo mothers are particularly important (some might say overbearing) when it comes to ensuring that their male offspring mate successfully.  How so, you ask?  Well here are some examples of the “maternal” behaviors scientists have now documented, according to The Washington Post. When a […]

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Botswana Lifts Ban On Hunting Elephants

Botswana Lifts Ban On Hunting Elephants

After a 5-year ban, the government announced recently that elephant hunting is again legal in the southern African nation of Botswana. The former President Ian Khama originally implemented the hunting ban, but it came under scrutiny by Khama’s successor, President Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, with the Environment Ministry citing conflicts with humans and an inability to manage increasing elephant populations as the rationale.

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Record Number of Grey Whales Washing Up on West Coast Beaches

Record Number of Grey Whales Washing Up on West Coast Beaches

An alarming spike of grey whale deaths along the US West Coast has prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to declare the deaths an “unusual mortality event.” This designation means that the deaths required greater scrutiny and allocation of more resources to determine the cause. As the Independent reported, “at least 70 dead grey […]

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NYC Considers Banning the Sale of Fur

NYC Considers Banning the Sale of Fur

After bans on the sale of animal fur were passed throughout California, some New York City councilmembers pushed their colleagues this week to back a ban on the sale of fur in the nation’s largest fur retail market. The bill’s opposition comes from religious groups including black pastors and Hasidic leaders. As the New York Times […]

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Cyprus Devises a Plan to Cull Invasive Lionfish

Cyprus Devises a Plan to Cull Invasive Lionfish

Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific, but due to the pet trade have invaded native habitats along the east coast of the U.S., the Caribbean, parts of the Gulf of Mexico and even on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean: the Mediterranean Sea. The island nation of Cyprus has begun a concerted private-public effort […]

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One Cool Thing: 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Smokey Bear

One Cool Thing: 5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Smokey Bear


In celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday, the Smithsonian National Zoo teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service to bring zoo visitors a new exhibit highlighting the story of this famous bear. Check out the exhibit next time you visit and in the meantime, learn the Zoo’s favorite facts about Smokey that you probably didn’t […]

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Hawaiian tourists will no longer be able to swim with wild dolphins

Hawaiian tourists will no longer be able to swim with wild dolphins

For tourists visiting Hawaii, a swim with wild Hawaiin spinner dolphins (or “naia” in the Hawaiian language) has traditionally been a popular attraction. However, growing awareness of how human interaction can harm wild dolphins has encouraged regulators to enact protections for the charismatic marine mammals. As Bloomberg reported, “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are […]

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Green Groups Sue to Compel Endangered Species Listings

Green Groups Sue to Compel Endangered Species Listings

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump Administration to compel them to list 8 “highly imperiled” species that were on the verge of being listed at the end of the Obama Administration.  Since then their final listing decisions have languished in the Interior Department’s Fish & Wildlife Service, which is supposed to move expeditiously according to the Endangered Species Act because the goal is to avoid extinction. 

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