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Those puppy-dog eyes trigger chemical connection with humans

The long, loving gazes. The ritualized, often high-pitched, expressions of affection. The heroic self-sacrifice one would readily endure for the other.<p>What is it about the bond between human and dog that is not like the relationship between parent and child?<p>Now science offers a new explanation for …

Pets

Unlocking the genes of mountain gorillas could help fight extinction

'It's only a small part of conservation, but it's still a useful part.'<p>Mountain gorillas are among the world’s most endangered animals. But while they’ve captured both the public eye and the attention of primatologists, Dr. Chris Tyler-Smith of the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute says we’re just now …

Service Proposes Measures to Facilitate Recovery of Endangered Black-footed Ferrets in Wyoming

News Release<p>Service Proposes Measures to Facilitate Recovery of Endangered Black-footed Ferrets in Wyoming<p>For Immediate Release<p>April 9, 2015<p>Photo …

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Ocean acidification triggered devastating extinction, study finds

Ocean acidification triggered by massive volcanic eruptions helped cause the worst mass extinction in the history of life on Earth, according to a new study.<p>The findings, published in the journal Science, shed light on the dangers of rising ocean acidity – a phenomenon that is contributing to the …

Climate Change

Conservation news - Environmental science and conservation news

by Mongabay.com 31 December 2017<p>We published more than 1,300 stories in 2017. Here are our ten most read articles that were published during the …

Tiny Inuit community fights to protect narwhals from seismic testing

The community of Clyde River is fighting to protect marine mammals from oil exploration in Baffin Bay, Canada.<p>Last year, Canada’s National Energy …

Herd of Alaska wood bison finds new home in the wild

In Alaska's frozen bush, wood bison are roaming free on U.S. soil for the first time in 200 years.<p>A herd of 100 wood bison, the largest land mammal in North America, were recently reintroduced into the wild.<p>The wood bison, a larger cousin to the American Plains bison, was used by Athabascan natives …

Wildlife

Brontosaurus raised from dead, as scientists rule dinosaur did exist

Oxford University scientists have ruled that Brontosaurus is unique and should have its own genus<p>The Brontosaurus really did exist, scientists have decided, ending a debate which has rumbled on for more than 100 years,<p>The huge dinosaur was discovered in the 1870s, but by 1903 palaeontologists ruled …

Conservation Mismatch

The United States has a long and admirable history of protecting its natural heritage, from the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872 to …

Harsh Reality of Saving Endangered Ferrets

Voice of JOHN HUGHES, WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST, US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE NATIONAL BLACK-FOOTED FERRET CONSERVATION CENTER: <br>For a carnivore like black-footed ferrets, because we rely so heavily on captive-rearing and we’ve had the animals in captivity for so many generations, we do run the risk of …

Wildlife

A Plan to Save the Great Apes of Central Africa

Gorilla and chimpanzee populations in Central Africa continue to decline due to poaching, habitat loss and disease. National parks and reserves in …