How one turtle’s tale helps promote ocean conservation

Sea turtles are in trouble. They are notorious for swallowing things they shouldn’t and given the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean this is unlikely to stop anytime soon.

But the baby sea turtle at aquariums, like the one at Monterey Bay, are helping people see the importance of protecting these curious little eaters.

Read about it over at Scientific American!

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The Remarkable Comeback of the Przewalski’s Horse

Finally some good news! The only truly wild horse in existence (other horses that are thought of as wild are actually only feral) has been teetering on the edge of extinction for a long time now. There was a point where it went entirely extinct in the wild.

But due to a vigorous captive breeding program, and successful reintroductions, this slightly stocky but ultimately adorable horse population is on the upswing!

Read about their history and resurgence over at Smithsonian! 

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Big Picture of the Little Bones in Tuatara

Tuatara are a “living fossil” found in New Zealand. And it turns out it is also an excellent system to study the evolution of sesamoid bones (typically small bones found in tendons and near joints.

Want to know more about these awesome creatures, and what this can tell us about human and lizard anatomy?

Read about it here! 

Or enjoy these photos.

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Elephant Refugees Flee to Last Stronghold in Africa

We’re not talking about refugees. Not the kind that are flocking to Europe from Syria, but the four legged kind that are being over hunted.

A national park in Botswana is struggling to support the staggering number of animals fleeing from poaching in other countries.

Read about it over at National Geographic!

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Black Friday for the Environment

As with most things in the US, Black Friday is pretty divided. People either love it (And will camp out for the deals) or hate it and post on social media.

And this year, in wake of the election and asking “what can I do” Patagonia decided to put their money where their mouth is.

They pledged to donate all proceeds to grass roots environmental organization. Then they generated a record breaking 10 million dollars in profits (5x the projected amount).

And Patagonia STILL plan to donate it all to environmental organizations. Patagonia did not specify which groups, but they have a list of groups that have previously received grants.

Read about it here! 

TELLURIDE, CO - JULY 7, 2014: A Patagonia store is among the several shops catering to outdoor enthusiasts in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

TELLURIDE, CO – JULY 7, 2014: A Patagonia store is among the several shops catering to outdoor enthusiasts in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

The Arctic waters are refusing to freeze

Like a petulant teenager, the Arctic and Antarctic ice is refusing to freeze. After record high temperatures this summer, and bolstered by persistent warm weather from the South, the sea ice that melted this summer is not refreezing.

This has all sorts of implications for weather patterns and low lying areas, all of which you can read about over at the Guardian!

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