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Halloween Scares: A Graveyard for Extinct Species

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The veil between this world and the next feels much thinner at this time of year, with Halloween focusing attention on death: the friends, leaders, and loved ones we have lost and, perhaps, the species humans have driven into extinction. While we mourn and celebrate the dead, perhaps we can learn something from these former [...]

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Hellbender Head Start: Raising Giant Salamanders in the Bronx

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Four years ago 41 hellbender salamander larvae from western New York State arrived at their temporary home in New York City. Originally collected as eggs near the Allegheny River, the hellbenders—also known as snot otters or devil dogs—were hatched at the Buffalo Zoo and then transferred to the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo, where they [...]

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