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WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

Friday, April 17, 2015

A 29-month study of chimpanzees in Uganda's Kibale National Park reveals that many have learned a valuable survival skill — to look both ways before crossing a busy highway.

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The Takeaway

Imagining a World Without Birds

Friday, April 17, 2015

When he's not busy fielding nominations for Pulitzers, Jonathan Franzen is involved in a passionate fight against the poaching of endangered songbirds.

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Morning Edition

Last Male White Rhino Is Under Guard In Kenya

Friday, April 17, 2015

In the world, there are only five northern white rhinos left and only one of them is a male. Two females are in a zoo in the Czech Republic. The others are in a nature preserve in Kenya.

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Scientists Probe Puppy Love

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Research shows the mutual gazing between pooches and people spurs release of a "trust hormone" in both. The results suggest dogs really may love us back.

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All Things Considered

'Rambo' The Octopus Shoots Photos Of Tourists At New Zealand Aquarium

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

At Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, a female octopus has been trained to take photographs of visitors from inside her tank.

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All Things Considered

Chicago-Area Dog Flu Outbreak Rises To Over 1,000 Cases

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Vets in Chicago have reported more than 1,000 cases of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease. Six dogs have died so far. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Edward Dubovi of Cornell University's veterinary school about the dog flu outbreak.

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The Takeaway

World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Gets Team of Armed Guards

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In the 1980s, the total population of all northern white rhinos hung around 2,000, but now there is only one male left and few females.

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Mountain Lion That Hid Out Under LA Home Appears To Have Left

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

P-22, as the mountain lion is known, typically lives in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. Attempts to dislodge him from under a home Monday failed.

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And The Fate Of The Hermaphrodite Goat Is...

Monday, April 13, 2015

The authorities in Gaza decided that the animal had to be slaughtered.

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Better Than 'Survivor': Wild Drama Hooks Viewers On Nest Web Cams

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Forget Big Brother and Real Housewives. Local governments and nonprofits are starting to capitalize on our unquenchable thirst for reality programming — in the form of bird nest cams.

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All Things Considered

Federal Government Protects Bat, Angers Industry

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The northern long-eared bat has been designated as a threatened species, triggering new regulations to protect it. But oil and gas and agriculture organizations say those new rules will hurt them.

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WNYC News

Extraordinary Species Living On the Edge

Friday, April 10, 2015

An exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History offers a look at the world of animals and plants with superpowers.

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All Things Considered

Clam Cancer Spreads Along Eastern Seaboard

Friday, April 10, 2015

Renegade cells floating through seawater apparently cause the cancer, scientists say. Though people can't catch it, the malignancy might offer clues to how cancer cells spread in the human body.

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A Hermaphrodite Goat Could Be The Ultimate Scapegoat

Friday, April 10, 2015

It lives in Gaza. It has male private parts — and udders. People think its milk might have special powers. The government thinks it's a scam and wants to kill it. We'll find out its fate on Sunday.

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Morning Edition

Science Sticks Its Neck Out For Brontosaurus

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A new study suggests that the long-defunct Brontosaurus should be back on the books. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne explain.

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Morning Edition

Is It Time To Resurrect The Brontosaurus?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

More than a century ago, the Brontosaurus was deemed too similar to the dinosaur Apatosaurus. Recent research finds there is enough difference between the two creatures after all.

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Go Ahead, Little Goat, Eat Some Poison Ivy. It Won't Hurt A Bit

Monday, April 06, 2015

Amazon's getting into the rent-a-goat business (for weed chomping). After all, goats are great at wiping out unwanted plants — even poison ivy. How do they do it?

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WNYC News

An Easter with Kangaroos

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Standard Hotel, High Line is one of the places around New York City which offers pop-up petting zoos for the holidays. 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Shocking Truth About Tiger Farms

Friday, April 03, 2015

In China's government-supported tiger farms, big cats are raised and harvested for their body parts -- part of a multi-million dollar trade in tiger bone wine and tiger skin decor.  Meanwhile, wild tiger numbers are at an all-time low.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Dogs Helped Humans Conquer The World

Friday, April 03, 2015

When it comes to loyalty, dogs win. Now, new evidence suggests dogs and early humans formed an alliance 36,000 years ago.  Together, they drove Neanderthals to extinction, then invaded and conquered the rest of the planet. 

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