10 Species You Can Kiss Goodbye


California Condor
A resident of the Grand Canyon area and the western coastal mountains of California, the carrion-eating California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) has a lifespan of 50 years, making it one of the world’s longest-living birds. Because of poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat loss, however, it’s also one of the world’s rarest bird species–one that was almost wiped out completely in the 1980s. With the help of conservation efforts, 332 condors are now known to exist, including 152 in the wild.


Ganges Shark
This rare and elusive species of shark (Glyphis gangeticus) makes its home in India’s Ganges River, where it has a reputation as a man-eater, although people may be confusing it with the more dangerous bull shark. One of 20 sharks on the IUCN’s Red List of endangered species, the Ganges shark is highly sought after for its oil. Rampant fishing, habitat degradation from pollution, and increasing river utilization, however, remain the primary causes for its rapid disappearance.


Top 10 Tips For Adopting The Right Dog For You

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So how do you do it? Here are their Top 10 tips for adopting a dog succesfully:

1. Consider your lifestyle.
This is the single most important factor in determining what kind of dog will match you or your family the best, says Saunders. How much time do you have to spend with a dog – are you a busy, single person with an active social life, or are you a homebody with tons of time to give to your dog? a”All kinds of lifestyles can accommodate a dog, but there’s a huge difference between adopting a puppy who’s not housetrained and needs lots of exercise versus a more senior pet who’s more willing to hang out and sleep while you’re out,” she says. Consider energy levels, size and, of course, expense. Food, grooming and routine veterinary care, as well as emergencies, all add up. Also important to note: Some dogs are easier to train than others. “Terriers are known for being tenacious and stubborn,” says Saunders. “For a brand-new pet parent with no dog experience, that can be a challenge. They might want to stick to a dog that doesn’t have as challenging a temperament.”

2. Consider your children.
For families with kids under 7 Sternberg strongly recommends having a professional trainer accompany you to help pick out a dog “with the right temperament” at a shelter or rescue group . She notes that children between the ages of 2 and 7 are the largest population to suffer dog bites.

3. Choose a shelter wisely.
Ideally, you’ll want time and space to interact with a dog you’re considering taking home, says Sternberg. Visit your local shelters or animal rescue group, and try not to judge a facility from its exterior or discriminate between a “no-kill” shelter that doesn’t euthanize any dogs and a city shelter with a euthanasia policy. “One shelter’s euthanasia number is everyone’s euthanasia number,” says Sternberg. Be sure to walk around and look in every kennel. “Even if you think you’ve fallen in love with a dog in cage number four, walk all the way to the back to cage number 40,” says Sternberg.

Bow-Bow = How Are You

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Some tilt their heads. Others whine. No matter what they do, our dogs are pretty good at letting us know how they feel. Still, no matter how well we know our pets, we all wonder from time to time, “Just what is going on in that furry little head?”

We now have an answer, thanks to toy company TOMY’s latest invention, the Bowlingual Voice dog translator. The product of a collaboration between the Japan Acoustics Laboratory and veterinarian/author, Dr. Junichiro Nomura, the Bowlingual Voice analyzes a dog’s voiceprint and translates it into one of six emotions – happy, sad, frustrated, threatening, needy and assertive – in real time.

The two-piece system — it include a transmitter (to be worn around the dog’s neck) and a handheld unit — comes in green, pink and blue, and will retail for about $210 at pet shops and toy stores all over Japan beginning on Aug. 27. There are no plans for a U.S. release just yet.