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Viper Collectors Nearly Wiped Out This Rare Turkish Snake; Saint Louis Zoo Helps to Save It

ocellate viper

Nine young, highly venomous snakes are safely slithering in the viper room of the Saint Louis Zoo today, thanks to a breeding program that may help to save the species from extinction after overzealous collectors nearly eradicated it from its natural range. The critically endangered ocellate mountain viper (Vipera wagneri) has a long and problem-plagued [...]

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Extinction Countdown

70 percent of Turkey’s birds are headed toward extinction

Eastern Imperial Eagle

Turkey’s wetlands and lakes are drying up, and with them the nation’s bird species are also disappearing. Total bird counts have dropped 50 percent in the past 20 years, and now up to 70 percent of the bird species regularly observed in Turkey are threatened with extinction, according to lhami Kiziro lu, a professor of [...]

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Turkey talk: The social cognition of your Thanksgiving dinner

It is well-known that when the bald eagle was picked for the emblem of America after six years of debate, Ben Franklin expressed his dismay that the turkey was not picked instead. In a letter to his daughter, he wrote, For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal [...]

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