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

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.
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SeaWorld Won't Appeal Ban On Trainers Performing With Orcas

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

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.
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Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

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.
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Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.
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When Snails Lose Their Way

There are happy snails. There are lonely snails. And there are lost snails. This one is lost. Totally. But it sings.
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There's No Longer A Doubt About This Cutthroat Trout

After learning that they'd spent decades restocking Colorado's lakes and streams with the wrong fish, biologists are now ready to release the right one.
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Rare Panda Triplets Born At South China Wildlife Park

Giant pandas are endangered and famously difficult to breed in captivity. Born last month, they're in good health. Survival rates for triplets have been historically low.
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Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

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.
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'Shark Week' Fuels Shark-Meat Feeding Frenzy At Restaurants

The craze to embrace all things shark during Discovery's "Shark Week" in August is exploding onto menus. But the hype doesn't hide the fact that many of these creatures are endangered.

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