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Tigers Turned Into Wine As Shocking Chinese Cruelty Is Revealed

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Tigers Turned Into Wine As Shocking Chinese Cruelty Is Revealed.

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North American Conservation Updates

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Venison Sale Restrictions Should Be Loosened, Some Say – WSJ.com.

With turkeys gone wild, Maine expands hunting – Yahoo Finance.

AOL On – Alligator Spotted Near Road Leads to Bizarre 911 Call.

Logging threatens Monarch butterflies in Mexico.

Coyotes | Environment and Conservation.

Wildlife crimes and illegal trade

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A series of articles related to wildlife crimes and illegal trafficking of wildlife parts.

http://www.economywatch.com/economy-business-and-finance-news/the-economics-of-the-illegal-wildlife-trade.29-05.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/28/un-ban-kimoon-wildlife-trafficking-central-africa

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/05/20135262017481252.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-p-farwell/slaughtering-elephants-an_b_3328425.html

Giant Ant Hill Excavated

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Giant Ant Hill Excavated.

Updates on the Conservation of Marine Species

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Sea Lion Species Removed from Endangered Species List – Yahoo News.

Pink Dolphin Spotted Swimming in Louisiana Waters – PawNation.

Are Dolphins Reaching a Breaking Point? (Op-Ed) – Yahoo News.

Alien-like creature is a feeding Bryde’s whale | GrindTV.com.

Video Reveals Bizarre Deep-Sea Oarfish – Yahoo! News.

New Zealand: Experiment in Ecosystem development

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New Zealand is a beautiful place. Emerald hills, rugged mountains, and lush forests all mixed together to create unique habitats. But probably the most interesting aspect of New Zealand is that it has no native species of land based mammals. In fact the only mammals native to this island country  are a few bats.

Mountains in New Zealand

Mountains in New Zealand

This may seem weird as New Zealand has become somewhat famous for the size of its red deer. While these islands are now home to several large mammals these species are not supposed to be there. They were imported by Europeans as they began to settle the area. Since then many species of game animals, particularly red stags and fallow deer have thrived in this lush country.

Ever since humans arrived on these islands we have been manipulating the ecosystem. The Giant Moas were among the first victims of humans in New Zealand. These relatives of ostriches were easy prey for the first settlers of New Zealand and were quickly wiped out. Later, when the first Europeans arrived bringing along land based mammals the ecosystem was again drastically altered leading to further declines in bird life.

Giant Moas

Giant Moas

Until the intervention of man, these islands were the only place in the world where birds had won the evolutionary arms race against mammals. Across all other land masses mammals were the dominant life forms. This was the one great stronghold of birds in which they were the dominant taxa. All ecological niches had been filled by the evolution of some adaptation or another within birds. Even to this day birds dominate the landscape outside of those areas which man has aided his mammalian stock in taking hold.

Shark Facts and Conservation Effort News

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Yao Ming’s work as an anti-shark fin soup crusader is showing real progress in China | Ball Don’t Lie – Yahoo Sports.

Stunning great white shark attack image is a mystery no longer.

From Australia, wetsuit uses patterns to deter shark attacks – Yahoo! Small Business Advisor.

Hawaii Tiger Shark Migration Coincides with Rise in Bites – Yahoo! News.

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