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3-28-19 A Red Wolf is a Red Wolf!

April 3, 2019
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3-28-19 The Academy of Sciences announces a red wolf is a distinct wolf species and is also distinct from grey wolves and coyotes. Read their summary here. Maybe this will finally settle the raging debate as to whether red wolves are a critically endangered canid or merely a hybrid of wolf & coyote. Why is…

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Creating a Red Wolf Sculpture

March 6, 2019
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A red wolf sculpture was not on our minds when we visited the NC Zoo last spring. But after seeing their red wolves for the first time, we learned the only wild red wolves in the entire world (yes, the entire world) live in our home state of North Carolina. And with less than 40…

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Misunderstood Opossums

February 27, 2019
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By Loti Woods When you were a kid, were you always the last to get picked for a sports game? I was. Now think about an opossum. It is probably the last animal you want in your yard? Right? But once you know more about opossums and how cool they are, they might become your…

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Extinct No More

February 21, 2019
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Giant Tortoise Discovered Extinct species? What do a giant tortoise and a giant bee have in common? They are both big? True, but even better, they both were thought to be extinct and have been newly discovered alive. How exciting! A Giant Tortoise on Fernandina Island in The Galapagos was discovered on Feb 17, 2019,…

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Wildlife Corridors. What & Why?

December 17, 2018
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New Bill Introduced Supporting Wildlife Corridors Great news for wildlife! A new bill has been introduced (12-6-18) in both the House & Senate to help animals migrate using wildlife corridors. The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018 would help improve habitat by helping to connect animal migration routes on federal lands. The bill also provides funding…

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World’s Most Mammals?

September 1, 2018
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Where can you find the most mammals in any single location on the planet? The answer is…in Bracken Cave. We recently visited the cave and were stunned by what we saw. Well, if you are looking for the highest concentration of mammals in the world, look no further. Seriously? We imagined the most mammals in…

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Red Wolves. Almost Extinct?

July 11, 2018
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How can we let red wolves, a North America native animal, go extinct in the wild again? Again? Well, it is a very long, complicated story with a happy ending.  Until about 10 years ago when everything changed. For an in-depth discussion of the history of the red wolf read Christian Hunt’s article “The Red Wolf of Yesterday, Today,…

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Helping the Underdog, Bold Life

July 6, 2018
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Hellbenders are definitely an underdog species. They are misunderstood and unfortunately losing the battle to thrive in our Western North Carolina streams. So we jump at the chance to bring more awareness to this magnificent creature. How might you ask? Bold Life magazine wants to do  an article called “Helping the Underdog” featuring us! You…

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Galapagos Animals, Oh My!

April 15, 2018
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Snorkeling with sea lions, penguins and sea turtles, oh my. Hiking with endemic Galapagos animals, including iguanas, beautiful birds, giant tortoises and more. If you have the chance to go to the Galapagos islands which are 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, go for it. You will not be disappointed. Every day is filled…

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Falling in Love

March 26, 2018
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Our Story Begins… Fate. Falling in love. A broken sculpture, a missed art opening, and a chance encounter. It sounds like a mystery. Hmmm. We hear so much about “it is meant to be”,  “things always have a way of working out”, and “as one door closes another opens”. In our case, it is all…

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