Kristian Laine was free diving near Lady Elliot Island in Australia, hoping to get a few good photos of the diverse sea creatures who call the Great Barrier Reef home. He had no idea that he was about to get the luckiest shot a photographer could ask for. Kristian Laine Laine spotted six male manta rays chasing
Since 2015, it has become known that tigers and lions weren’t the only big cats being threatened by poachers. Because tiger populations have dropped so much, poachers are turning to another big cat to drive to extinction — the clouded leopard. The animals are killed for their skin and bone for the leopard bone trade.
Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Denver (February 19, 2020) – “The environmental review process announced today by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is nothing more than window dressing for a process that they should be taking seriously,” said Nada Culver, vice president for public lands and senior policy counsel with the National Audubon Society.
SeaWorld has announced that it’s ending the practice of letting trainers ride astride dolphins during shows.Animal rights activists have been asking for years for the practice to be banned. PETA published a shareholder proposal in December 2019, asking that the practice be banned, and that trainers stop riding on dolphins’ backs and faces. The animal
Last year, NASA astronaut Christina Koch left the planet for a record-setting 328 days aboard the International Space Station. But despite all that time and incredible distance, she never left the heart of her pup back home. NASA/Bill Ingalls Earlier this month, Koch returned to Earth after completing the longest continuous spaceflight by a woman.
As ice and snow blanketed northwestern Minnesota, a stray dog searched for somewhere safe to hide her six puppies. The brave mom had stopped producing milk, and her 3-week-old babies were so hungry and cold. When she couldn’t find shelter, the dog dug a den in the snow and wrapped her body around her puppies,
Joe Exotic was known as “The Tiger King” for a long time. Until September 18th, he ran a tiger breeding and cub-petting attraction. But he has now been sentenced to 22 years in prison after being convicted on two counts of murder-for-hire and 17 wildlife charges. This story highlights just why activists continue to fight
Harper’s learned everything she knows from her mom Willow. But, at 2 years old, there are still a few tricks she has yet to master. Luckily, Willow is always happy to help when her daughter bites off more than she can chew. “Willow and Harper spend all their time together and, of course, she has
The story of Cecil the Lion brought to light the horrible tragedy that is trophy hunting. An American dentist paid an obscene amount of money to kill a lion that was being observed and was beloved around the world. He shot the lion with an arrow and let him suffer for a full day until
JAKARTA — The oil palm processing industry has become the biggest threat to the iconic and endangered proboscis monkeys of Indonesian Borneo, a new study has found. The study, published in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation, analyzed the loss of habitat of the proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) in Balikpapan Bay, home to one of
Since the 1980s, the giraffe population has dropped 30 percent from a population of over 155,000 to just 111,000 today. According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, their population has even dropped by 95 percent in areas that were once considered “prime giraffe habitat.” The IUCN says there are only 68,293 mature individuals in the wild.
