biodiversity

Humpback Whale Named Valiant Chases Away Nine Threatening Orcas

Humpback Whale Named Valiant Chases Away Nine Threatening Orcas

Orcas are fearsome predators that have taken on everything from blue whales to great white sharks.  But one humpback whale named Valiant was able to turn the table on the aptly-named killer whales in an incident observed by whale watchers off of Canada’s Vancouver Island April 12.  “There’s something happening in front of us that […]

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    Birds and Bees Make Better Coffee, Study Finds

    Birds and Bees Make Better Coffee, Study Finds

    For many people, one rich, pleasant smell signals the start of a new day more than any other: coffee. Different techniques have been used to get the best cup of the caffeine-rich liquid, from a French press to the pour-over method. A unique new study has found that the secret to better coffee is really […]

    127 Reptiles Added to Global Treaty Against Wildlife Trade

    127 Reptiles Added to Global Treaty Against Wildlife Trade

    A total of 127 reptiles will have stronger protections from smugglers as they have been added by Australia to a global treaty that protects against wildlife trade. The reptile species have been targets of illegal smuggling. Australia’s Environment Minister Sussan Ley has added the species to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of […]

    Ecuador Gives Legal Rights to Wild Animals

    Ecuador Gives Legal Rights to Wild Animals

    The highest court in Ecuador has ruled in favor of wild animals. A case for Estrellita, a woolly monkey taken from the wild and kept as a pet, is the first case to apply the country’s “rights of nature” law to animals. Ana Beatriz Burbano Proaño, a librarian, kept Estrellita as a pet for 18 […]