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Rare Sierra Nevada Red Fox Caught On Camera In Yosemite National Park 29.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the rarest mammals in North America, the Sierra Nevada red fox , was recently caught on camera twice inside Yosemite National Park. The two sightings on remote wildlife cameras, on Dec. 13, 2014 and Jan. 4 of this year, mark the first time the Vulpes vulpes necator has been seen inside the park in nearly a century, the National Park Service said in a news release. The animal, a subspecies of the red fox that's native to the Sierra Nevada mountains, is so rare that no one is certain just how many are left. They are solitary creatures, nocturnal, do not travel in groups and avoid people, making them even harder to track and study. However, it's believed the total population is less than 50. “ We are thrilled to hear about the sighting of the Sierra Nevada red fox , one of the most rare and elusive animals in the Sierra Nevada,” Yosemite National Park superintendent Don Neubacher said in a news release. “National parks like Yosemite provide habitat for all wildlife and it is encouraging to see that ...
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RIP Toystory, The Bull Who Was Daddy To 500,000 Offspring 27.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Who's the biggest daddy of them all? Ismail Ibn Sharif, who took the throne as the king of Morocco in 1672, is said to have fathered more than 1,000 children , making him one of the most sexually prolific men of all time. But Ibn Sharf pales in comparison to another famously fertile father. His name was Toystory, and he wasn't a man but a 2,700-pound, record-breaking bull that is believed to have sired more than half a million offspring before his death late last year . (Story continues below image). The average dairy bull produces about 20,000 progeny in a lifetime , U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher Paul Vanraden told the Associated Press in 2006. Vanraden told HuffPost in an email this week that the number may now be even lower, as breeders today tend to use younger bulls for breeding purposes and replace them more frequently. So how exactly did Toystory produce 500,000 offspring to become one of the most prolific bulls ever? It all boils down to a combination of today's globalized cattle ...
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WorldViews: Chinese officers caught feasting on an endangered salamander 27.1.2015 Washington Post: World
BEIJING  — China is in the throes of the harshest crackdown on corruption in decades, but officials in Shenzhen apparently didn’t get the memo.While officials across China have been fleeing the country and hiding their money and other traces of their formerly luxurious lifestyles, reporters caught several Shenzhen police officers at a lavish meal, feasting on a giant salamander.Read full article ...
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China officials dine on endangered salamander: reports 27.1.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Chinese officials feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports Tuesday on the event which appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign. The 28 diners included senior police officials from the southern city of Shenzhen, the Global Times said. The giant salamander is believed by some Chinese to have anti-ageing properties, but there is no orthodox evidence to back the claim. The species is classed as "critically endangered" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of threatened species, which says the population has "declined catastrophically over the last 30 ...
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Life on Europe 25.1.2015 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Deeply involved in the past, this insight into how the archipelago of Europe survived the terrible disaster of the K-Pg boundary is essential reading- if you are a North American dinosaur, that is!
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Petition Seeks 3 Million Acres of Critical Habitat for 9 Endangered Species Found From Maine to North Carolina, West to Illinois 24.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Chimpanzee losses and successes. 22.1.2015 Earth Times
How DO we save our nearest relative? The wild chimpanzee is far different from the tea-swilling and ultra-cute babies we are used to in various disguises. The existence of these populations in Africa echoes our own origins, but differently! To allow the fabulous gorilla, the technology-using orang-utan or these bonobos and chimpanzee from our native Africa would be like allowing sand to slip through our despairing fingers. Stop the trapping and the logging. Immediate gain will not lead to any long-term advantage. We have lost most of the earth, so these precious animals and plants are just a dwindling reminder of the antics of ourselves and our ridiculous past.
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40 Years Ago the World 'Discovered' Mexico's Monarch Habitat -- Today Its Survival Is at Stake 21.1.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
MEXICO CITY -- Forty years ago the winter habitat of the monarch butterfly in Mexico was supposedly discovered. After searching for decades, on January 9, 1975 the Canadian scientist Fred A. Urquhart, an entomologist at the University of Toronto's Scarborough College, received a phone call from an American living in Mexico City named Kenneth Brugger , married at the time to Mexican-born Cathy Aguado (known today as Catalina Trail), who told him that "We have located the colony. We have found them -- millions of monarchs -- in evergreens beside a mountain clearing." The "discovery" had taken place a week earlier in northern Michoacan, in an oyamel forest on Cerro Pelon, 10,000 feet up in the mountains of Mexico's Transvolcanic Belt , and a few days later the Bruggers happened upon other monarch roosts at El Rosario and Chincua. The Bruggers were volunteer " research associates " in Urquhart's longstanding monarch tagging program, in which tiny labels reading " Send to Zoology University Toronto Canada " ...
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Idaho lawmakers reject teen's bid to recognize salamander as state amphibian for fifth time 20.1.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections have rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian.
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Idaho salamander bill squashed over federal overreach fears 20.1.2015 Yahoo: Politics
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers worried that special recognition of the Idaho giant salamander could lead to federal protections have rejected a grade school student's request that it be named the state amphibian.
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Idaho lawmakers reject teen's bid to recognize salamander as state amphibian for the 5th time 20.1.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Wildlife center established by Oracle's Ellison to focus on California insects and reptiles 18.1.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Oracle's Ellison to underwrite California wildlife center 18.1.2015 Yahoo: US National
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — One of the world's richest men, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, is using some of his wealth to establish a wildlife breeding and rehabilitation center in Northern California that will focus on helping endangered insects, reptiles and amphibians thrive.
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Tyrone Hayes on the misfortune of frogs, crooked science and why we should shun GMOs 16.1.2015 TreeHugger
The esteemed biologist talks to TreeHugger on the occasion of a new documentary about his work, directed by Jonathan Demme.
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Activists Call For Reform After Dog Found Eating Another Dog At City-Run Shelter 16.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Idabel Mayor Tina Foshee-Thomas told the newspaper Tulsa World that there would be a "full investigation." “Something will be done,” she said. “It just hasn’t had time to happen yet.” Evan Fadem, manager of the Humane Society of Tulsa , tells The Huffington Post she's reached out to Foshee-Thomas and Chief of Police Jim Coffman -- under whose jurisdiction the shelter falls -- with an offer to help improve the facility. Fadem's plan includes taking and evaluating all the animals now in the Idabel shelter and helping set up new protocols. So far, Fadem says, they've both declined her offer, but she hopes the city eventually accepts her group's "assistance and support." She's optimistic that as the outrage and scrutiny grow, they might change their minds. "We're here and we're ready, willing and able to help them when they ask for it," she said. "It's sad and awful. But it's going to bring light. Something good will be able to come of it." As for the dog in the video, something good has already come: Thomas ...
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2 Endangered Cotton-Top Tamarin Monkeys Freeze To Death At Louisiana Zoo 14.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Two monkeys belonging to a species that is critically endangered died at a Louisiana zoo after they were left out overnight in the cold by a caretaker, officials said on Wednesday. The cotton-top Tamarins, weighing less than a pound and distinguishable by their shock of white hair, were among three that were kept outside overnight last week in temperatures that dipped into the 30s Fahrenheit at the Alexandria Zoo in central Louisiana. One of the monkeys survived, officials with the city of Alexandria, which owns the zoo, said. "This is a tragedy," zoo director Lee Ann Whitt said in a statement. The zoo keeper who was responsible for the monkeys on the night in question has resigned after being placed on administrative leave, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing, said David Gill, the city's public works director. "This appears to have happened as a result of human error and not a system problem," Gill said in a statement. The ...
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Public Opinions Shifting Towards Dolphins In Captivity, Activist Says 12.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SOUTH MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Ric O'Barry feels the tide turning in his long quest to change the public's mind about dolphins in captivity. He went from being a dolphin trainer on the beloved "Flipper" TV series in the 1960s to a notorious activist featured in the 2009 documentary "The Cove," which shows the killing of dolphins in Japan. His methods and protests against keeping dolphins on display often have been unwelcome as dolphin shows are popular and lucrative. But in the wake of "The Cove" and the documentary "Blackfish," it seems O'Barry's desire to see all dolphins swimming free may have gained mainstream traction. The National Aquarium in Baltimore announced last year that it was exploring the feasibility of an oceanside sanctuary where its eight dolphins could retire. Elected officials nationwide also have taken up the issue of marine mammals, including dolphins. In November, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a non-binding resolution stating that whales and dolphins have the right to be ...
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Bobcat Trapped In Car Grille To Return To Arizona Forest 10.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona bobcat that survived getting stuck inside an oncoming car is going back into the wild.

