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‘The Lion King’ Official Trailer Released!

Hakuna matata! Disney fans rejoice, for the studio just dropped the first full trailer for The Lion King which showcases more glorious live action shots of the animated classic. The animation looks beautiful, rendering characters like Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Timone, and Pumba as realistic animals in all their glory. Speaking of Scar, we finally get to hear him speak and he looks glorious, creepy while retaining the slimy menace that made the original such a beloved Disney villain.


The menacing Scar, a scraggily lion towers over a hyena against an African rocky backdrop

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Other tantalizing images include glimpses of a young Simba exploring his kingdom, including chasing a stag beetle around, as well as glimpses of Nala, Rafiki, Zazu, and the iconic duo of everyone’s favorite duo: Timone and Pumba. Iconic shots from the original look to be recreated exactly, including the sequence where Simba grows from cub to adult and the wildebeest stampede. Speaking of, we don’t know if we can relive Mufasa’s death in live action, especially with James Earl Jones returning to once again voice the lion.

Speaking of the cast, this one is very promising, a mix of iconic talent with Donald Glover as Simba (as well as JD McCrary as his younger self), Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, Beyonce as Nala, John Kani as Rafiki, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and John Oliver as Zazu. The trailer itself is set to the spine tingling score of the original, punctuated by Mufas’s narration and utterly breathtaking cinematography.

This one is a must see for sure. Are you excited? The Lion King roars into theaters July 19th.


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Chelsea Clinton to Release New Book About Endangered Animals

Chelsea Clinton’s next step as a children’s author is to promote the plight of endangered animals.


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The daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton is the author of It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World and Start Now! You Can Make a Difference.


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Penguin Young Readers have announced that she will be collaborating with illustrator Gianna Marino. The book is titled Don’t Let Them Disappear and is to be released on April 2nd. The book will feature a variety of animals like elephants, whales, tigers and many more and how to contribute to saving their lives.



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The Lorax

Scientists Discover the Animal that Inspired Dr. Seuss’s ‘The Lorax’

Dr. Seuss’ colorful imagination and memorable stories have entertained readers for generations. The author is widely known for his ability to create a variety of quirky characters and therefore when it came came to the iconic orange Lorax, many readers may have assumed that the inspiration came from the author’s own head. But, researchers say differently.


Researchers believe they have found the inspiration behind the Lorax: the Patas monkey.



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In a report published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers explain how they pieced together the fascinating backstory behind Dr. Seuss’ recognizable character.


While doing research in Kenya anthropologist Nathaniel Dominy came across the Patas monkeys and was struck by their similarity to Seuss’ the Lorax. During a formal dinner, Dominy informed his colleague Donald Pease about this resemblance. Pease, the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor at Dartmouth, revealed that Dr. Seuss lived in Kenya the 1970’s, during which he wrote 90% of The Lorax. 



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Throughout their research, the team found out that a physical resemblance was not all that the Lorax and the Patas monkey shared. Like the Lorax, Patas monkeys have a strong connection to trees and depend on the whistling thorn acacia tree for food. After similar traits seemed to line up, the duo were able to get a more accurate assessment with the help of facial recognition used by anthropologist James Higham. Unsurprisingly, the results confirmed their suspicions.


“These findings support our hypothesis that Geisel drew inspiration from a cercopithecine monkey and its ecology,” their study states. “When put together with the fact that the book was written while on safari in Kenya, the coincidence seems striking.”


While their findings help to put an end to the mystery behind Dr. Seuss’ beloved character, it offers something greater for the researchers.


“It would be great if this work raises visibility for this animal and the ecosystem,” says Dominy. “If people are more conscious about it, that could encourage more conservation.”



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Jane Goodall

10 Quotes From the Remarkable Jane Goodall

One of the most rare and beautiful human beings the world has ever known is Jane Goodall. The primatologist and anthropologist has been an important figure to me since I was young. I can recall dressing up as her for career day in third grade wearing a safari hat and donning a hanging pink Velcro monkey around my neck. To me she was and still is the greatest. But she’s so much more than the woman with the chimps. Jane Goodall has devoted her life to activism, science, primates, and making the world a place where everyone and everything can coexist. She wants us to try our best and then go further.



1. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”


2. “In what terms should we think of these beings, nonhuman yet possessing so very many human-like characteristics? How should we treat them? Surely we should treat them with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so too should we recognize the rights of the great apes? Yes.” 


3. “We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place–or not to bother”


4. “Only if we understand, can we care. Only if we care, we will help. Only if we help, we shall be saved.”


5. “The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.”


6. “Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don’t believe is right. ”


7. “A sense of calm came over me. More and more often I found myself thinking, “This is where I belong. This is what I came into this world to do.”


8. “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”


9. “I think the best evenings are when we have messages, things that make us think, but we can also laugh and enjoy each other’s company. ”


10. “It is these undeniable qualities of human love and compassion and self-sacrifice that give me hope for the future. We are, indeed, often cruel and evil. Nobody can deny this. We gang up on each one another, we torture each other, with words as well as deeds, we fight, we kill. But we are also capable of the most noble, generous, and heroic behavior.”







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Animal book

This Book Shows Us How Animals Would Look If Humans Weren’t Here

There’s nothing that brings out my inner child more than dinosaurs. I want it all from facts and stories to pictures and movies; something about the species from millions of years ago is beyond interesting. Before humans were running rampant the world was a pretty crazy place full of pretty crazy creatures.


'After Man'

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We basically know what the world looked like before us two-legged folks were present. However, paleontologist Dougal Dixon’s 1981 book After Man: A Zoology of the Future gives us a look into what our planet’s creatures would look like if we became extinct (sort of). It’s a scary thought indeed, but the book is now released in a new edition with more images. Now, what’s hard to imagine is actually pretty damn cool. Dixon recently sat down to speak with The Verge about what he wants people to know about his book thirty years later. He explains that he doesn’t want this book to be another gloomy prediction for the world; it’s something different.


It’s not about the extinction of man, it’s not a doom-laden thing… It’s showing that life goes on and it doesn’t matter how much damage we do. The Earth will survive and will be repopulated. It’s a note of positivity rather than a note of gloom.


Dixon continues to explain how he got this idea in the first place. He recalls a time when conservationists were urging everyone to help save tigers from extinction. While most people were fighting for the cause, Dixon’s father had a different point of view:


‘Why the save the tiger? If the tiger becomes extinct, something will evolve to take its place. That’s how evolution works.’ And I thought at the time, that’s a very unconstructive attitude. As time went, studying biology, I realized that was actually the case. Things become extinct, other things evolve to take their place. So I used to think about what animal life might be like in the future.


I feel like, in a way, Dixon creates a valid point. Should humans step in or should nature take its course? Check out the images below of what could be if we weren’t around to step in:


'After Man'

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For the rest of Dixon’s interview, check it out here!


'After Man'



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