This Could Be the Worst Year for Rhino Poaching

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As many as 12 poaching groups are lurking in South Africa’s 7,500-square-mile Kruger National Park at any given time, Edna Molewa, the country’s environmental affairs minister, said on Sunday.  That’s led to an increase in rhinoceroses killed by poachers within park boundaries, where nearly half of South Africa’s population of white rhinos resides.As many as 12 poaching groups are lurking in South Africa’s 7,500-square-mile Kruger National Park at any given time, Edna Molewa, the country’s environmental affairs minister, said on Sunday.

Florida Law Would Allow Saving Animals From Hot Cars

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People would be able to smash the windows of hot cars and remove unattended dogs or cats after getting law enforcement approval, under a bill proposed Monday.  Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, filed a proposal (SB 200) that would allow individuals — first responders, animal-control officers and people instructed by such agencies — to gain access to vehicles and remove unattended animals when the animals’ health is endangered and the owners “after a reasonable effort” can’t be found.

Weird Service Animals Show Up In Odd Places

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A woman and a kangaroo wearing a diaper walk into a McDonald’s, and the woman says: He’s my service kangaroo.  No, it’s not the setup for a joke. But it may be a sign of the times.  In a culture that has increasingly embraced animals as an extension of family, the kangaroo incident earlier this year seems to be part of a growing problem. With pigs flying — literally — aboard passenger flights, monkeys cruising the grocery aisles and large snakes hanging out in restaurants, the issue of what’s legitimately a service animal for someone with a disability can get murky.

World’s Most Endangered Cat May Be on the Rebound

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An extremely rare spotted cat could be stepping back from the brink of extinction.The Amur leopard appears to have doubled its wild population in the past several years from fewer than 40 adults in 2007 to 80 or more in 2014 and repopulated some of its historic range in China, according to a joint announcement by Russian and Chinese scientists.  Land of the Leopard National Park, a federal nature reserve that sits on Russia’s far southeastern border with China, released the finding online last week.

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

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.

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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