Animals

  • 11:23am May 17, 2013
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    Insects May Be The Taste Of The Next Generation, Report Says

    A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says insects offer a huge potential for improving the world's food security. Peter Menzel, co-author of Man Eating Bugs, describes some insect-based cuisine and the western aversion to creepy-crawly snacks.
  • Mike Watson (left), CEO of Kenya's Lewa Conservancy, and conservationist Ian Craig identify the carcass of a 4-year-old black rhino named Arthur, whom poachers had killed the night before. The well-armed, well-informed poachers very likely used night visi
    Gregory Warner / NPR
    8:19pm May 14, 2013
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    The Enemy Inside: Rhino's Protectors Sometimes Aid Poachers

    The defenders of Africa's rhinos are battling a well-financed and well-informed enemy. Poachers clear $40,000 or more for a single rhino horn. They have cash for the latest weaponry and to pay for inside information from some of the very people whose job it is to protect the rhinos.
  • A Vietnamese rhino horn user displays her horn, which was a gift from her well-to-do sister. Last year, rhino horn sold for up to $1,400 an ounce in Vietnam, about the price of gold these days.
    Frank Langfitt / NPR
    5:42pm May 14, 2013
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    Vietnam's Appetite For Rhino Horn Drives Poaching In Africa

    Demand for rhino horn, used in traditional Chinese medicine, is fueling a slaughter of the animals in Africa. In Vietnam, the sought-after commodity is fetching prices as high as $1,400 an ounce, or about the price of gold. There, some believe ground horn can cure everything from hangovers to cancer.
  • The Plymouth County Beekeepers Association distributed more than 500 crates of honeybees this spring.
    Katherine Perry for NPR
    6:51pm May 12, 2013
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    For Year-Round Buzz, Beekeepers 'Fast-Forward Darwinism'

    Honeybees are in trouble across the U.S., but one association in Massachusetts is hoping to boost the population in its own area. The bees it currently uses have a hard time surviving the winter and battling other foes that have been killing bees nationwide. So beekeepers in Plympton decided to breed their own.
  • The Pallas' long-tongued bat.
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    3:15pm May 07, 2013
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    This Bat Knows How To Drink

    The Pallas' long-tongued bat has a neat trick at the tip of its tongue — tiny hairlike structures that fill with blood and stand straight out. This turns the tongue into a nectar-slurping mop at just the right time.
  • 12:14pm May 03, 2013

    Help Wanted: Polar Bear Spotters

    The Norwegian government is looking for the spotters to warn researchers in the Arctic Circle when bears get too close. A successful candidate should enjoy the outdoors and be competent with firearms.
  • 4:47pm Apr 26, 2013
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    Navy Sonar Criticized For Harming Marine Mammals

    The U.S. Navy is planning to expand training exercises off California and Hawaii, citing the need for military readiness. That's raising concerns about threatened whales and marine mammals, because sonar is known harm and, in some cases, kill them. The state of California is fighting the Navy's plan.
  • 10:21am Apr 26, 2013
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    Great Salt Lake Is No 'Dead Sea'

    Parts of Utah's Great Salt Lake are 10 times saltier than the ocean. But the lake is host to plenty of life, including salt-loving microbes that can turn the lake's water bubblegum pink. Bonnie Baxter, director of the Great Salt Lake, discusses how the bugs might hold the secrets to better sunscreen, hydrogen fuel cells--even life on Mars.