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‘Lost’ Snake Rediscovered on Mexico Island

A species of snake not seen for almost 80 years was found on a remote island off of the Pacific coast of Mexico. Hypsiglena unaocularis, commonly known as the Clarión nightsnake, was first described by American naturalist William Beebe during his voyage to Clarión Island in 1936. Beebe encountered a single specimen, and the snake was not seen again in …

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California Gray Wolf: Decision Delayed on Protecting Rare Breed

The gray wolf endangered species was considered by The California Fish and Game Commission Wednesday in an effort to protect the rare breed. After failing to come up with a unanimous agreement, the commission of five members decided to delay the decision. A gray wolf-known as OR-7-that crossed into Northern California from Oregon is the only known breed of his …

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Sumatran Rhino ‘Suci’ Dies at Zoo

A rare female Sumatran rhinoceros called Suci died at the Cincinnati Zoo Sunday, putting a big damper on the breeding program that had been implemented to help save the critically endangered species. Suci was one of ten Sumatran rhinos in captivity worldwide, and the only female in Cincinnati. The rhino had been showing symptoms indicative of the same disease that …

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Sumatran Tigers: Nearly Extinct Tiger Gives Birth

The Associated Press reports that London Zoo has proudly announced that Melati, one of the few 300 Sumatran tigers left in the world, has recently given birth to three cubs earlier this week. Besides this being great news for the fast declining species, this is also happy news considering Melati’s loss in October last year when her two-week-old cub drowned …

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Bluefin Tuna – What Is The True Cost?

Bluefin are the largest tuna species usually living up to 40 years with an average weight of 500 lbs., but have been recorded at up to 2,000 lbs. There are three species of Bluefin: Atlantic (the largest and most endangered), Pacific, and Southern. The Atlantic Bluefin tuna has been facing severe extinction due to overfishing, and well, gluttony. The other …

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South African Abalone Poaching Kingpin Sentenced

A South African court sentenced a regional abalone poaching kingpin to two years in prison on Friday, after he pleaded guilty to smuggling 3,243 of the gastropod mollusks, which are a pricey delicacy in parts of Asia. Peter Jansen of Cape Town appeared alongside 20 other defendants, who faced a collective 530 charges, including racketeering, corruption and illegal possession of …

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Mammoth With Blood Intact Found In Siberia

A woolly mammoth was recently found preserved in Siberia with its blood intact. The find renews hopes that scientists may be able to bring the long-extinct species back with cloning. North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk reports that members of a paleontological expedition found a preserved female Woolly Mammoth on the Lyakhovsky Islands off the Novosibirsk archipelago. What made this particular …

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Dinosaurs Were Never Able To Catch A Break

I think we can all agree that Dinosaurs never got a fair shake. We would be riding on giant lizards and keeping T-Rexes as pets if it wasn’t for a giant meteorite. As it turns out, the dinosaurs were far more unlucky than we ever gave them credit for. Recent research coming out of the University of Washington found evidence …

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Lonesome George Dies: Pinta Island’s Last Giant Tortoise Passes Away

Lonesome George, the world’s last Pinta Island giant tortoise, has passed away. According to AFP, George’s caretaker, Fausto Llerena, found the creature’s body stretched out near its watering hole. As of this writing, the cause of death is unknown; scientists intend to keep his body in cold storage until his remains can be properly studied. The Galapagos National Park in …

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