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Seven quick facts about river otters

Enhanced coats Due to the frequency otters are in and out of water, their fur needs to withstand wet and dry. Water repellent fur helps keeps them warm and dry. How long can you hold your breath? Otters can stay under water for eight minutes. Expert swimmers As a sometimes aquatic creature, it shouldn’t be […]

Suck it up: thorny dragons use their skin like a straw to drink water

Suck it up: thorny dragons use their skin like a straw to drink water

New research shows spiky reptiles’ mouths cannot lick up water so they shovel damp sand on to their backs and suck moisture through their skin Thorny devil lizards shovel damp sand on to their backs and suck the moisture using their skin, new research has found. The spiky reptiles live in the arid deserts and […]

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New frog species found by university of newcastle biologist

A University of Newcastle biologist has discovered a new frog species near Newcastle Airport. Mahony’s Toadlet (Uperoleia mahonyi), was discovered by Dr Simon Clulow at Oyster Cove in Port Stephens and has a highly restricted distribution, occurring in select coastal sand swamps in Myall Lakes, Port Stephens and on the Central Coast. The name honours […]

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail didn’t cure my depression—but it did change my life

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail didn’t cure my depression—but it did change my life

For five minutes late on a Friday afternoon, I was completely lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. I could not see or hear my friend Ruth, who should have been just behind me on the other side of the ridge. Or the ridge before that. I had crossed a lot of such ridges, thinking I […]

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Long road ahead for endangered red wolves

  Last month, following a two-year program review, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service issued its final decision with recommendations to significantly scale back the Red Wolf Recovery Program. What will this mean for the red wolf, our rarest and most endangered canid species? Facing an uncertain future Photo by Steve Hillebrand/ USFWS While North […]

German economy minister sees no brown coal exit before 2040

German economy minister sees no brown coal exit before 2040

  Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel does not expect Germany to withdraw from brown coal in its power production before 2040, despite a growing debate over how to protect the climate from rising CO2 emissions. “It will on no account be switched off in the next decade – in my opinion not even in the one […]

In Australia: giant spider carrying a mouse is horrifying and impressive

Australia’s litany of fearsome fauna seems to have a new entry. Added to deadly snakes, man-eating crocodiles and poisonous jellyfish comes Hermie the huntsman, a spider so unusually large and strong that it had no problem carrying a sizeable mouse up the outside of a fridge. Hermie’s feat was captured on film by Jason Wormal, […]

7 Bees Facing Extinction Added to Endangered Species List for First Time

7 Bees Facing Extinction Added to Endangered Species List for First Time

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) has added seven bee species to the endangered species list, a first for bees. Native to Hawaii, these yellow-faced bees are facing extinction due to habitat loss, wildfires and invasive species. The tiny, solitary bees were once abundant in Hawaii, but surveys in the late 1990s found that […]

Fewer than 100 ploughshare are estimated to occur in the wild. Photo courtesy of Global Wildlife Conservation.

Madagascar’s largest tortoise could become extinct in 2 years

One of the world’s rarest tortoises, the ploughshare tortoise, is about to become extinct. Fewer than 100 ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) remain in the wild, conservationists estimate, and continued poaching of these animals for the illegal pet trade is likely to wipe out the last few individuals in the next two to three years. A […]

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Spain could be first EU country with national park listed as ‘in danger’

“Doñana wetlands in Andalusia is home to thousands of species but has lost most of its natural water due to industry and faces ‘danger’ listing by Unesco” A Spanish wetland home to 2,000 species of wildlife – including around 6 million migratory birds – is on track to join a Unesco world heritage danger list, […]

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