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TAKE ACTION:  Washington State Announces Plan To Kill Entire Pack Of Wolves
It's not too late to stop the slaughter. A petition to save the wolves has already gathered over 10,000 signatures, and some are contacting Washington state's Wolf Advisory Group directly.

There are only an estimated 90 gray wolves in Washington state, but on August 5, state wildlife officials shot and killed two of them from a helicopter.

These wolves, both breeding females, were part of the Profanity Peak wolf pack, composed of six adults and five babies and just one of 19 gray wolf packs in Washington. Because the wolf pack had been killing cattle in the region, the state has decided to kill off the whole pack — and plans to shoot the remaining nine wolves

As ring-tailed lemur twins begin to get older they can sometimes become too much for mom to handle by herself. Zonker (yellow collar), who was a baby himself last year, can now often be found helping his mom by carrying one of her infants and entertaining them when Sobe (red collar) needs a break.

#lemur #baby #cute #animal #lcf #ringtailedlemur #endangered #conservation #family #bigbrother #twins #Zonker #Sobe

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Finally brave enough to show you some of my art- This is my Endangered Verse oc, R.I.S (Responsive Intelligence Simulation). She was a discontinued “areal unit” and long story short basically all of them were too weak and either destroyed at the beginning of the war or disassembled by their own kind. She is also smol. Seriously she’s maybe 4'9’’-4'10’’. Anyways yeah that her I hope you like it-

AAAHH YEAH I love it and I’ve been hoarding it in my inbox and hiding it from the world like the jealous, insensitive dragon that I am. R.I.S. seems to be very smol, and I imagine that people who don’t know any better might treat her like a child sometimes, and that probably drives her crazy. D: I think I once knew someone that short, and a police officer once pulled her over and carded her because she looked too young to be driving a car. ._. Life is a struggle, even more so with awesome talon hands and wings, but at least she survived!! \o/

Orphaned Western Snowy Plover Chicks Return to the Wild at Coal Oil Point Reserve in Santa Barbara, CA

by Ashley Spratt

Thanks to a new partnership with the Santa Barbara Zoo, abandoned or injured chicks have a new home-away-from-home to get back on their feet before they are released back to the wild to join their plover peers. This year, the Santa Barbara Zoo received authorization under a migratory bird rehabilitation permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to acquire and rear injured or abandoned western snowy plovers, before releasing them back into the wild…

(read more: US Fish & Wildlife Service)

photograph by Santa Barbara Zoo

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The term “aardvark” comes from the Afrikaans meaning “earth pig” or “ground pig”.  It has also been colloquially called “African ant bear” or “Cape anteater”.  In reality, however, it is related to neither pigs or anteaters or bears.  It is a completely unique mammal, the most evolutionarily distinct mammal in the world.

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The scaly ant eater, also known as the pangolin , is a mammal armored with large, keratin plates covering the top of its body. They are found in both Africa and Asia and are around 12 – 40 inches in size on average.

In the event of an attack, the pangolin will curl up into a ball to shield itself, hence its name, which derives from the Bahasa Malaysian word “pengguling” which means “roll up”.

They are also able to release an unpleasant gas, much like a skunk.

A solitary and nocturnal animal, the scaly ant eater survives on a diet of termites and ants, for which they use their long tongue to pick off their prey. Their tongues are often longer than their bodies, at around 16inches.

Unfortunately for the Pangolins, they are heavily hunted for both their armor as well as their meat.

Seen as a delicacy in some countries, they are often hunted and exported to countries in Asia, as there is a unsubstantiated belief that the keratin armor has certain medicinal properties.

This, as well as the Pangolins natural habitats being largely destroyed by deforestation, has earned them a place on the red list.

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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Rare Sumatran rhino thought extinct seen for the first time in 40 years

On Tuesday, the World Wide Fund announced on Facebook that the first sighting of a Sumatran rhino in 40 years has occurred in Indonesian Borneo. "This unprecedented discovery and unparalleled operation boosts our hope to save one of the most endangered species and an iconic symbol of the majestic Asian rainforests,“ Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International said. Action is being taken to ensure the species’ survival.

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The platypus was officlally classified as a mammal when it was discovered that it has mammary glands and it suckles its young.   However, much like the echidna, the platypus does not have nipples.  Instead, the milk flows from pores into grooves in the female’s abdomen, where the young can lap it up.

Another oddity about young platypodes is that they are born with teeth.  Aside from the egg tooth, used to help the hatchlings pierce the shell of their eggs, the baby platypus has three teeth in each of its upper jaws, a premolar and two molars.  It is unknown why these teeth are present, as they drop out before the babies leave the breeding burrow and never grow back; the adult platypus has horny plates in its mouth to grind food, and also swallows gravel to aid with digestion.