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16

Jul

Can humanizing animals help us save them?By attributing human characteristics to animals — what’s known as anthropomorphism — we’re more likely to empathize with them, which can have both negative and positive effects on the species.

Can humanizing animals help us save them?
By attributing human characteristics to animals — what’s known as anthropomorphism — we’re more likely to empathize with them, which can have both negative and positive effects on the species.

11

Jul

Why we get so excited about giant pandasWhat is it about these 250-pound creatures that makes us go so weak in the knees?

Why we get so excited about giant pandas
What is it about these 250-pound creatures that makes us go so weak in the knees?

20

Jun

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Pangolin and baby
Picture: AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati (via Pictures of the day: 19 June 2014 - Telegraph)

Learn more about pangolins and their plight.

allcreatures:

Pangolin and baby

Picture: AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati (via Pictures of the day: 19 June 2014 - Telegraph)

Learn more about pangolins and their plight.

16

Jun

One of Africa’s last ‘great tuskers’ killed by poachersKnown for his massive tusks that scraped the ground, Satao the elephant has become the latest victim of the illicit ivory trade.

One of Africa’s last ‘great tuskers’ killed by poachers
Known for his massive tusks that scraped the ground, Satao the elephant has become the latest victim of the illicit ivory trade.

20

May

The strange story of the world’s most expensive cheeseSerbia’s pule cheese comes from an unlikely source: The milk of the endangered Balkan donkey.

The strange story of the world’s most expensive cheese
Serbia’s pule cheese comes from an unlikely source: The milk of the endangered Balkan donkey.

17

May

Which U.S. states have the most endangered species?In honor of Endangered Species Day on May 16, here’s a look at some of America’s most endangered wildlife, where they live and how many are left.

Which U.S. states have the most endangered species?
In honor of Endangered Species Day on May 16, here’s a look at some of America’s most endangered wildlife, where they live and how many are left.

30

Apr

Meet the pangolin: This adorable, endangered creature needs a PR makeoverAll 8 species of pangolin are in decline due to illegal trade, but conservationists hope to save them by softening the scaly animal’s image.

Meet the pangolin: This adorable, endangered creature needs a PR makeover
All 8 species of pangolin are in decline due to illegal trade, but conservationists hope to save them by softening the scaly animal’s image.

03

Apr

Will this be a banner year for manatees?After a record number of deaths last year, wildlife officials counted 4,831 of the aquatic mammals in Florida’s waters, the third highest number since the statewide aerial survey began in 1991.

Will this be a banner year for manatees?
After a record number of deaths last year, wildlife officials counted 4,831 of the aquatic mammals in Florida’s waters, the third highest number since the statewide aerial survey began in 1991.

28

Mar

Endangered nene geese return to Oahu, hatch 3 chicksNene are Hawaii’s state bird, but they haven’t been reported on the populous island of Oahu in centuries. That finally changed this week when officials revealed two nene are raising a family there.

Endangered nene geese return to Oahu, hatch 3 chicks
Nene are Hawaii’s state bird, but they haven’t been reported on the populous island of Oahu in centuries. That finally changed this week when officials revealed two nene are raising a family there.

21

Mar

Endangered bird hatches from egg held together with glue, tape
From repairing crushed eggs to developing alluring perfumes that encourage breeding, conservationists are determined to save New Zealand’s rare kakapo.

Why go to this much trouble? You won’t believe how hard these birds are to save.