All posts by Amanda Ellis

World’s Tiniest Elephants Exterminated for Ivory Trade

World’s Tiniest Elephants Exterminated for Ivory Trade

While African elephants have long been the focus of the global ivory crisis, the Asian elephant population is garnering increasing interest — resulting in the death of some of the world’s tiniest elephants....

The Mammoth Factor: Why Prehistoric Animals Were So Big

The Mammoth Factor: Why Prehistoric Animals Were So Big

Super-sized animals dominated the Pleistocene era and dated back as far as the dinosaurs — but hardly exist on Earth today. Skeletons of dinosaurs, mastodons, and mammoths fill archaeology museums around the world...

Big Cats Riding in Cars Cause UAE to Ban Exotic Pets

Big Cats Riding in Cars Cause UAE to Ban Exotic Pets

Lions, tigers, and other exotic animals often kept as pets in the UAE are officially banned — with owners now facing extensive fines and imprisonment sentences. The UAE has historically been a hotspot...

The US is Part of the Global Shark Finning Crisis

The US is Part of the Global Shark Finning Crisis

Although the US has banned shark finning, shark fin trade is still legal — equating to undeniable economic participation in the worldwide controversy. Shark finning is attributed to the removal of shark fins and...

First-Ever Snake-Eating Tarantula Documented in the Wild

First-Ever Snake-Eating Tarantula Documented in the Wild

These giant spiders are known to eat pretty much anything — but until now had never been caught feasting on a snake. Tarantulas are large, hairy arachnids comprising nearly 1000 different species. They...

Cunning Foxes Cover Themselves in Puma Scent as Disguise

Cunning Foxes Cover Themselves in Puma Scent as Disguise

Foxes are using mountain lion scent to disguise themselves and evade attacks from competitive coyote enemies. The gray fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus, is endemic to portions of North America, South America, and Southern Canada,...

Baby Elephant Loses Half Her Leg In Hunting Snare And Miraculously Walks Again

Baby Elephant Loses Half Her Leg In Hunting Snare And Miraculously Walks Again

An elephant calf lost half her leg after getting snared in a hunter’s game trap — and amazingly learned to walk again. A six-month old elephant named Fah Jam, meaning “Clear Sky”, got...

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