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Earth's Cleaning Crew

October 28, 2016

Vultures play an important role in ecosystems. With vulture populations dropping fast, researchers are racing to save these strange birds. Vultures are often portrayed as scary creatures, circling above a wounded animal, waiting for its death—and their dinner. Their bald…

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Return of the Grizzlies

October 7, 2016

Thanks to government protections, grizzly bears have bounced back from near-extinction. But can they survive in the wild without help? Grizzly bears have all but disappeared from the continental United States (see map). But there’s one place where the top…

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Shell Game

April 15, 2016

The ploughshare (plow -share) tortoise is one of the world's most endangered animals. Experts estimate that there are fewer than 300 adults in the wild. A small piece of land in northwest Madagascar is the species' only natural habitat. Because…

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Wildlife Detectives

January 22, 2016

It was June 6, 1989, and President George H.W. Bush had just placed a ban on all imports of elephant ivory into the United States. A wildlife inspector spotted a shipment of about 200 ornately carved ivory buttons. The person…

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Bug Business

December 6, 2015

Chocolate-chip cookies. Banana bread. Brownies. What do these treats have in common? If they were made with Bitty Foods flour, they all contain a special ingredient: crickets. The company, which is based in San Francisco, California, wants to make insects…

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