(CNN)Found frozen deep in the Siberian Arctic, the cave lion cub looks like she’s asleep and one touch might awaken her. The cub’s golden fur is matted with mud but otherwise undamaged. Her teeth, skin, soft tissue and organs are mummified but all intact. Some 28,000 years since she last closed her eyes, her claws are still sharp enough to prick the finger of one of the scientists who are studying this remarkable — and unprecedented — permafrost-preserved specimen.Read the Full Story on CNN
A suspected poacher was trampled and killed by a herd of elephants at a South African national park over the weekend. Officials announced Sunday the death of the suspected poacher and the arrest of one accomplice at Kruger National Park on Saturday. They said that the deceased man, and his accomplices, were fleeing from park rangers when they unexpectedly encountered a breeding herd of elephants.Read the Full Story on CBS News
Did you know that there are two types of elephant–Asian and African–and while they are indeed similar, they are too biologically different to breed? Or that the street value of a single elephant tusk is $15,000? Or that there are only about 40,000 Asian elephants left on this planet? August 12th is World Elephant Day, an international holiday dedicated to honoring these intelligent animals, learning more about their needs, and pledging to protect their welfare in the future.
The mystery surrounding hundreds of sudden elephant deaths in Botswana seems to have been solved and the findings bring an end to months of speculation on why at least 330 elephants were found dead in the northwestern region of the Southern African country earlier this year.
Initially, possible explanations over the deaths had ranged from poaching to anthrax to poisoning. Now, however, the country has pointed to toxic blooms of cyanobacteria, a naturally occurring neurotoxin and biological phenomenon which has increased due to climate change, according to Mmadi Reuben, principal veterinary officer at the Botswana department of wildlife and national parks.
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A baby gorilla has been born at Bristol Zoo.
Keepers arrived to find the new arrival nestling in the arms of its mother.
Photographs taken just hours after the birth on Wednesday show Kala – a nine-year-old western lowland gorilla – cradling the newborn. Staff said both were “doing well”.
The zoo said Kala gave birth naturally with the baby’s father, Jock, nearby. Her first baby died last year a week after it was born.
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ON THURSDAY MORNING, NASA launched its new Mars rover, Perseverance, on a six-month journey to the Red Planet. The car-sized rover was boosted into space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket that departed from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It’s the third and final Mars mission to depart Earth this summer; earlier in July, China and the United Arab Emirates also launched their first Martian explorers.
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Mystery surrounds the “completely unprecedented” deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana over the last two months.
Dr Niall McCann said colleagues in the southern African country had spotted more than 350 elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the start of May.
No one knows why the animals are dying, with lab results on samples still weeks away, according to the government.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. joins with all the friends and acquaintances of George McWhorter in mourning his loss. He combined a notable musical career with the largest institutional collection of TARZAN memorabilia at the University of Louisville to create a lasting legacy for himself and all devoted fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs. He enriched many lives and gave us a lasting tribute to all Mr. Burroughs created at the TARZAN/JOHN CARTER CENTENNIAL in 2012.
George McWhorter Greets the 2012 ERB Centennial Banquet
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