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Is China’s Ivory Ban A Game Changer?

(IVORY TRADE/POACHING) Since China’s ivory ban went into effect at the end of last year, it seems fewer people are interested in buying it. However, a new survey suggests less than 10 percent of Chinese people actually know about the ban. So the big question for conservationists is how much of this shift in public opinion can be attributed to the ban. Read on to learn more about the positive effects of China's ivory ban as well as it's impact on the illegal ivory market. -- Global Animal

How 0.01% Of Life On Earth Is Causing The Sixth Mass Extinction

(ANIMAL EXTINCTION/WILDLIFE) Did you know the world's population of 7.6 billion people is equal to just 0.01 percent of all living things? While humankind is largely insignificant in the grand scheme of life on Earth, humanity is responsible for the loss of 83 percent of all wild mammals--half of which have been lost in the last 50 years alone--and around half of all plants. Meanwhile livestock kept by humans abounds, consisting of 96 percent of all mammals on Earth. The destruction of wild habitat for agriculture, logging, and development has resulted in the beginning of what scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction. Read on to learn more about the rise of civilization and it's disproportionate impact on all life on Earth. -- Global Animal

From Dog-Tired To In A Fox’s Sleep: Animal Sleeping Habits Explored

(ABOUT ANIMALS/ANIMAL BEHAVIOR) Just like humans, all animals have their own unique sleep schedule. Some animals can sleep for most of the day, while others only need a couple of hours. From dolphins and whales to zebras and elephants, take a look at some of the most unique sleeping patterns in the animal kingdom in the infographic below. You'll be amazed by what you find out! -- Global Animal
Endangered Baby Sea Turtles

6 Tips To Keep Sea Turtles Safe During Nesting Season

(SEA TURTLES/OCEAN CONSERVATION) FLORIDA -- With sea turtle nesting season in full effect, it's important to take caution as we share the beaches with these endangered animals. From March through October, sea turtles emerge from the surf at night to lay their eggs in the sand, then return to sea. Two months later, about a hundred baby turtle hatchlings emerge from their nests and crawl to the ocean. These hatchlings are particularly vulnerable so it's crucial that residents and visitors alike do their part to ensure sea turtles have a safe and successful nesting season. Check out the tips below, courtesy of Loggerhead Marinelife Center, on how to protect sea turtles during nesting season. -- Global Animal

Ocean Alliances: Male Dolphins & Their Name Calling

(OCEANS) The ocean is a mysterious place and there is still a lot to learn about it. New research shows that male bottlenose dolphins create alliances with other male dolphins. But how can these sea creatures tell eachother apart? Believe it or not, these dolphins have names for one another! Read on to find out how these aquatic mammals actually call out to their buddies and share connections similar to us land-lovers. -- Global Animal

Unsuspected Victims Of The Opioid Epidemic

(OCEANS) In the rugged waters of the Puget Sound, lay mussels who filter water in search of nutrients. However, no one expected to find traces of Oxycodone in the Seattle shellfish. If Opioids are reaching these filter feeders, how many other aquatic animals are being affected? Read on to find out how these dangerous drugs are permeating through Puget Sound and the impact this could have on all of us. -- Global Animal

Who Is The Best Father? 10 Notable Animal Dads (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL PICTURES/ANIMAL DADS) Happy Father's Day to all the dads in the world—human and otherwise. As an ode to dads, here's a list of the top 10 most notable animal dads. Weigh in on the poll and tell us which animal you think is the best father. Or better yet, send this list to the dad in your life and find out which animal dad he most resembles! — Global Animal

Colors Only Nature Could Create (GALLERY)

(BIRDS/ANIMAL PICTURES) Looking to brighten up your day? From dazzling ducks to flashy flamingos—check out these beautiful birds as they boast every color of the rainbow. — Global Animal

Raccoon Rescued After Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper, Capturing Fans Worldwide

(ANIMAL RESCUE) A raccoon boldly went where no raccoon has gone before when she found herself stuck on the UBS building in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Monday. The reckless raccoon made it all the way to the 23rd floor before eventually arriving safely on the roof. The courageous critter was first spotted resting in a lower-level nook outside the Town Square building downtown, and after a failed rescue attempt, the animal scrambled onto a skyscraper nearby and continued her dangerous ascent. She was stuck for two days, without food or water, before her eventual rescue on Tuesday afternoon, which prompted a collective sigh of relief from the Internet world. On Wednesday morning, she was picked up by Wildlife Management Services, the company that set the traps, and later released on private residential property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities with permission from the owner. A number of office windows were graced by the animal's presence, and many witnesses were able to capture photos and videos of the daredevil's 20-story climb to the top. It didn't take long for local media to take notice, with some live-streaming the dramatic "RACCOON WATCH." Not before long, the animal dubbed the #mprraccoon even had her own Twitter account. Celebrate the fact that she's finally safe and sound, and relive Raccoon Watch 2018 in the photos and video clips below. -- Global Animal

This World Oceans Day, Dive Into The Deep Waters Of The Atlantic

(OCEANS) Today, June 8 is World Oceans Day, a day dedicated to celebrating our oceans and the major role they have in everyday life. Not only are they are a major source of oxygen, food, and medicine, but they are a critical part of the biosphere. The main purpose of World Oceans Day is to educate the public on the impact that human actions have on our oceans, while developing a worldwide movement for sustainable management. In celebration of World Oceans Day, we invite you to explore the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean with this 360° virtual reality tour from a diver's point of view. -- Global Animal

Critters With Cameras: Animal Photographers In The Making

(ANIMAL PICTURES/WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY) While it may be difficult to have animals pose for pictures, these animals seem eager to be the ones behind the camera. Check out these adorable pictures of budding animal photographers. — Global Animal

Baby Animals Everywhere? Must Be Springtime!

(CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES/BABY ANIMALS) Spring is a magical season where the world wakes anew from its winter slumber. What's the best part of springtime? Baby animals, of course! Check out these wild and wonderful baby animal photos. — Global Animal

12 Facts You Didn’t Know About Turtles This World Turtle Day

(OCEAN CONSERVATION/SEA TURTLES) World Turtle Day takes place on May 23, and it's about much more than just celebrating the cute creatures. More importantly, the purpose of World Turtle Day is to raise awareness and respect for turtles and tortoises and encourage human action to help them survive. This World Turtle Day, Oyster Worldwide has put together 12 facts you may not know about turtles to help raise awareness of this special animal. -- Global Animal

The Plastic Problem In Our Oceans: Facts & Figures

(OCEANS/POLLUTION) From production to consumption, plastic is toxic and it's killing tens of thousands of marine animals every year. Plastic waste is drowning our Earth's oceans and waterways, and while it's a serious problem for current and future generations, the issue goes largely ignored. Take a look at the infographic below to learn the facts about plastic pollution's impact on the environment and marine life, and see what you can do to help reduce plastic consumption. Your efforts may seem like just a drop in the ocean, but the choices of individuals can have a big impact. -- Global Animal