Between A Town And Its Bears, A Star-Crossed Relationship

NPR | Aug. 25, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Most people in the town of Old Forge, N.Y., want to refrain from feeding black bears. The trouble is, without the bears coming around as often as they do, the town stands to lose a lot of its tourism.

Gecko 'Astronauts' No Longer Lost In Space

NPR | Aug. 25, 2014 9:06 a.m.

A group of geckos "lost" in space was found last week — they were the subjects of a scientific experiment. They're the latest in a long line of animals that humans have sent beyond the atmosphere.

South Africa Makes A Plan To Protect Rhinos From Poachers

NPR | Aug. 24, 2014 9:12 a.m.

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Jo Shaw, Rhino Program Manager at the World Wildlife Fund in Cape Town, South Africa, about the country's new rhino conservation plan.

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

NPR | Aug. 24, 2014 9:06 a.m.

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.

Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies

NPR | Aug. 22, 2014 4:53 a.m.

Environmentalists and a South Florida community want to limit aerial spraying for mosquitoes — saying it's ineffective and harmful to wildlife. Two butterfly species were added to the endangered list.

SeaWorld Won't Appeal Ban On Trainers Performing With Orcas

NPR | Aug. 21, 2014 4:23 a.m.

The theme-park company received a citation in 2010 after a whale named Tilikum killed a trainer. Since then, SeaWorld has planned upgrades to its facilities and training, but it still faces criticism.

Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

NPR | Aug. 19, 2014 4:35 a.m.

Two New England towns dominated the world's ivory market from 1840 to 1940 — transforming imported tusks from African elephants into piano keys and combs. Today's residents grapple with a dark past.

Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe

NPR | Aug. 18, 2014 3:18 p.m.

A recent study tried to pin down just how many elephants have been killed by poachers. It's a lot — enough to eventually eliminate the species — but pinning down an exact death toll is difficult. The reason elephants are so hard to protect is the same that makes them so hard to count: They roam — exceptionally far.

When Snails Lose Their Way

NPR | Aug. 15, 2014 10:25 a.m.

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.

Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

NPR | Aug. 14, 2014 2:23 p.m.

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.

Thanks to our Sponsors:
become a sponsor
Thanks to our Sponsors
become a sponsor