The New Zealand government has banned tourists from swimming with bottlenose dolphins in an attempt to save the struggling species. According to the department of conservation [DoC] research has shown that humans were “loving the dolphins too much” and human interaction was “having a significant impact on the population’s resting and feeding behaviour”. Tour operators
(Picture Credit: Johner Images/Getty Images) How do you get your dog to do something without saying a word? Scientists at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel may have the answer in the form of a vibrating haptic vest. The vest acts as a middle ground between owner and pet. Vibrations from the dog
Red-necked Phalarope. Photo: Aaron Budgor/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) 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. Red-necked Phalaropes are sandpipers that make their living from the sea. They breed on the arctic tundra but
A rescued cat who had adopted two orphaned kittens, took in another one when she heard his cries. Lisa Krakosky Winnie the cat was brought to a county shelter in Orlando, Florida and gave birth to a singleton (named Kevin) while she was there. Pet Alliance Greater Orlando took in the mother and son duo
There are certain habits of our pets that we love and traits that we dislike. Quietly sitting on a chair, thinking some stuff or doing something, you suddenly get this lick on your face from your dog that can either be annoying or adorable to you. Have you ever thought why your dog licks your
The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have swooped in to prevent hundreds of birds from being used in pesticide tests. A peer-reviewed paper co-authored by the two organizations reviewed 20 years of data from a test for pesticides in which birds are fed pesticide-laced food for days and
A cat who had lived a rough and tumble life, purred up a storm when someone came back for him at the shelter. @mrwillisthecat A 6-year-old orange tabby was brought into Animal Humane Society in Minnesota after living most of his life on the streets. He was rough around the edges, covered in battle scars
The men reeled in the shark on the coast at Pilbara, Australia, and posted photos on the Sharky-Pilbara Land Base Shark Fishing page, which has 100,000 followers. One of the men wrote in a caption: “Just a 5m tiger used a tape measure to get a size of the shark, she was bigger then the
An employee of a Home Depot heard meowing outside and found a tiny calico kitten in need of help. Casaundra Maimone About three weeks old, Casaundra Maimone, a foster volunteer of Juliet’s House Animal Rescue (in Greensboro, North Carolina), received a call about a kitten found outside a Home Depot. A store employee heard her
The other day, Margaret Neville was strolling through the garden on her farm in South Africa when something remarkable caught her eye. There, on a branch in her lavender bush, was an insect unlike any she’d seen before: “I was amazed at first sight,” Neville told The Dodo. And it’s easy to see why. Margaret
Sanford was once described as a “broken dog” — but these days, he can’t stop smiling. Karen Velazquez, Sanford’s foster mom, says he’s the happiest dog she’s ever met. “I am presently on my 52nd foster, and I can genuinely say that I’ve never had anyone as jovial as him,” Velazquez told The Dodo. “He
Several weeks ago, a huge bushfire tore its way along the Sunshine Coast in Australia. People had to evacuate, homes were destroyed — and the wildlife who call that area home were left struggling. “The fire occurred in the bushland near Peregian Beach and Peregian Breeze,” Stuart McKenzie, of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, told
Widely sought for its scales and flesh, which are channeled into the illegal trade to buyers in Asia, pangolins are said to be the world’s most trafficked animal. They face an uncertain future despite acomplete ban on trade in any of the eight pangolin species, agreed to in 2017 under the Convention on International Trade
An open letter published this past week in Science urges Congress to fund conservation laws at the level needed to recover endangered species, a standard the U.S. government currently fails to meet. The letter, written by researchers at the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife and co-signed by 1,648 scientists and counting, stresses that the ongoing biodiversity crisis, in
These two kittens who were rescued from an uncertain fate, share an incredible bond. Barb @kitten_faces Wally and Eve were found on the side of the road when a Good Samaritan heard meowing from a garbage bag. She discovered three kittens huddled inside. The kind-hearted lady took them to the Whitley County Humane Society for
This pup named Sugarfoot never it coming. Last week, she was at a park in Pennsylvania with her best pal Natalaya Hines when someone unexpected briefly dropped in to join them. Natalaya Hines While Hines sat, enjoying the sight of her happy dog running around in the grass, a pretty alarming thing happened. Seemingly out
Land exploitation harms the planet and drives many animals to near extinction. The most popular example would be what deforestation for palm oil production has done to orangutan populations. When humans destroy a species’ natural habitat, the animals are left with very limited amounts of land to live on and limited places to find food.
