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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 Big Cat Biologist And The Blind Date: 3-Minute Fiction

Friday, April 03, 2015

A big cat biologist goes on a blind date. It doesn't go well.  Writer Ben Hoffman reads from a work in progress.

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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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All Things Considered

Cholita, An Abused Bear In Peru, Gets A New Home In Colorado

Monday, March 30, 2015

An animal welfare group says it now has permission to bring the Andean bear to a sanctuary in Colorado along with more than 30 lions that have been removed from circuses.

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Heat Tolerant, Tough Teeth, Lots Of Milk — They're Supergoats!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A hardy breed is helping farmers in one Kenyan village cope with climate change — and put more food on the table.

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Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

Saturday, March 28, 2015

There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.

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TED Radio Hour

What Can Bonobos Teach Us About Play?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Primatologist Isabel Behncke Izquierdo explains how bonobos learn by constantly playing. She says play isn't frivolous; it appears to be a critical way to solve problems and avoid conflict.

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Morning Edition

SeaWorld Ads Counter Criticism Over Treatment Of Whales

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SeaWorld has a new CEO and a new advertising campaign touting its care of killer whales. At the same time, a former orca trainer at the theme park has written a book criticizing his former employer.

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All Things Considered

'Super-Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In South Florida, the world's two most destructive termite species could be mating because of climate change. Researchers say if the hybrids colonize, they could pose an even greater economic threat.

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Morning Edition

Sea Turtles Test Urban Waters In Southern California 'Jacuzzi'

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Even with the warm outflow from nearby power plants, the San Gabriel River's an odd new habitat choice. Volunteers and researchers are working to study and track the population that's popped up there.

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Fresh Air

Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

Monday, March 23, 2015

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld's Christopher Dold says such criticism is "unfounded."

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Morning Edition

Phoenix Zoo Misidentifies Gender Of Andean Bear

Monday, March 23, 2015

For two years, the zoo said Luka was a male when the bear was really a female. The zoo explained that it's difficult to identify the sex of juvenile Andean bears.

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All Things Considered

Record Number Of Stranded Sea Lion Pups Strains California Resources

Friday, March 20, 2015

An uptick in malnourished pups on the coast has rescue centers struggling to keep up. Changing weather patterns and warmer ocean waters could be to blame, but it's still too early to tell.

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Morning Edition

No Pain, No Scientific Gain: One Man's Quest To Quantify Bug Stings

Friday, March 20, 2015

How much does a bee sting hurt, exactly? How about a bullet ant bite? An entomologist has built an index ranking insect stings — after getting stung more than 1,000 times.

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Cramped Chicken Cages Are Going Away. What Comes Next?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.

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The Takeaway

Mush! Champion Dog Sledders Cross The Iditarod Finish Line

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mushers from around the world converged in Alaska to compete in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race before crossing the finish line in Nome this morning.

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All Things Considered

Old Land Battle Resurfaces In Georgia Between The Gullah And The Government

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Gullah people, who are descendants of West African slaves, want to return to land the U.S. government took away during World War II. But the land has been a wildlife refuge for 40 years.

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From Bored To Blown Away: Feline Reactions To 'Music For Cats'

Saturday, March 14, 2015

David Teie talked with us last week about his cat-friendly music. This week, we share how some of Weekend Edition's feline listeners reacted to Teie's tunes.

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Dutch Owl's Rampage Ends Safely For All

Saturday, March 14, 2015

An owl in the Netherlands unaccountably chose rather large prey, and managed to do quite a bit of damage, but the emergency is over.

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