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Turtles have been roaming the Earth for millions of years—but now dozens of these “slow and steady” species are racing toward extinction.

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Turtles may seem like low-maintenance pets, but those about to rush out and bring one home should consider that they require years (sometimes decades) of specialized care. Turtles can also transmit disease. Like all wildlife, these reptiles belong in their natural habitats. Adopt, don't shop Small...

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Illustration showing tiger selfie attraction

When Sharon Young visited manatees in a warm spring off Florida’s Homosassa River in the late 1990s, she followed the guide’s instructions: Observe and don’t approach or get in the manatees’ way. Like most of us, Young—who now works as the HSUS marine wildlife protection field director—is fascinated...

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by Ruthanne Johnson
Goblin the tortoise walking on a concrete floor

Goblin might not have lasted much longer at Tim’s Reptiles and Exotics in Pulaski County, Kentucky. The sulcata tortoise was one of about 150 animals rescued in September from nightmarish conditions at the pet store when local police arrested the store operator on 19 counts of animal cruelty...

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By James Hettinger
A frog jumps to safety out of a pool using a ramp to rejoin the other frogs on the safety of the grass

It seemed like a good idea at the time: Buy a house with a two-acre property, let our energetic herding dog have the run of the place and spend blissful summer days digging side by side in the dirt with her. And it was blissful, watching Mattie carve out her napping spots behind the ferns and tall...

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By Nancy Lawson, author of The Humane Gardener
Photo illustration showing a domestic cat and an exotic cat

If you had driven by the idyllic-looking suburban home near Albany, New York, you would have never known that six African exotic cats had, for more than a decade, been living in the dark basement. In the wild, servals, often referred to as reed cats, typically live near water. The largely solitary...

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by Michael Di Paola & Ruthanne Johnson

By an overwhelming majority of 70 to 30, Oregon voters issued a powerful statement for the protection of the world’s endangered animals by passing Measure 100, the ballot measure to stop endangered wildlife trafficking in Oregon. The measure shuts down the local market for products like elephant...

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Turtle crossing the rural road

The term “roadkill” was coined in the 1940s, according to Merriam-Webster, entering the lexicon alongside “DDT” and other harbingers of a dystopian technological age that runs roughshod over the natural world. In the 1990s, the word became a cheeky insult when a rival called then-House Speaker Newt...

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BY NANCY LAWSON, AUTHOR OF THE HUMANE GARDENER

Sporting their tux-with-tails plumage, penguins are one of Earth’s most charismatic and recognizable birds.

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By Emily Smith

Save Endangered Animals Oregon has announced a new political committee organized to qualify for a ballot initiative to prohibit the sale of products and parts from elephants, rhinos, lions, pangolins, sea turtles, sharks and other threatened species. The measure is designed to save these species...

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BURNSIDE, Ky.—The Humane Society of the United States is assisting the Burnside Police Department in rescuing approximately 150 exotic animals in a large-scale alleged severe neglect situation at a local pet store. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Special Investigation Unit...

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Bird flying with plastic bag in it's mouth

You don’t forget the images: the olive ridley sea turtle, a plastic straw lodged in his nose. The Rubenesque sea lion, neck cinched tight by a thick plastic packing strap. The Cuvier’s beaked whale, stomach split open to reveal more than 80 pounds of plastic waste—snack bags, rope, rice sacks...

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By Kelly L. Williams
Mom bird feeding her babies in a nest

Decaying logs and miniature bogs, hollowed stalks and piled rocks, nutritious pollen and leaves fallen: They’re not the stuff of traditional nursery rhymes and baby showers. But if wild mothers-to-be had gift registries, these natural supplies would top the list. Though the basic elements for...

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BY NANCY LAWSON, AUTHOR OF THE HUMANE GARDENER
Fire flies in summer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

You’re out for a walk in the woods. You turn a bend in the trail, and there stands a majestic deer. Or maybe there’s a bobcat, disappearing into the thicket. When it comes to these unexpected animal sightings, even the briefest moments are awe-inspiring. That’s why wildlife-watching vacations are so...

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Ruthanne Johnson

When you start spring cleaning around your home and yard, watch out for the health and safety of your wild neighbors! Wild animals can be accidentally injured or orphaned when people trim trees, mow lawns, clean chimneys or find them trapped or nesting indoors. You can take simple precautions to...

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When voters go to the polls this November, they won’t only be making decisions about which elected officials will represent them. In a number of states, they will vote on measures related to the humane treatment of animals—deciding whether to adopt policies on factory farming, wildlife trafficking...

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Healthy oceans are vital to the animals who call them home and to the overall well-being of our planet. Here are a few things you can do to help. Stop trashing the ocean You probably wouldn't dream of dumping your trash in the ocean. But did you know that over-fertilizing your lawn could have an...

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Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International released this statement following the announcement of the report this morning from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services about species extinction...

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Bird and babies in the nest tucked in a tree trunk

It’s not easy to accept that all things must eventually come to an end. We often go into denial in the face of the inevitable and airbrush away the aftermath when it does occur. So it probably shouldn’t have surprised me to read about a gardener who glossed over the demise of an entire tree with...

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BY NANCY LAWSON, AUTHOR OF THE HUMANE GARDENER