Baltimore Oriole. Photo: Shari McCollough/Audubon Photography Awards NEW YORK — “The Market Choice Act represents important progress for a world in crisis that needs immediate relief,” said David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society. “We cannot afford to wait for an ideal solution when a warming climate is actively threatening all living things.
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Why do cats purr? It seems like a simple question with a simple answer. Cats purr because they’re happy, right? While this is true, cats also purr for reasons aside from showing how content they are. In fact, it may be difficult to decipher exactly why your cat is purring. However,
A woman spotted a stray kitten trapped in plastic. She immediately rushed to her rescue. Whitney Malin Earlier this month, Whitney Malin, an animal rescuer based in South Orange, New Jersey, found a kitten entangled in plastic packaging, in need of help. The little stray was very shy and would not let anyone near her.
Four years ago, Jack went missing from his yard in Ontario, Canada. His dad looked everywhere for him, but the 4-year-old dog was nowhere to be found, and his dad was absolutely devastated that he had lost his best friend. “I did posts on social media, put up flyers, talked to people around the community
PORTLAND, Ore.— In response to a petition from conservation groups, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-3 late Friday to protect Humboldt martens from trapping. Fewer than 200 of the martens survive in the state’s coastal forests. The new trapping guidelines ban all marten trapping west of the Interstate 5 corridor. The rules also
Brown Pelican. Photo: Teri Franzen/Audubon Photography Awards SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The National Audubon Society today praised an announcement today by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra that California is leading 16 other states, the District of Columbia, and the City of New York in filing a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s rollback of the federal Endangered Species Act.
(Picture Credit: evergreentree/Getty Images) You may have heard of the term “splooting” floating around the internet in reference to our animal pals. But what does it mean? And do cats sploot? Our pets are so adorable that the online pet community has birthed its own ridiculous but hilarious slang to describe our furry friends and
Boreal forest in Ontario, Canada. Photo: Karen Burgess/Alamy This post was originally published at www.borealconservation.org. Is it possible to find good news when you hear of the loss of three billion birds? A study recently published in Science found there are three billion fewer North American birds than there were in the 1970s. This drastic loss was
Common Murre. Photo: Mick Thompson/Eastside Audubon As the Climate Action Summit continues this week, the UN has released a new report detailing the effects of climate change on the Earth’s best asset: the ocean. The first of its kind, this report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change illustrates the need to take dramatic action
MONACO (Sept. 25, 2019) —The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report today outlining how climate change is negatively impacting the ocean at an accelerating rate. Without climate action, impacts will only get more severe. “Right now, seabirds are imperiled – their populations have declined by 70 percent since 1950,” said Karen
A tiny orphaned kitten who was found all alone, now has three adoring canine friends. Beth Walden @mr_tiny_pants On September 1st, Beth Walden from Florida saw an urgent plea about a days-old kitten on Facebook. The little one was found abandoned outside and needed someone to rescue him. Beth responded right away and offered to
For as long as he can remember, Chase Grossman has always adored dogs. He works for a local park system with tons of trails, so he sees a lot of dogs pass through every day. He always wants to pet them and say hello, but sometimes gets anxious and isn’t quite sure how to ask
We all know that cats can have issues with other cats. In fact, cats being territorial can create all sorts of unrest in a multi-cat household. Have you ever given thought as to why cats are this way? We know that cats are carnivores and by nature, and being a hunter means that food is