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March 5, 2015 9 Comments

Ringling Bros. Circus Says No More Elephants

The parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says it will phase out elephants over the next three years.

February 19, 2015 2 Comments

Are Chimpanzees Bilingual?

When Frek the chimp and eights of his friends moved from a Dutch zoo to a Scottish zoo, their address wasn’t the only thing that changed.

January 27, 2015 Comment

Russian Conservationist Optimistic About Tiger Repopulation

A young female tiger has been rehabilitated and released back into the wild, after she was found starving and frostbitten in 2012.

January 13, 2015 3 Comments

Animal DNA Helping To Solve Crimes

The emerging field of animal forensics uses the DNA left at crime scenes by animals — in the form of drool, dander and feces — to solve human crimes.

December 24, 2014 Comment

A Dwarf Elephant With Outsized Attitude

Despite being a mere 5-feet tall, this dwarf elephant is quite feisty.

December 2, 2014 5 Comments

Conservationists Battle To Save The Vaquita, A Rare Porpoise

Time is running out to save the world’s smallest and most critically-endangered marine mammal. It’s estimated there are only 100 left.

November 13, 2014 Comment

Myanmar Elephants’ Rights Threatened By Democracy

As Myanmar starts to rely on more modern construction equipment, what happens to the elephants that used to do the work?

November 6, 2014 Comment

Pale Male Still The Bird King Of Central Park

The red-tailed hawk has been spotted in and around New York City’s Central Park since the early 1990s, and is still flying high.

September 23, 2014 7 Comments

Black Bear Kills Rutgers Student During Hike

Here & Now’s animal expert on what to do when you encounter a bear and the frequency of bear attacks.

September 11, 2014 Comment

New App Helps Save and Identify Whales

A new app that can be used to identify and track whales is now available to the public.

September 9, 2014 46 Comments

How Should We Talk About Animal Emotions?

Studies show animals do experience emotions. So why don’t we use the language of human emotions to describe what animals feel?

August 15, 2014 8 Comments

Facing Backlash, SeaWorld Expands Killer Whale Habitats

SeaWorld has faced criticism over its treatment of captive killer whales since the release of the documentary, “Blackfish.”

August 4, 2014 12 Comments

World’s Only Captive Hyena Colony Scheduled To Close

After 30 years, funding for California research colony – the only of its kind in the world – has run out.

July 4, 2014 Comment

Critter Cams Viewers Becoming Citizen Scientists

Animal enthusiasts monitoring “critter cams” from the comfort of their couch are helping scientists catalog never-before-seen animal behavior.

March 31, 2014 Comment

Sea Turtle’s Amazing Journey By Sea And By Air

A story of how one sea turtle escaped certain death in the cold waters of New England.

February 10, 2014 2 Comments

Copenhagen Zoo Criticized For Giraffe Killing

Saying it needed to prevent inbreeding, the zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors, including children, watched.

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Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

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Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.