Other Animals

Critically endangered tigers, considered to be ‘functionally extinct’ in China, are now offered by several South African hunting businesses. Since tigers are primarily defined as an exotic species in South Africa, the captive breeding, trading and hunting of this CITES Appendix I species is unregulated, with an estimated 60 mostly unlicensed tiger breeders, including several
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Circus trainers abuse animals until they’re so terrified that they’ll perform ridiculous, demeaning, and often painful tricks. It was during a training session that four tigers snapped, killing circus trainer Ettore Weber during a rehearsal yesterday evening in Italy, just one hour before a Circo Orfei show was scheduled to start. Ettore Weber’s tigers turned
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Western Meadowlark. Photo: James Halsch/Audubon Photography Awards This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide.  Transcript: This is BirdNote! Birds are an inspiration for many musicians.  Bandleader Raymond Scott probably saw these birds at the Central Park Zoo
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Blue-throated Mountain-gem. Photo: Rick & Nora Bowers/Alamy Sometimes we lose numbers on our life lists when the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature (informally known as the Checklist Committee) delivers its annual bird-name update. Sometimes we gain new ones. And sometimes a familiar species winds up with a new name or is classified
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According to a report this week by Quartz, two Chinese nationals were arrested last month in the state of California with $3.7-million-worth of totoaba swim bladders that they had smuggled from Mexico. Quartz’s Justin Rohrlich writes that a sheriff’s deputy in Orange County, California initially pulled the two men, Yikang Liang and Haoyu Huang, over
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Last month, students from University of Mississippi in Oxford, and Rust College in Holly Springs, met up at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center to connect on more than just birds. These young conservation leaders are working together to make sure that conservation—and Audubon—is for everyone. The gathering was organized by Audubon’s campus chapter program, an
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This year was supposed to be a celebratory one for Kākāpō researchers. In February, the Kākāpō Recovery team announced that the critically endangered parrot was set to have its biggest breeding year since 1995. Back then, only 51 of the flightless birds remained alive, spurring New Zealand’s Department of Conservation to launch the species recovery program. 
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Sandwich Tern. Photo: Photo: Danny Sauvageau/Audubon Photography Awards. BATON ROUGE, La. — The Mississippi River Delta is one of the largest and most important estuary systems in the world, supporting critical populations of a variety of bird species. A new study, published in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology, titled “The Regional, National, and International Importance of Louisiana’s Coastal
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Indian Peafowl. Photo: Jodi Vest/Audubon Photography Awards This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide.  Transcript: This is BirdNote. A peacock’s tail is magnificent. Four or sometimes even five feet in length, when opened it’s an iridescent wonder, shimmering
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Areas cleared of forests bleed heat to neighboring forests, and this fuels increases in temperatures there, new research has found. Average temperatures in forests around the world are already rising because of climate change; this leaked heat exacerbates the problem and accelerates local extinctions of forest-dwelling species. A Parson’s chameleon (Calumma parsonii), a species endemic
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