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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 Jane Goodall Quotes to Help Us Remember Koko

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 wanted us to try our best and then go further.


This week Koko the gorilla, who is known for having mastered a modified version of American Sign Language, passed away at the ripe age of forty-six. Heartfelt messages came pouring out for Koko and reminded many that these are not “just animals”. Since Koko could only sign, we don’t have many direct quotes from her, so instead here are ten quotes from Jane Goodall, who gives a voice to primates. 


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.


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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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Fish Fart

The Latest Book You Didn’t Know You Needed: ‘Does It Fart?’

Books broaden our horizons. You can learn practically anything from a book, including things you probably didn’t realize you wanted to know. For example, which animals fart?


Look no further! Does It Fart?: The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence can answer that for you. The 133-page illustrated book came out last week and provides the details for how creatures all across the animal kingdom pass gas.  The idea for the book came about when the brother of the book’s co-author Dani Rabaiotti, a PhD zoology student at the Zoological Society of London, asked whether or not snakes fart. Rabaiotti, not knowing the answer, took the question to Twitter. Virginia Tech ecologist Nick Caruso saw the question and decided to create the hashtag #DoesItFart. Although Rabaiotti and Caruso have never met in person, the Twitter conversation prompted them to write Does It Fart? together.  It is illustrated by Ethan Kocak.


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Fart, of course, is not a scientific term, so for the purposes of this book, the authors have decided to define it as gas that comes out of the end of an animal that is opposite from its mouth. This includes animals that produce gas as a by-product of digestion (such as humans, horses, elephants, and even whales), animals that suck in and expel air (such as the Sonoran Coralsnake), and animals that produce fart-like expulsions (such as octopuses, which expel a jet of water in order to propel themselves). 


And no, not all animals break wind. Sloths have such slow digestion that they would get sick if gas was allowed to build up. Bats have also never been observed farting, perhaps for the opposite reason: they digest their food so quickly that there isn’t time for a fart to form.


Other animals can fart but often hold their farts in until the proper moment.  Manatees, for example, use the gas to help keep themselves buoyant and will often pass gas before diving into the water. Herring, on the other hand, use farts to communicate with each other.


So if you are interested in learning even more about the wide world of animal flatulence, pick up a copy. The book is available now. Find it here on Amazon.


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