In late January, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina received what they thought was a sad, but not entirely surprising, call. A man had returned home to find a cardboard box holding two little puppies dumped on his lawn. The tiny animals were wrapped in a gray sweatshirt to protect them against the winter
Sunny spent almost half of his life in a shelter, waiting for his forever family to find him. When they finally did, he was over the moon and quickly fell in love with his new life. “We got him from a shelter five years ago, at the age of 8,” Shannon Richardson, Sunny’s mom, told
A woman in South Africa walked into her living room and was perplexed. She had left her engagement ring on the coffee table, and it suddenly wasn’t there anymore. She looked around, trying to figure out what had happened — and then noticed her dog Pepper sitting nearby and immediately became suspicious. She had no
This sweet pup named Hijinks may not be able to say the words “I love you” — but she’s learning new ways to show it. Reddit/Rally8889 Last week, Hijinks’ owners welcomed into the world a newborn baby girl named Mercury — and with that, suddenly everything changed. The normally rambunctious pup immediately embraced her role of big
There’s never been any doubt that this pup named Jonsi is a very good dog. But now there’s video to prove it. Trey Foote The other day, Jonsi was hanging out at home with his owner, Trey Foote, when he was called upon to help. Jonsi had just settled in on the sofa when Foote
This little senior dog named Bailey has seen many birthdays come and go now in his long and happy life. But the passing of time has done little to diminish the joy his family feels at having him around. In fact, it’s only made their love grow stronger. Katie D’Souza Last week, Bailey turned 13
When Dillan first arrived at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, the large moon bear lumbered into his enclosure hesitantly. He soon discovered a bowl overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetables and realized everything was about to change. Up until he was rescued at the end of January, Dillan had spent his life inside a small
A red-tailed hawk made a stop outside a downtown Brooklyn building January 28. According to Gothamist, the hawk had lead poisoning and was rescued by a wildlife rehabilitator saving his first-ever hawk. David Karopkin had saved birds and geese before, but this was new. Heis an attorney and was trained by the NY State Department
Sandwich Tern. Photo: Danny Sauvageau/Audubon Photography Awards WASHINGTON (February 14, 2020) – Today the Commonwealth of Virginia declared that migratory birds will be protected under state law in light of rollbacks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by the Trump Administration. The state also committed to take substantial and immediate steps to create nesting habitat
Although the population of the Eurasian lynx is quite stable right now, they are still on the IUCN red list. They mate during late winter, so late February through March and as protected animals, they should not be disturbed during their mating period. Yet, in Sweden, the government allows licensed hunts of the lynx in
Illustration: Joe Ciardiello Who’s Kenn? Simply put, Kenn is a national treasure. A renowned birder, author, and conservationist, Kenn Kaufman has spent his life dedicated to observing birds, reading about birds, writing about birds, and sharing the world of birds with others. With all that birdy knowledge in his brain, he also acts as the field editor for Audubon magazine. So, whenever we
Prothonotary Warbler. Photo: Owen Deutsch/Audubon Photography Awards The Gulf Coast is known for its dramatic scenery—Spanish moss hanging from cypress trees in a foggy swamp, or pine savannas that are home to carnivorous plants—and this week, those special places are getting the support they need, thanks to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Last December,
Students of Rust College visit Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Mississippi. Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon NEW YORK – Today, the National Audubon Society announced a $250,000 investment from the Walton Family Foundation to build on the success of the Audubon on Campus Chapter Program by expanding engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions
How far would you travel for love? If you were a male kakapo parrot, you’d walk the equivalent of a local 5K, as in, over three miles (and that’s not counting the walk back)! A lovesick male kakapo parrot embarks on his long stroll each night during breeding season as he tries to beat out
In what has already become one of the most catastrophic events in recent history, the fires ravaging Australia have become responsible for losses in many areas. Every year, the threat and arrival of bushfires create havoc within the country. With elevated risks occurring largely due to several contributing factors (extended drought, record heatwave), the bushfires
One key factor in keeping your feathered friend healthy is offering healthy food. Joshua_Willson/Pixabay You know that offering a healthy and balanced diet to your bird contributes to your beloved friend living a long, happy, and fulfilling life. Seed alone simply is not enough for most parrots. It is deficient in many vitamins and minerals,
Bison were over-hunted to near extinction in the past. After recovering over the course of many years thanks to the efforts of conservationists, bison are still in danger to this day. Yellowstone National Park has been a sort of refuge to bison for a long time, but government authorities annually cull bison and allow their
Bearded Vulture. Photo: Winfried Wisniewski/Alamy Thud! The sudden noise filled the tranquil valley in the Spanish Pyrenees. Antoni Margalida quickly scanned the sky for the source of the sound. As a field biologist for the Catalonian government familiar with the region’s wildlife, he had a hunch. And then, through his telescope, there it was: a burly Bearded Vulture, or
Mountain Bluebird. Photo: Trevor Roche/Audubon Photography Awards If you follow climate policy you may have heard about something called “natural climate solutions.” As it becomes clear that we need to not only reduce emissions, but consider ways to limit carbon in the atmosphere, natural climate solutions offer a range of tools to help us address