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    Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

    Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

    There were once so many giant tortoises living on Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands that Spanish explorers named the archipelago after the Spanish world for tortoise — galápago — when they first explored it in 1535, according to National Geographic. Yet hunting caused their numbers to plummet from at least 250,000 hundreds of years ago to only […]

    Dugongs (Related to Manatees) Declared Functionally Extinct in China

    Dugongs (Related to Manatees) Declared Functionally Extinct in China

    The human imagination once transformed dugongs into mermaids. But now, human activity is pushing the gentle marine mammals into the realm of the imagination in a more sinister way.  A new study published in Royal Society Open Science Wednesday found that the dugong (dugong dugon) is “functionally extinct” in Chinese waters.  “The likely disappearance of […]

    These Unique Reef Sharks Can Walk on Dry Land

    These Unique Reef Sharks Can Walk on Dry Land

    The epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) is a small species of reef shark with a set of unique abilities. It can use its fins to walk both in and out of the water, and it can go without oxygen for up to two hours.  These traits have helped the species succeed in rapidly-changing coral reef environments, […]

    Which Mammals Can Best Survive Climate Change?

    Which Mammals Can Best Survive Climate Change?

    With the world experiencing more extreme weather due to climate change, landscapes are being altered and ecosystems are having to respond quickly. So which species are going to struggle and which are going to fare relatively well as extended droughts, heavy rains and floods reshape the world’s terrain? In a new study, biologists Christie Le […]

    The Indigenous Food Cafés Transforming Local Cuisine

    The Indigenous Food Cafés Transforming Local Cuisine

    By Anne Pinto-Rodrigues On a warm afternoon in March, Plantina Mujai busily cooks up a meal in the kitchen of her café in Khweng village, in the Indian state of Meghalaya. She’s dressed in a crisp white and green jain kyrshah, the traditional checkered cloth worn by women of the Khasi community, the largest ethnic group […]

    Emerald Green Hummingbird Deemed ‘Lost to Science’ Reemerges in Colombia

    Emerald Green Hummingbird Deemed ‘Lost to Science’ Reemerges in Colombia

    By Liz Kimbrough In the mountains of Colombia, an experienced bird-watcher saw an iridescent flash of blue and green. “A hummingbird caught my attention. I got out my binoculars and was shocked to see that it was a Santa Marta sabrewing,” Yurgen Vega said. “This sighting was a complete surprise, but a very welcome one.” […]