A Picture Is Worth An Endangered Animals Life

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From the blue whale to the orangutan, there are a number of endangered animal species around the world And a nine year old girl from Tea wants to bring awareness to these animals and help save them. The saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  “I really like doing the eyes on them and I like doing the background with sponges.”  But what if it went, “a picture is worth an endangered animals life”?  “I really love animals and I really wanted to help them,” said Bria while working on a painting of the spectacled bear.  Nine year old Bria Neff has been painting and selling picture

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We’re Killing Off All The Animals

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Take note, parents: The next time you take your kids to the zoo, if you really want to give them the full experience, be sure to tell them that behind all those cages full of super happy animals, zoos have vials upon vials of animal sperm.  That’s right — vials of frozen elephant sperm might not be as exciting as Dumbo himself, but they’re just as important to wildlife conservation. As Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, discussed in her interview with Grist last year, scientists are hoping to use all that frozen goo to keep endangered species alive through artificial insemination.

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Save Black Rhinos From Poachers By Moving Them

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The black rhinoceros went extinct in Chad in 1990 owing to high levels of poaching. But one park in the Central African nation will likely get a welcome boost of biodiversity in the near future.  Conservation organization African Parks plans to introduce between five and 10 black rhinos to Zakouma National Park in Chad next year, The Guardian reports.

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Four-Legged Heroes on the Front Line

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They seem to come up all the time.  This one was awarded to Private Thomas Byrne who fought in the last major British cavalry charge by the 21st Lancers at the battle of Omdurman in 1898.  But it is worth noting that three times as many horses were slaughtered as Lancers and yet none got a medal or a mention.  Unthanked and unacknowledged, horses have been horribly expendable down the ages.

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‘Superpredator’ Humans Hunting Other Animals Out of Existence

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A new study drives home the destructive power of our species. Not only do we kill other animals at much higher rates than other predators, but our ability to bring down larger adults can make it very difficult for some prey populations to recover. This superpredator status may fill our bellies, but it has darker implications. “Any predator capable of exerting such impact will eventually drive its prey to extinction,” warns Gerardo Ceballos, an ecologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.

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Activists: Question Would Protect Farm Animals From Cruelty

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Animal advocates are planning to converge on the Statehouse to launch a ballot question campaign they say will help protect farm animals from cruelty.  The coalition, Citizens for Farm Animal Protection, includes veterinarians, animal welfare groups, farmers, and others hoping to eliminate what they describe as the extreme confinement of farm animals in small crates and cages.

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Meet the Woman Who Reads to Shelter Dogs

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After losing her beloved dog to pneumonia last year, Sandy Barbabella decided to help dogs at her local animal shelter armed only with her soothing voice and a stack of children’s books.  “I go to the Humane Society to read to the dogs and pet them and talk to them,” Barbabella told TODAY.com. “They do more for me than I do for them. So many of them are so scared and afraid that just the voice relaxes them. A lot of them lay against the door of the cage, and they sleep against the cage.”

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