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Lamenting Madagascar's last lonely lemurs (VIDEO)

RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK, Madagascar — Deep in the Madagascan rainforest, a lemur and his daughter chatter softly as they climb through towering spires of bamboo. Tiny, furry creatures, with snub noses and tufts of white hair sprouting from their ears, they exchange purr-like noises to keep tabs on each other’s whereabouts. They definitely don’t want to get separated. Scientists say these two are likely the last remaining greater bamboo lemurs in the entire 160 square mile national park.

New Mekong dam will soon wipe out endangered Irawaddy dolphin, enviros say

SI PHAN DON, Laos — They might not be as adventurous as Flipper, but every couple of minutes the light gray head and back of a freshwater dolphin breaches the surface. These aren’t trained sea mammals in a theme park. We’re in southern Laos on the mighty Mekong, Southeast Asia’s powerhouse river. Globally, it’s second only to the Amazon in fish diversity. The Mekong is also the natural habitat of the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin — at least until construction begins on a massive dam later this month.

Reindeer eyes change color in winter

They're the only mammals known to change eye color in response to seasonal changes in light.
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A new study finds that reindeer eye color changes with the seasons. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Quick – what color are reindeers’ eyes?

New species of dolphin found off Australian coast

A new variety of humpback dolphin has been identified off the coast of Australia, after genetic analysis revealed that the genus has at least four species.

SeaWorld appeals case could forever change its popular orca shows after trainer's death

A killer whale, the lawyer-son of a Supreme Court justice and the grisly death of wildlife trainer will play roles in a US appeals court case next month that could forever change marine park operator SeaWorld's marquee entertainment.

Peru's gold miners are killing the Amazon

LIMA — The ravaging of the Peruvian Amazon by a wave of illegal gold mining is twice as bad as researchers had thought.

Mass extinction hit ancient bees at the same time as dinosaurs

It's widely known that dinosaurs faced mass extinction 66 million years ago, but a smaller creature also faced a mass die-off: bees.

US government proposes endangered species status for sage grouse in Nevada and California

"It's not the 11th hour for sage grouse here, but it is maybe the 10th hour," Ted Koch, Nevada state supervisor for the Fish and Wildlife Service, said.

Over 100 rhinos poached in South Africa in past month

Poachers have killed more than 100 rhinos in South Africa over the past four weeks, pushing the death toll so far this year towards 800, official figures showed Friday. "The number of rhinos poached for their horns in South Africa since January 2013 has increased to 790," the environment ministry said in a statement. Killings have surged in recent years to feed black market demand in Asia for their horns. In 2007 there were only 13 reported incidents.

Calamity Calling: What if we lost the Amazon?

ABOVE THE AMAZON JUNGLE, Peru — Droughts and rising temperatures are damaging the world's largest rainforest. Tropical ecologist Greg Asner has developed a high-tech eye in the sky to map changes to the Amazon. What he's discovering could affect us all.
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