Oryx

Conservation experts worked over the last few decades to reintroduce the lost oryx species back to the environment.
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Good news is rare in the world of endangered animals, but here’s one: the once-extinct scimitar-horned oryx ( Oryx dammah ) has made a comeback in the wild in 2017.
According to a report from EnviroNews, 14 oryx from captive breeding programs were just reintroduced to the wild in a game reserve in Chad. The animals joined 21 others who were released back in August 2016. Twenty-five more individual oryx are set to be released in the coming July.
Five thousand years ago, the oryx population was up to one million. One century ago, hundreds of thousands still existed in the wild. By the time the year 2000 rolled around, the species have been declared extinct in the wild by the International Union for the Conservation… Read more

Dinosaur eggs

Fossilized dinosaur eggs were recently unearthed in south China.
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Archaeologists got their hands on five dinosaur egg fossils that managed to stand the test of time from the late Cretaceous period 70 million years ago.
According to a report from China Central Television (CCTV), the fossilized eggs were unearthed from a construction site near the city of Foshan, south China’s Guangdong Province. The five dinosaur shells were buried in red sandstone roughly seven to eight meters underground, with each fossil measuring at 13 to 14 centimeters in diameter.
«We found five eggs: three were destroyed, but they are still visible,» archaeologist Qiu Licheng said. «The other two have their imprints on the stone. The eggs were round in shape, belonging to phytophagous dinosaurs.»
Archaeologists date these eggs from phytophagous dinosaurs to be 70 million y… Read more

Humpback Whales

A total of 41 dead humpback whales washed ashore since January 1, 2016. As of April 24, 2017, 15 dead whales were spotted along the Atlantic Coast. This is higher than the 16-year average for the region from 2000 to 2015, which is 14 whales per year.
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has initiated a federal probe to investigate the unusually high number of dead humpback whales washing along the Atlantic coast, from Maine through North Carolina.
Due to these deaths, NOAA has declared an unusual mortality event (UME). The Marine Mammal Protection Act defines UME as «a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine mammal population, and demands immediate response.»
«This begins the process of an investigation … that could take months to years to complete,» NOAA Stranding Coordinator Mendy Garro… Read more

An African Safari

Elephant versus crocodile: which one wins?
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Elephants and crocodiles don’t often find themselves locked in a deadly battle, but a thrilling footage of one such battle has emerged from the Liwonde National Park in Malawi.
A group of tourists who were on a boating safari were able to capture the terrifying encounter on film, according to a report from Mashable. The clip showed a herd of elephants trudging through a shallow river when a crocodile suddenly jumped out of the water and chomped on the trunk of one of the smaller members of the herd.
The rest of the elephants backed away, but roared ferociously as the crocodile trashed around violently and refused to let go of the elephant’s trunk. Eventually, the largest elephant of the herd came forward and appeared to help its friend, stomping on the crocodile in the process.
Alexander Makanga, wh… Read more

Wasps

Imagine a nest of red-eyed wasps descending onto you.
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Wasps are already scary enough, but scientists from the University of California Riverside created a new breed of mutant wasps featuring terrifying red eyes.
According to a report from UC Riverside, the team introduced the new strain of wasps to prove that the CRISPR gene-slicing technology can be applied to the parisitic jewel wasps. With the success of this project, the scientists have a new method of studying the biology of the wasp including how males are able to turn all their progeny into males.
The way the males are able to produce only male offspring is an intriguing mystery that scientists are looking forward to cracking. Assistant professor of entomology Omar Akbari explained, “To understand that, we need to pursue their PSR (paternal sex ratio) chromosomes, perhaps by mutati… Read more

Silverback Gorilla Joins London Zoo

Female gorillas prefer mates with bigger sagittal crests, a bone that some early humans shared.
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Size matters, if this new study is anything to go by. At least it does in the animal world as scientists discovered that female gorillas preferred mating partners that had larger bony head crests. The new information could shed some light on the social practices of ancient human relatives.
According to a report from the Australian National University (ANU), researchers from the university examined the sagittal crest of four species of apes. The sagittal crest is a bone ridge on the top of their skull. It’s been long believed that its function was to provide extra space for the muscles used for chewing, but the team realized that it could also be for sexual selection.
“We found that for male gorillas and orangutans, it is not just chewing that drives crest forma… Read more

Asian Elephant

Elephants are naturally intelligent social creatures, but Mali is being held in deplorable and isolated conditions in Philippines’ Manila Zoo.
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Imagine being trapped in a tiny room all your life, completely isolated and never being able to run free, play with other children or even socialize with fellow humans. Such is the life of Mali, a lonely elephant who has been trapped in an enclosure in Manila Zoo in the Philippines since 1997.
According to Free Mali, she was captured in Sri Lanka when she was just a nursing baby. That was 40 years ago. Since then, the majestic creature has spent her days in a cramped cage within a zoo that«s only a total of 0.055 square kilometers. Mali hasn»t even seen another elephant in over 30 years.
There are a few balls, a tire, running water and some paintings of trees in Mali«s enclosure, a report from The Dodo said. But that»s i… Read more

Lion’s Gate Sanctuary

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Lion’s Gate Sanctuary in Colorado is in hot water after euthanizing all of its exotic animals — three tigers, three lions and five bears.
In a statement obtained by CBD Denver, co-owner Dr. Joan Laub said the decision came after they were denied permission to move to another site, a 45-acre empty land they owned.
Laub claimed that their present site has experienced regular flooding, prompting them to ask for relocation permission from the Elbert County Board of Commissioners. He asserted that they did not receive a fair hearing from the County and that due process was not achieved.
Laub explained that they did not get the nod of the County because the proposed new site is a populated and developed area, adding that they  had no choice but to humanely put an end to the lives of the animals, instead of risking their safety.
Elbert County Board… Read more

Birds’ Keen Sense of Smell Causes Plastic Ingestion

A Pintado Petrel (Cape Pigeon) feeds on minute sealife in Carnley Harbour on Enderby Island in the Auckland Islands group. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images)
A woman in Glasglow, Scotland has been filmed doing a Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a dead bird.
The video, which immediately went viral after it was tweeted by a user named Charlotte, baffled people, prompting them to ask — does CPR work on birds?
Noha Abou-Madi, a wildlife veterinarian with the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Center at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals told Audobon.org that birds are rescued in the same way humans would be, only with a few modifications.

Experts warn that birds are obviously smaller than humans, as such they are more fragile. Pumping the bird’s chest might cause a rib to break. CPR is also done only if there is no respiration, no clear airway and no pulse or heartbeat. If the bird has a p… Read more

Whale

A humpback whale is seen fluking outside Sydney Heads at the beginning of whale watching season in Sydney, Australia.
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Cameras attached to humpback whales in Antarctica revealed their unique feeding habits.
According to Business Insider, Australian and US scientists working off the Antarctic Peninsula in the Gerlache Strait managed to attach non-invasive camera tags with 3D motion sensors on the whales. The device were stuck on their backs for 24 to 48 hours.

Upon retrieving the device, which was attached with the help of a suction, the researchers found recordings showing the feeding behavior of the humpback whales, including the animals lunge-feeding into tight swarms of krill.  Not only did it show a footage, but it also recorded their exact movements and the depths of each of their dive.
“We have some wonderful data on different feeding st… Read more

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