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The Washington National Zoo welcomed four cheetah cubs on Thursday all visible by the Zoo’s webcams — even their births — just click here to watch that. The five-year-old Mom, Echo, is fine, as are the cubs — you can see them live here 24/7 on the Zoo’s Cheetah Cam. This is the fourteenth litter of cheetah cubs delivered at the Zoo since 2007 — they are part of a captive breeding program – cheetahs are “vulnerable” according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – less than 7000 remain in the wild. The Zoo’s cheetah biologist Adrienne Crosier said on the Cubdate website, “As a keeper, I look for mom being attentive. If the cubs vocalize (make a chirping noise) we want to see her attend to them, because it usually means they may need to eat, urinate/defecate, get warm, or just need some mom cuddle time. We also want to see her groom them regularly and she has.” Listen closely and you can hear them peep! So cute!
by Minka Kelly, Actress and IFAW Global Ambassador As a Global Ambassador for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), I’ve known for years that there are more tigers in captivity in the U.S. than remain free in the wild today. Hearing this stunning fact never fails to shock me. I’ve had the opportunity to […]
A coalition of environmental groups is urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to set an 11.5 mph limit on shipping speeds in an 11,500 square mile stretch of water off the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama.
Why This Matters: Whales, despite operating at the top of their food chains, face mass casualties and mortal threats from human activity.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The UK government is formally recognizing animals as sentient beings for the first time — a major win for animal welfare activists. This announcement comes along with a series of bills that ensure the health and safety of Britain’s animals, including microchipping cats, stopping the ownership of primate as […]
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