Rare Chinese Turtles Hatch at NYC Zoo

Five rare Chinese big-headed turtles, scientifically known as Platysternon megacephalum, were born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo in November. The 7-inch-long turtle gets its name because its skull is so large that its head is unable to…

Blobfish Named World’s Ugliest Animal

In a stunning (read, not stunning at all – in any way, shape, or form) announcement, the animal pictured above has recently been crowned the world’s ugliest animal. A recent contest held by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, in partnership…

Etsy Bans Items Made From These Animals

Etsy updated its Prohibited Items policy this week to ban the listing of items made from certain animals, such as those designated as threatened or endangered. This includes (but is not limited to) fur, pelts, ivory, teeth, bones and taxidermied…

Captive Chimps May Soon Get Endangered Species Protections

If a recent proposal is finalized, captive chimpanzees will be given an extra layer of protection – the same afforded to their wild counterparts. As of right now, only wild chimpanzees are considered an “endangered” species. Captive chimps, on the…

Rare Tiger Born at San Francisco Zoo

The San Francisco Zoo this week announced that a rare sumatran tiger cub was born on Sunday, February 10. The cub hasn’t been named yet and even its gender won’t be known for some time. It is currently spending time…