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Heat Tolerant, Tough Teeth, Lots Of Milk — They're Supergoats!

A hardy breed is helping farmers in one Kenyan village cope with climate change — and put more food on the table.
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Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.
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How A Maryland Hatchery Is Helping Chesapeake Bay Oysters Bounce Back

A team at the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery in Maryland is fast at work on their mission to repopulate the Chesapeake Bay with nearly 1 billion oysters a year.

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SeaWorld Ads Counter Criticism Over Treatment Of Whales

SeaWorld has a new CEO and a new advertising campaign touting its care of killer whales. At the same time, a former orca trainer at the theme park has written a book criticizing his former employer.
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'Super-Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

In South Florida, the world's two most destructive termite species could be mating because of climate change. Researchers say if the hybrids colonize, they could pose an even greater economic threat.
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Should Fairfax Spray For Cankerworms? Butterfly Fans Say 'No'

The Fall Cankerworm is a pest that can kill deciduous trees with their constant feasting, but environmentalists and wildlife advocates are urging Fairfax County officials not to spray for then.

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Sea Turtles Test Urban Waters In Southern California 'Jacuzzi'

Even with the warm outflow from nearby power plants, the San Gabriel River's an odd new habitat choice. Volunteers and researchers are working to study and track the population that's popped up there.
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Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld disputes such claims and says it treats whales with respect.

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Phoenix Zoo Misidentifies Gender Of Andean Bear

For two years, the zoo said Luka was a male when the bear was really a female. The zoo explained that it's difficult to identify the sex of juvenile Andean bears.
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Record Number Of Stranded Sea Lion Pups Strains California Resources

An uptick in malnourished pups on the coast has rescue centers struggling to keep up. Changing weather patterns and warmer ocean waters could be to blame, but it's still too early to tell.

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