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Daily news of pets, endangered animals and wildlife around the world. Includes information on dogs, cats, dolphins, whales, and wild animals, plus news on endangered species, animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

The change in sea ice drastically effects polar bears and other animals. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com | Jan Martin Will

In Hot Pursuit: Earth Sets Record High Temperature For 3rd Year In A Row

(ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE CHANGE) Scientists tracking global temperatures report that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded, marking the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures surpassed previous records three years in a row. The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 58.69 degrees Fahrenheit–approximately 1.69 degrees above the 20th […]

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Colo, who was the nation's oldest living gorilla, sits inside of her enclosure during her 60th birthday party at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Dec. 22, 2016.  Photo Credit: Ty Wright / AP

R.I.P. To Colo, ‘The Queen Of The Columbus Zoo’

(ZOO ANIMALS/ANIMAL NEWS) A year following the tragic death of Harambe, the world lost another famed gorilla last night. Colo, the world’s oldest known gorilla, died overnight in her sleep at the Columbus Zoo after being diagnosed with cancer last fall. The first gorilla born in captivity, Colo went on to become the oldest known […]

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NYC inches closer to banning the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes.

Curtains Close For Ringling Bros.’ Cruelest Show On Earth

(CIRCUSES/ANIMAL NEWS) In a major victory for circus animals everywhere, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced its “Greatest Show on Earth” will be closing for good in May. Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, attributes to the closure to declining attendance, high operating costs, shifting public tastes, […]

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State Ranked Worst For Animal Welfare 10 Years In A Row

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL LAWS) The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) just published its 11th annual report on the Best & Worst States For Animal Protection Laws in 2016. This report is considered the most authoritative of its kind, examining 15 distinct categories of animal protection laws across all 50 states. Illinois topped the list for the […]

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Pets & Power Don’t Mix: UAE Bans Exotic Pet ‘Status Symbols’

(ANIMAL NEWS/EXOTIC PETS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has passed a new law banning the private ownership of wild animals like leopards, tigers, and even cheetahs, which have been domesticated throughout the oil-rich Gulf State and other neighboring countries. Under the new ruling, exotic animals can only be kept in zoos, wildlife parks, circuses, and […]

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J2, or Granny, in the Salish Sea in 2010. Photo Credit: CWR via BBC

R.I.P. Granny, The World’s Oldest Orca

(OCEANS/ANIMAL NEWS) Scientists believe the world’s oldest known orca, “Granny,” has passed away. Last spotted in early October, researchers believe she lived off the shores of Washington in the Puget Sound region for what may have been as long as a century. Granny–also known as J2–was thought to be between 75 and 105 years old, […]

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Extreme Extinction: Which Animals Could Be Gone Forever In 2017?

(ANIMAL NEWS/ENDANGERED SPECIES) If 2016 was a difficult time for animals, then 2017 could be catastrophic. Scientists agree Earth is currently experiencing a sixth mass extinction, no thanks to humans. Climate change, destruction of wildlife habitats, hunting, and pollution are just a few reasons why species are disappearing at such an alarming rate. In fact, […]

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Two bald eagles fly through the Yakima River Canyon, an incresingly popular nesting site for the species. Photo Credit: Mason Trinca, Yakima Herald-Republic

Washington State Birds Soaring High Again

(BIRDS/ENDANGERED SPECIES) Washington state bird populations are making a remarkable comeback. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission recently removed bald eagles and peregrine falcons from the state list of “sensitive species,” reflecting the species’ steady recovery since the 1970s when the pesticide DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) was federally banned. However, these bird species will continue to be […]

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Scientists Find New Fantastic Beast, Spider Inspired By Harry Potter

(SPIDERS/NEW SPECIES DISCOVERY) Scientists recently discovered a new hat-like spider species in Karnataka, India. Taking inspiration from the Harry Potter series, they named it Eriovixia gryffindori due to the arachnid’s striking resemblance to the magical Sorting Hat. Continue reading to learn more about this fantastic beast and it’s similarities to J.K. Rowling’s fictional character. — […]

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Korea’s largest dog market, which supplied a third of the country’s canine meat, is shutting down. Photo Credit: Getty via Express

Dog Gone! Korea’s Largest Dog Meat Market Shuts Down

(DOG MEAT TRADE/ANIMAL NEWS) In a major victory for animals, South Korea’s largest and most infamous dog meat market is finally shutting down. Last year, an estimated 80,000 dogs were electrocuted, boiled, hanged, blowtorched, and butchered in order to be sold at the Moran market, which supplied a third of the country’s total canine meat. […]

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