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Science stories about animal research, including wildlife conservation and endangered animals studies.

Some Monkeys Don’t Monkey Around

(FACTS ABOUT ANIMALS/ANIMAL SCIENCE) When it comes to fidelity, most mammals don’t fit the bill of the model mate. But then again, most mammals aren’t the Azara’s owl monkey. In a world where 90 percent of mammals have multiple partners and cheating is common among all species, the Azara’s owl monkey bucks the trend by indulging in monogamy. Read on to find out what drives their monogamy. The reason may surprise you. — Global Animal

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Odds Stacked Against Animals In Research Facilities

(ANIMAL TESTING/ANIMAL RESEARCH) With help from the University of California, San Diego, PETA recently found that the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees’ (IACUC) board is dominated by animal researchers. To make matters worse, the board is more inclined to mercilessly use animals for experiments rather than resort to more efficient, humane alternatives to animal testing. The shocking IACUC roster currently shows that over 60 percent of the 25 largest institutional recipients of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds are using animals for research experiments. Continue reading below to learn more about PETA’s discovery and take the cruelty-free pledge. — Global Animal

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Research Lab In The Doghouse For Brutal Beagle Testing

(ANIMAL TESTING/DOGS) An undercover investigation conducted by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) found UK lab MSD Animal Health using beagle puppies for cruel animal testing. Thanks to their investigation, a BUAV worker was able to convince the inhumane research lab to release two of its breeding beagles and one of their puppies. However, this was just a small victory, as the investigation also showed that almost 100 dogs were killed in the facility, and the ones remaining were taken from their mothers and will face “certain death.” Read on to find out more about the BUAV’s findings at MSD Animal Health, and sign the petition to help put an end to their cruelty. — Global Animal

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Do Animals Have A Sense Of Humor?

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Studies show that our great ape relatives, from chimpanzees to gorillas, experience pant-like laughter when positively stimulated. These extremely intelligent beings are also known to have great senses of humor, and are able to crack their own jokes. It was also discovered that rats experience something close to laughter when they are being tickled. But what about the rest of the animal kingdom? Are all animals capable of having a sense of humor? Read on to find out more about the animal kingdom’s relationship with humor. — Global Animal

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Modern-Day Dr. Dolittle: Scientist Claims He Can ‘Talk’ To Animals?

(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL SCIENCE) Scottish scientist Dr. Ian Duncan claims he is actually able to talk to animals by using a “strictly scientific method” which he plans to reveal in a Washington conference on animal welfare and sentience in the coming week. Dr. Duncan, whose work led to changes in in the regulations of battery farms for pigs and hens, believes by being able to communicate with animals about their care, we may be able to improve their lives. Read on to learn more about this modern-day Dr. Dolittle. — Global Animal

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Elephants Are All Ears: Measure Danger Through Voice

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/ELEPHANTS) The Maasai people in Kenya have a long history of violence towards their elephant neighbors, but elephants have learned a way to avoid conflict to the best of their ability. According to a recent study, elephants in the Amboseli region have learned to distinguish voices and dialects from one another. They can even tell male, female, and young boy voices apart. Further results from the study were even more surprising. The two-year study revealed the African elephants often retreat after hearing a Maasai male’s voice, but Kamba, a neighboring community, receives less of a reaction. Read the full article below for more details on the study. — Global Animal

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Polar Explorer Breaks The Ice: Uncovers New Penguin Colony

(ANIMAL SCIENCE/PENGUINS) Polar explorer Alain Hubert has been taking trips to the South and North Poles since 1983. He is a trained civil engineer, a certified mountain guide (UIAGM), a carpenter, an entrepreneur, and a public speaker—but one of his favorite hobbies? Counting penguins. Hubert recently returned to Antarctica to count a newly discovered emperor penguin colony, despite estimates already calculated by a computer. The new colony, named after the coast on which they were found, Ragnhild, is one of 44 colonies of emperor penguins found on the continent, where an estimated 595,000 emperor penguins reside in total. Read about Hubert’s incredible Antarctic journey, and the science behind it all, in the article below. — Global Animal

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Is A Worldwide Ban On Animal Testing Possible?

(ANIMAL TESTING/ACTIVISM) Cruelty Free International and The Body Shop are working on a worldwide petition to end animal testing for cosmetics in the United States. The two companies received over one million signatures from over 65 different countries, and they are hoping the U.S. will follow the European Union’s lead and ban animal testing for good. Being the largest campaign of its kind, Cruelty Free International does not plan to stop with just the U.S., but is also hoping to one-day bring about a worldwide ban on animal testing. Continue reading below to learn more about Cruelty Free International and the Body Shop’s petition, and take the Clean Up Cruelty Pledge today. — Global Animal

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