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21

Oct

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.

18

Oct

14 bizarre animals that could totally pass as Pokémon
The popular video game and anime is known for taking inspiration from animals in real life, but with these quirky creatures, you have to wonder if it was the other way around.

17

Oct

Bear cub rescued from California dumpsterWildlife officials first had to scare off the cub’s mother to perform a safe rescue, but don’t worry — there’s a happy ending.

Bear cub rescued from California dumpster
Wildlife officials first had to scare off the cub’s mother to perform a safe rescue, but don’t worry — there’s a happy ending.

13

Oct

14 wolf cub photos to celebrate Wolf Awareness Week
Wolves have long been considered icons of fear and danger, but it’s difficult to hold on to that assumption when you realize that humans almost drove the wolves of North America to extinction at the turn of the 19th century.

See all the photos.

01

Oct

11 startling stats about Earth’s disappearing wildlife
Our planet has lost half its creatures since 1970, a new report finds, but there’s still time to save the rest.

25

Sep

Cat-like critter fine-tunes the art of hitchhiking
Motion-activated wildlife camera traps are vital, non-invasive tools that allow conservationists to monitor the movements of animals that are rare, nocturnal or especially shy.
 
They’re also unsurpassed at capturing some candid moments, as conservationists at Wildlife ACT learned earlier this month.
 
One of the organization’s cameras set up in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa — one of the oldest game reserves on the continent — caught some unusual scenes involving a large-spotted genet, a cat-like animal, taking a joyride on the backs of some buffalo and rhinos.

22

Sep

Take a bite out of poaching and learn about rhinos
Sept. 22 marks World Rhino Day, a day first organized in 2010 to celebrate all five extant species of rhinoceros: Black, white, Sumatran, Indian and Javan.

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radivs:

'Under Mother Protection' by Sergei Gladyshev

18

Sep

laurajmoss:

I recently visited the border of South and North Korea and wrote about something positive that’s come out of the separation.

Wildlife thrives in ‘the most dangerous place on Earth’

Former President Bill Clinton called the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the 155-mile border between South and North Korea, “the most dangerous place on Earth.”

Created in 1953 during armistice negotiations, it’s the world’s most fortified military border, lined with soldiers, concertina wire and countless landmines. 

During a recent visit to the Joint Security Area — the only portion of the DMZ where South and North Korean soldiers stand face-to-face — I signed a declaration acknowledging that my visit would “entail entrance into a hostile area and the possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action.”

As a North Korean soldier snapped photos of my tour group, we were instructed not to point or gesture, and an American soldier informed us that North Korea could level the South Korean capital of Seoul in minutes.

Despite the truce, the two countries remain at war. 

But while the DMZ is one of the most dangerous places for humans, it’s one of the safest places for wildlife. READ MORE.

04

Sep

tulipnight:

Looking Foxy by law_keven on Flickr.