Animals
Major Shark Conservation Victory Celebrated With Remarkable Photos

Major Shark Conservation Victory Celebrated With Remarkable Photos

This week, the nations of the world gathered at the Conference of the Parties of the U.N. Convention on Trade in Endangered Species and took a major step forward in protecting 18 species of sharks and rays, including mako sharks, wedgefishes, and guitarfishes. 

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Citizen Scientists Work to Protect Georgia’s Pollinators

Citizen Scientists Work to Protect Georgia’s Pollinators

Pollinators are facing stresses all over the world such as habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation. In the state of Georgia specifically, where experts determined that the annual value of pollination is over $360 million, Butterflies of the Atlantic Flyway Alliance (BAFA) was formed to bring together conservation land managers and citizen scientists throughout the state to […]

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Julian Castro Reveals Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Plan

Julian Castro Reveals Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Plan

Last week, 2020 presidential hopeful and former HUD secretary Julian Castro was the first candidate to release an action plan addressing animal welfare issues. Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali broke the story and explained that Castro’s plan, called PAW: Protecting Animals and Wildlife, Calls for ending the euthanasia of domestic dogs and cats in shelters and […]

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LA Wildlife Bridge On-Track for Completion in 2023

LA Wildlife Bridge On-Track for Completion in 2023

We’ve written before about the City of Los Angeles’ efforts to help protect endangered mountain lion populations in the city. There had been several ideas about how a wildlife corridor might be built in a city as bustling and populated as LA, but now officials are one step closer to building the world’s largest wildlife […]

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Breakthroughs in Global Protection From Trade for Mako Sharks and Giraffes

Breakthroughs in Global Protection From Trade for Mako Sharks and Giraffes

Delegates from around the world came to the defense of one of the most critically endangered marine species — the mako shark (often targeted for shark fin soup) — moving ahead a global trade ban for final consideration by the U.N. body that deals with trade in endangered species despite opposition to the ban by Japan, Canada, and the United States.  Final approval of the ban is expected later this week.

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One Cool Thing: Human-Sized Penguin Discovered in NZ

One Cool Thing: Human-Sized Penguin Discovered in NZ


This week brought the discovery of an extinct “monster,” human-sized penguin in New Zealand. Crossvallia waiparensis, lived in the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), making it one of the oldest known penguin species. As NBC News reported, the penguin was more than 5 feet tall and weighed more than 170 pounds, […]

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