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How Eating Frog Legs Is Causing Frog Extinctions

a bowl of skinned frog legs

Frog legs are still an amazingly popular food item around the world, including here in the U.S. According to a new report, an average of 2,280 metric tons of frog legs are imported into this country each year—that’s the equivalent of somewhere between 450 million and 1.1 billion frogs. Another 2,216 metric tons of live [...]

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Enormous, Endangered, Epileptic Loggerhead Turtle Gets MRI Brain Scan

loggerhead turtle

How do you find out why a 1.5-meter-long endangered sea turtle is having epileptic fits? The first step is to find an MRI machine big enough to accommodate her not-so-ladylike girth. On June 25, “Snorkel,” a 68-kilogram loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), traveled more than 500 kilometers from her home at National Marine Aquarium (NMA) [...]

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Lack of food drives human-grizzly conflicts—and human-grizzly fatalities

As their traditional food supply disappears because of climate change and invasive species, Yellowstone National Park’s grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis ) are increasingly seeking sustenance outside their protected home—a move which more than ever puts them in the crosshairs. An estimated 75 Yellowstone grizzlies where killed or "removed from the wild," as the U.S. [...]

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Puppeteer helping to save real-life “Big Bird” from extinction

Wattled cranes (Bugeranus carunculatus) are truly big birds—mature adults stand up to 1.8 meters in height—so it’s only fitting that puppets and a full-size bird costume are being used to help save this critically endangered species from extinction in South Africa. The destruction of wetland habitats has caused wattled crane populations to shrink throughout Africa, [...]

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Hope for critically endangered Indian vulture as chick is born in captivity

India’s three vulture species have all but disappeared from the country’s skies. Over the last 20 years, virtually all of India’s vultures have died, the victims of unintentional poisoning. Vultures feed on dead cattle and other livestock that had been treated with an anti-inflammatory drug called diclofenac, which sends vultures into renal failure. Unfortunately, the [...]

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Happy Endangered Species Day!

Well folks, today is the fourth annual Endangered Species Day, an event created by act of the U.S. Senate to encourage education about and action to protect the more than 1,300 endangered species in our country. Sen. Dianne Feinstein kicked off the drive to call the third Friday in May "Endangered Species Day" back in [...]

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Wolves dropped from U.S. endangered species list–again

gray wolf

This week, gray wolves in the northern Rockies lost their protected status under the Endangered Species Act for the second time in the space of a year. And what a long, strange year it’s been. There are many factors affecting the decision, of course: farmers want to protect their livestock, hunters want to be able [...]

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Drop in endangered moapa dace populations subject of potential lawsuit

Moapa dace (Moapa coriacea) live in just a few warm springs in Nevada. For more than 40 years, this tiny fish have been protected under the Endangered Species Act. But despite efforts by the staff at the 106-acre Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, moapa dace populations have been on a roller coaster for the past [...]

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