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July 15, 2024

Florida Allocates Gambling Revenue to Conservation Measures

Earlier this year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill which allocates 96% of the state's gambling revenue towards conservation efforts including wildlife corridor support, water quality improvement, and more.


‘Frog Saunas’ Could Protect Species from Devastating Fungal Disease

A deadly fungal disease known as chytridiomycosis has killed off 90 frog species around the globe, but scientists may have found a simple yet effective solution. Meet the "frog sauna"! With research revealing that the disease is more deadly in cold, wet climates than warm, dry ones, experts have set upon creating mini "saunas" (little enclosures made of material like brick, which can warm up in the sun and provide the frogs with warm, dry resting places). So far, the experiment has proven successful for a hard-hit species in Australia known as the green and golden bell frog and scientists are hopeful that it can help protect more frogs affected by the fungus. 


Bird flu has been invading the brains of mammals. Here’s why 

As H5N1 (avian flu) continues to spread, experts note that this virus can cause neurological issues such as seizures or paralysis in mammals. Such severe cases in humans are rare, but with every new infection, H5N1 continues to adapt, thus it's important to pay close attention and for researchers to continue their work to understand the virus and slow the spread where possible. 


A Bridge for Wildlife Could Help Get Grizzlies Off the Endangered List

The 2021 infrastructure bill assigned $350 million for highway wildlife overpasses to lower human and animal deaths. One in Montana may be key to getting grizzly bears off the endangered species list.

July 8, 2024

Michigan Bill Would Create Animal Abuser Registry

In a bid to better protect animals from cruelty, the proposed bill would “require individuals convicted for offenses related to animal abuse, cruelty, torture, and fighting to be listed by limited information on a publicly available listing in order to prohibit the convicted individuals’ ability to own, possess, use, buy, sell, offer to buy or sell, import, export, or handle animals." 


Researchers Observe Ants Perform "Life-Changing Operations" on One-Another, a First for Non-Human Animals

Carpenter ants have been found to perform life-saving amputations on their fellow colony members. Ants are known to "war" with outside colonies, which can result in nasty injuries and according to researchers, carpenter ants have been observed taking drastic measures to save the lives of their "comrades." While amputation may seem drastic, researchers discovered that those who underwent the "operation" had a 75% survival rate, vs just 15% for those who sustained similar injuries but did not receive "treatment." 


Over 100 Dolphins Saved After Shallow Tide Left them Stranded Off Cape Cod

IFAW, armed with the support of numerous volunteers and marine animal rescue experts, has responded to what is being called the "largest stranding event" of the organization's history. Roughly 125 dolphins found themselves stranded in Cape Cod during low tide. Thankfully, with the quick and dedicated work by those involved, over 100 dolphins were saved. 


Iberian Lynx is Back from the Brink of Extinction Thanks to Conservation Efforts

In 2001, the Iberian Lynx, native to Spain and Portugal, was on the brink of extinction with only 62 known adults left in the wild. Now, 23 years later, there are over 2,000 known adults and juveniles. Dedicated conservation efforts, which included habitat restoration and the creation of new protections for the species were pivotal in ensuring the continuation of these incredible animals. 

July 1, 2024

Tribes Honor the Birth of Rare White Buffalo & Reveal Its Name

Earlier this month, a rare white buffalo calf was born in Yellowstone National Park - signifying the fulfillment of a sacred prophesy by several Native American tribes. To celebrate this momentous occasion and spread awareness for the prophecy's message to take better care of the Earth, a ceremony was held wherein the calf was given a name "Wakan Gil" ("Return Sacred" in Lakota) by local Native American leader, Arvol Looking Horse. 


Denmark to Become First Country to Tax Farmers for Greenhouse Gases Emitted by Livestock 

Beginning in 2030, Denmark plans to become the first country in the world to tax livestock farmers for the greenhouse gases emitted by their cows, sheep, and pigs. The goal of such a measure is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030 and become climate neutral by 2045. 


Colombia's Legislature Votes to Ban Bullfighting

Following an overwhelmingly positive 93-to-2 vote on a bill to ban bullfighting, Colombian President Gustavo Petro is expected to sign the bill into law, which would go into affect in 3 years. Once enacted, Colombia  will join the ranks of many countries including Argentina, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Italy, and the UK which have already outlawed the cruel practice. 


Florida Bans Intentional Release of Balloons to Protect Marine Life 

"Balloons rank among the deadliest ocean plastic for key wildlife" according to Hunter Miller, a representative from environmental group Oceana. The new law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis aims to protect sea turtles, marine birds, whales, and dolphins from ingesting the deflated balloons that often pollute our oceans and harm marine life. 

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