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Brookfield Zoo Dolphin Dies Before Weekend Show

Published 09/06/11
By Huffington Post

One of the most recent additions to the crew of performing dolphins at the Chicago area's Brookfield Zoo, 4-year-old Nea, died Sept. 5 following an apparent "freak accident" collision with another dolphin.

Link: Huffington Post

Hunters Can't Bring Elephant Corpses to U.S.

Published 09/02/11
By Ryan Abbott, Courthouse News Service

Americans who hunted and killed endangered African elephants in Zambia cannot bring trophies of their prey back home, a federal judge ruled this week. "Plaintiffs paid a princely sum for the opportunity to shoot African elephants in Zambia and then they wanted to import the animals' corpses back to the United States," Chief U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth. "The trouble is that plaintiffs' attempts at post-mortem importation run up against some complex law."

Link: Courthouse News Service


Basement Baboon Finds New Home at Our Sanctuary

Published 08/30/11
By Madison.com (Wis.)

Monkey, a 3-year-old baboon who had been living in an East Side (Madison, Wis.) laundry room until he was surrendered to the Dane County Humane Society earlier this month, on Aug. 29 was transferred to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas.

Link: Madison.com

Hayden Panettiere: Why I Fight for Endangered Whales, Dolphins

Published 08/25/11
By US Magazine

An animal lover since childhood, Hayden Panettiere is using her star power to help prevent her favorite marine animals from becoming extinct.

Link: US Magazine/Yahoo! News


Primate Sanctuary Feels The Heat

Drought takes toll on over 500 South Texas monkeys

Published 08/17/11
By Jim Swift - KXAN

When Tim Ajax took over as the director of the South Texas Born Again USA Primate Sanctuary a couple of years ago, he heard a story from a neighbor about the demise of a nearby town. "Millett was an active, thriving town down here about six miles south of Dilley off of 35,” Ajax said. “They had their own school and general store and it supported a large farming contingency down here.

Link: KXAN.COM

Food Network Ditches Shark Meat After 30,000 Sign Change.org Petition

Published 08/16/11
By Huffington Post

The Food Network is known for showcasing a huge variety of foods — you don't fill an entire network by sticking to basics. For a long time, that variety included shark meat. Until very recently, the Food Network website listed shark tacos and shark au poivre among its thousands of recipes. But thanks to 30,000 petitioners on change.com, shark meat is now a thing of the past for the Food Network.

Link: Huffington Post

Arctic Scientist Who Exposed Climate Threat to Polar Bear Is Suspended

Published 08/11/11
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian

It was seen as one of the most distressing effects of climate change ever recorded: polar bears dying of exhaustion after being stranded between melting patches of Arctic sea ice. But now the government scientist who first warned of the threat to polar bears in a warming Arctic has been suspended and his work put under official investigation for possible scientific misconduct.

Link: The Guardian (U.K.)

Ian Somerhalder Testifies Before Congress for Wildlife Preservation

Published 08/03/11

He's wild at heart! Ian Somerhalder testified before Congress on July 28 for wildlife conversation. The Vampire Diaries actor, 32, is head of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people to help them positively impact the planet and its creatures.

Link: US Magazine/Yahoo! News

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