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It’s a Boy! Congratulations to ring-tailed lemur Sarsaparilla on the birth of her second son on April 17, 2015. This newest addition brings the family’s numbers to eight, including Molson, Sassy, Sobe, Cripsin, Keegan, and Sobe’s twins born on March 22nd. Sassy was the last of our three ring-tailed moms to give birth, all within a month of each other. Because of the timing of births, all of our infants will have playmates within their groups. Social play begins around six weeks of age and includes behaviors such as chasing, play biting, jumping, and wrestling. Even as the infants grow and start to spend more time on their own, they will return to mom to nurse and sleep until they are around five or six months old.

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Appetite for Destruction: Eating Bluefin Tuna Into Extinction  

Sushi has become a staple of nearly every American’s diet—yet most of us have no clue about the economics and environmental impact involved in getting fish from the sea to our plates. From Los Angeles to Japan, host Sasha Issenberg—journalist and author of The Sushi Economy—follows the trail of the threatened Pacific bluefin tuna to find out if our appetite for sushi just might end up devouring this diamond of the sea.

(via: Vice - Munchies)

OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN “ADOPT” A KAKAPO AND GET A SUPER CUTE KAKAPO PLUSH?
I wish I could make the text vibrate back and forth to show you how exciting this is.


Adopting them helps their recovery efforts. Kakapos are critically endangered!
ADOPT A KAKAPO AND GET A CUTIE TO HUG: http://kakaporecovery.org.nz/adopt-a-kakapo/


(this photo is not mine and belongs to the Kakapo Recovery group!)

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GOOD NEWS FOR CONSERVATION:

Myanmar roofed turtles reintroduced to the wild

Species believed extinct until rediscovery in 2001

Congratulations to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Turtle Survival Alliance in Myanmar for the recent release of 60 captive-raised Myanmar roofed turtles (Batagur trivittata) - a species believed to be extinct until 2001. We’re pleased to see the world’s second most endangered turtle on the road to recovery in its native habitat, and happy that funds from our Critically Endangered Animals Fund have helped support this effort!

Additional information on this particular project can be found at:

Wildlife Conservation Society - Roof Turtles


(via: USFWS_International Affairs)

photographs by Wildlife Conservation Society

Can you spot the snow leopard?

Click here to find out if you were right!

Inger Vandyke and her team sat for six hours watching the snow leopard that’s camouflaged in the photo above. Known as the “ghosts of the mountains,” snow leopards are super stealth, but they’re also endangered—there are only about 1,000 of these amazing animals left in the wild. Check out the source article on Earth Touch News Network to find out if you spotted the leopard correctly, and to learn more about how they camouflage themselves. 

BIG NEWS: The Louisiana black bear is no longer at risk for extinction thanks to conservation efforts over the past 20 years. President Theodore Roosevelt made the Louisiana black bear famous in 1902 when he spared one from his trophy collection and it became the inspiration for the “Teddy Bear.” Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1JAsBTS

Photo of a Louisiana black bear eating grass by Pam McIlhenny, USFWS.