Meet the Woman Who Singlehandedly Saved Two Species

Journalist Julia Whitty had an incredible story in the May/June 2012 issue of Mother Jones, and we've just rediscovered it. It tells the tale of Enriqueta Velarde, a woman who has worked tirelessly, and often alone, to save not just one, but two species of Mexico's seabirds: the Heermann's gull and the elegant tern. » 4/24/14 7:28pm Today 7:28pm

Lions and Cheetahs Are Dancers in Africa's "Carnivorous Ballet"

The lion, as they say, is king of the jungle. More accurately, it might be called the king of the savannah. It was once thought that lions posed a serious risk to other, smaller carnivores, like cheetahs and African wild dogs, but new research suggests that things aren't quite so clear-cut. » 4/24/14 4:29pm Today 4:29pm

Japan Unveils Its Plan To Save The Whales, By Killing Them

Last month, the International Court demanded an end to Japan's research whaling program, and Japan said it planned to abide by the ruling. But now, the Japanese government has explained just what that means... including plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic by 2015. » 4/18/14 12:23pm 4/18/14 12:23pm

Saving California Condors, One Puppet At A Time

I've been obsessed with California condors for some time, possibly because my own local zoo in Los Angeles has been at the forefront of the California Condor Recovery Program. It's one of the coolest examples of science-based conservation in zoos, since baby chicks are often hand-reared by keepers wearing condor… » 4/18/14 2:44pm 4/18/14 2:44pm

Sharknado 2 Will Sponsor Shark Conservation Research And You Can Help

The studio that brought you such beloved classics as MegaShark vs. Giant Octopus, MegaShark vs. Crocosaurus, and SharkNado, is now working on an epic sequel of Great White proportions, SharkNado II: The Second One. And if you contribute to their crowdfunded "bonus scene," you can help shark conservation science. » 4/09/14 9:42pm 4/09/14 9:42pm

Why You Should Care That Sea Cucumbers Are Going Extinct

Sea cucumbers are in trouble. Everyone knows about the problems that elephants and rhinos face due to poaching, that dolphins face due to drive hunts, and that sharks face when overzealous governments try to convince their constituents that they're helping them avoid shark attacks. Sea cucumbers may not be as… » 3/15/14 10:34am 3/15/14 10:34am

Three Adorable, Endangered Tiger Cubs Born at the London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo is now home to three cubs belonging to one of the world's rarest big cat species. There are only some 300 Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) still living in the wild. They're classified by the IUCN Red List as "Critically Endangered," because they suffer from habitat loss, territory fragmentation, » 3/13/14 8:47pm 3/13/14 8:47pm

Most animals can see the flashing and glowing of power lines

In what's turning out to be a rather shocking revelation, researchers have learned that the majority of animals can see pulses of UV light produced by power lines. Because these flashes are often frightening, they may be having a detrimental affect on wildlife around the globe. » 3/13/14 2:20pm 3/13/14 2:20pm

Help find the dirtbag who shot and killed three sea otters

Last September, members of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Sea Otter Research and Conservation team recovered three otters that had been shot and killed near Asilomar Beach, in Pacific Grove, CA. Their killer remains at large. Now, state and federal authorities need your help finding the perpetrator. » 2/15/14 1:30pm 2/15/14 1:30pm

A tiger in India has killed 10 people in six weeks

A female tiger has strayed from the confines of India's Corbett Tiger Reserve — and she's developed a taste for human meat. The big cat, who's prowling an area spanning 80 miles, has started attacking humans because she's not able to find enough natural prey. » 2/11/14 7:20am 2/11/14 7:20am

An unbelievably gruesome epidemic is ravaging starfish populations

A mysterious illness has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of starfish on North America's west coast, and its symptoms are horrifying. Dubbed "sea star wasting syndrome," the arms of an infected individual will twist into knots, develop lesions, and finally crawl away in opposite directions until they tear away from … » 2/01/14 12:30pm 2/01/14 12:30pm