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birds, endangered species, endangered animals, blue footed booby, galapagos islands, livescience

Is The Blue Footed Booby A Gone Goose?

(BIRDS/ENDANGERED SPECIES) ECUADOR — Blue-footed boobies are a type of seabird native to the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Their distinctive bright blue feet make them hard to miss among the rocky terrain. However, their population is slowly declining. Scientists speculate this may be due to the decrease in availability of sardines, which are the birds’ primary food source. Read the full article below for more details on the news. — Global Animal

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The Well-Intentioned Eater: Smoothies, Something To Smile About

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) I love my morning smoothie. Since discovering the Nutribullet, I drink one almost everyday and truly believe I’m much healthier because of it. I eat more vegetables and fruits than I ever have before, include power-nutrient boosts like flax and hemp seeds in my diet daily, and no longer crave junky bagels and muffins with my morning coffee. — Global Animal

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Dolphins, ocean, new species, humpback, water

John Kerry Makes Waves With “Our Ocean” Conference

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/MARINE LIFE) WASHINGTON D.C. — In a video statement released by the U.S. Department of State, Secretary of State John Kerry announced his plans to host a global “Our Ocean” conference focused on overfishing, marine pollution, and ocean acidification. The conference, which takes place June 16 and 17 in Washington D.C., will announce new funding initiatives and policy targets while bringing together 400 senior government officials, industry representatives, scientists, environmentalists, and foundations from more than 80 countries. — Global Animal

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katerina plotnikova, wildlife photography, wildlife, photography, art, wonderland, bears

Popular Wildlife Photos Stir Debate (GALLERY)

(WILDLIFE/PICTURES OF ANIMALS) RUSSIA — Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova has embarked on a mission to bring fantasy to life. Her photo collection is a surrealist treasure, and recently went viral thanks to the wide assortment of unique animal centerpieces. Plotnikova controversially uses real wild animals as companions to her young female models, contrasting the two species’ worlds and juxtaposing fantasy with reality. Although her creations are highly fabricated and use trained wildlife, the photos are quite stunning and seem to celebrate animals in their natural environment. Nevertheless, Plotnikova’s project poses the following questions: Do these photos showcase the natural beauty and essence of various species and their environments? Do the photos bring about an appreciation for the animals, or are they simply being exploited? View Plotnikova’s pictures in the following gallery and share your thoughts in the comments section. — Global Animal

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What On Earth Is Earth Day?

(EARTH DAY/ENVIRONMENT) The 1960′s brought about a ton of changes for the American people, including protecting our environment. Brought into effect by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day sparked a worldwide rally to appreciate, protect, and teach about the importance of a healthy environment. From compassionate efforts including park clean-ups, teach-ins, and tree-plating parties, to long-term commitments like caring for trees planted in honor of Earth Day, Senator Nelson has inspired people around the world to become involved with the environment—and in the U.S., the number has reached up to around 80 percent of the population. Read on for the true story about what Earth Day is all about, and what you can do to take part in this important day of the year. — Global Animal

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gobi desert, gobi bear, bears, endangered species, endangered animals, rare animals, conservation, threatened species, china, mongolia

World’s Rarest Bear Roars For Help

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/BEARS) MONGOLIA — The Gobi bear is the rarest bear in the world. Their home in the Gobi desert is one of the most harsh and challenging habitats for wildlife, although the area is actually home to a surprisingly rich community. Scientists have been struggling to even find the elusive bear, yet alone a solution to their declining population. The Gobi bears are literally fighting for survival. Read the full article below for a scientist’s personal account of his team’s interaction with the rare creatures in their natural habitat. —Global Animal

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Try this garlic tofu pasta as a quick and easy dinner. (VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES)

Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Garlic Tofu Fettuccine

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) After all the intense cooking associated with Easter and Passover, it’s nice to make a simple, quick pasta dish for dinner. This garlic tofu fettuccine recipe is quick and easy to make. The fettuccine is tossed with olive oil, Balsamic vinegar and spices for a simple sauce. Try it tonight for dinner with a side of Italian bread !— Global Animal

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Vegan Chocolate Bunny - a compassionate Easter treat!

Easter Bunnies: Stick To The Candy Version

(EASTER BUNNIES) Rabbits bought as Easter gifts cause problems for animal shelters across the nation. After dogs and cats, they are most often surrendered to shelters especially after this spring holiday. Bunnies can live up to ten years, need veterinary care, fresh vegetables, and toys. Many people are not aware rabbits require as much care and commitment as any other pet and will drop the bunnies off at a shelter, or worse, release them into the wild. Read on for more on this issue and how to responsibly bring a rabbit into your family. — Global Animal

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