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Endangered: Animals And Zoos Fighting For Survival

We talk with the head of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute about the future of zoos and their links to conservation.

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Catoctin Zoo Defends Record In The Face Of Complaint

Officials at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve are eschewing complaints from one zoo goer that the zoo is no properly caring for its animals. 

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National Zoo Shows Off 'Animaletes'

The Smithsonian National Zoo is hosting the "National Zoo Games" for several of the park's creatures to coincide with the opening of the summer Olympic Games in London tomorrow.

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Furry Lobbyists Capture Hearts On Capitol Hill

A pack of pooches looking for a home took to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to melt some cold Congressional hearts and raise awareness about animals in need of permanent homes.

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Maryland Black Bear Population Rises, As Will Hunting Limits

Black bear populations in portions of southern Maryland have doubled since 2005, and

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National Zoo Hatches A Pair Of Cuban Crocodiles

With less than 4,000 Cuban crocodiles left in the wild, it was a big achievement this month when the National Zoo hatched a pair of males, for the first time in a quarter century.

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Terrible Virus, Fascinating History In 'Rabid'

Journalist Bill Wasik and his veterinarian wife, Monica Murphy, have teamed up for a new book on the cultural and scientific history of rabies. Rabies causes terrible suffering — but it's fascinating to examine the way the virus is perfectly engineered to spread itself.
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Pot Growers May Be Killing Rare Creatures With Poison, Researchers Say

The fisher, a weasel-like animal, is already a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Now, researchers have evidence that the animals have been exposed to lethal poison used by power growers to protect their plants from animals.
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Montana Extends Wolf Hunting Season

Wolf hunting is legal in Montana but the population has continued to grow dramatically. So wildlife officials are doing away with the statewide kill limit, and nearly doubling the length of the season. The newly expanded season begins Sept. 1 and runs through the end of February.

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