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After Rescue, Massive Sea Turtle Released Into Atlantic

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A rare 475-pound leatherback sea turtle "immediately responded to treatments" of fluids, vitamins and antibiotics after it was rescued in South Carolina on Saturday.

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All Things Considered

As Palm Oil Farms Expand, It's A Race To Save Indonesia's Orangutans

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Demand for palm oil is destroying the habitat of endangered Sumatran orangutans. One group is working to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce these often-orphaned primates back into the wild.

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All Things Considered

Think Man-Sized Swimming Centipede — And Be Glad It's A Fossil

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

This sea monster swam Earth's seas about 480 million years ago and was the biggest creature of its day, scientists say.

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Morning Edition

Correction To Monday's Story On Banned Snakes

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Regarding new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules, we said there's a ban on the sale of the reticulated python and 3 other snake species. The rules ban importation and interstate sales and transport.

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The Accidental Hunter: For One Outdoorsman, Roadkill Is His Only Red Meat

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

When a car hits and kills a deer or other creature, Jeff Potter swoops in and recovers the meat, then feeds it to friends and family. No one has ever gotten sick, he says.

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The Takeaway

A Passionate Call to Leave Zoos Behind

Monday, March 09, 2015

Zoos have a long history. But Outside Magazine contributor Tim Zimmerman argues that zoos are bad for animals and don't do much good for people, either.

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The Takeaway

How an 8-Year-Old Girl Became Queen of The Crows

Monday, March 09, 2015

What happens when some neighborhood crows befriend a little girl in Seattle? You might be surprised. 

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Morning Edition

More Snakes Added To U.S. Banned Species List

Monday, March 09, 2015

After banning the importation and sale of Burmese pythons and similar species, federal officials are taking aim at boa constrictors and 4 species of anacondas. Breeders and retailers are hissing mad.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Boko Haram & ISIS Join Forces, Little Girl is Queen of the Crows, and The Case Against Modern Zoos

Monday, March 09, 2015

The Takeaway explores the relationship between ISIS and Boko Haram, we look at a strange story involving an 8-year-old girl and crows, and one guest makes the case against zoos.

FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Random tests of milk reveal that a few farmers are treating dairy cows with antibiotics that aren't supposed to be used on them. The FDA is now considering tighter controls to prevent such practices.

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Elephants Will Retire From Barnum And Bailey Circus

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Elephants were part of the spectacle ever since an enterprising farmer encountered one of the country's first elephants.

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This Just (Flew) In: The Formerly 'Extinct' Jerdon's Babbler

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The sparrow-sized bird, native to Myanmar, hadn't been seen since 1941. But recently a team of scientists recorded its call and played it back, attracting more of the tan-colored subspecies.

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These Tunes Are Music To Your Cats' Furry Ears

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Composer David Teie's most recent compositions are catered to our feline friends. His music mimics purring, and might be just the thing to perk your cat up.

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Morning Edition

Could A Quokka Beat A Numbat? Oddsmakers Say Yes

Friday, March 06, 2015

In "Mammal March Madness," you win or die. No basketball in this tournament — it's a simulated survival-of-the-fittest game set up by evolutionary biologists. The battle cry? Mammals suck ... milk!

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All Things Considered

Animal-Rights Advocates Cheer End Of Elephants In Circus

Thursday, March 05, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Katherine Meyer, an attorney with the Wildlife Advocacy Project, about how animal advocates are celebrating the end of elephants in the Ringling Bros. circus.

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All Things Considered

Ringling Bros. Circus To Phase Out Elephants By 2018

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says it will stop using elephants in shows by 2018. Members of the public have voiced concerns about how the animals are treated.

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Ringling Bros. Says No More Circus Elephants By 2018

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The "Greatest Show on Earth" has been under pressure for years from animal rights advocates over its use of Asian elephants in its 5,000 annual shows.

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All Things Considered

Monarch Butterfly Population Rejuvenated After Last Year's Record Low

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico, and conservationists are applauding the country's crack down on illegal loggers who contributed to habitat loss and decline of the species. Now they are turning their attention to the U.S. to help save the migratory insect.

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Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Fewer shark fins are being imported into Hong Kong, the epicenter of shark-fin soup, a culinary delicacy. But while the trade in shark fins may be down, the trade in shark meat is still going strong.

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All Things Considered

Science-Based Artist Gives Celebrity Tortoise A Second Life

Monday, March 02, 2015

Lonesome George was the last surviving member of his species and a conservation icon. When the tortoise died, taxidermist George Dante set out to preserve his body, and his legacy.

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