Arizona Game and Fish Department officials say the bobcat will be released Friday into Tonto National Forest after being rescued a week ago. A couple driving in Scottsdale on Jan. 2 hit the animal after it darted into their path.

Upon reaching their destination, the man inspected his Mazda sedan and saw the very much alive bobcat trapped in the plastic grille.

Game and Fish employees sedated the 7-pound animal and removed it.

The bobcat has spent the past week at the Southwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Scottsdale, where it was evaluated by a veterinarian.

Game and Fish officials called the bobcat's survival without any major injuries a New Year's miracle.
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Sphynx Cat Survives Being Shot In Head With Arrow (GRAPHIC PHOTO) 9.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A Sphynx cat in Riverview, Florida, is lucky to be alive after having an arrow shot through its forehead. On Tuesday night, Akila, a calico Sphynx belonging to Tyra Bulluck went missing. "I cried all night and was inconsolable. I couldn't believe she was gone. I just wonder if you're home and safe," Bulluck told WFLA.com. Akila was found in the bushes the next morning with a 7-inch arrow in her head, WTSP.com reports. “I lost my mind for a moment. I was angry and appalled that someone would do this to an animal,” Bulluck, 40, told the Tampa Tribune. “I do believe because of the angle it was intended to kill her. I can’t understand who could do that to a helpless animal.” A vet was able to stitch up the places where the arrow entered and exited Akila. Luckily, the cat didn't suffer permanent damage to the nerves, ears or eyes. However, the vet told Bulluck that if the arrow had entered Akila's body even a millimeter over, it would have pierced her skull. Investigators for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's ...
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