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Toys'R'Us® and African Wildlife Foundation Join Forces to Promote Conservation Education in Celebration of World Giraffe Day

Young giraffe with adult in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has announced, on World Giraffe Day, a new partnership with Toys"R"Us®, the world's leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, to support conservation education for students living near critical giraffe habitats in East Africa. Fresh off its campaign and conservation efforts tied to "April the Giraffe," whose pregnancy journey and birth of Tajiri received more than 232 million live views online1, Toys"R"Us and the African conservation organization will provide students at AWF-supported schools in Tanzania and Uganda with opportunities to learn about their natural environment and local wildlife, including specific subspecies of giraffe. The partnership will support talks and activities led by wildlife rangers, such as animal footprint tracking, as well as hands-on lessons on identifying local plant and wildlife species. Students will also embark on field trips into national parks.

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This Couple is Saving the Great Apes, Strengthening African Communities, and Redefining Charitable Giving

Children of ConservationMichele and Kerry Stumpe are based in Atlanta, but their hearts are with the people and animals of Africa. The married couple has found a way to save endangered animals like elephants, chimpanzees, and gorillas by improving the lives of the African children who live right next to them, through their organization, Children of Conservation.

Netflix and its upcoming documentary, "Bubbles," along with the eagerly anticipated summer release of the latest "Planet of the Apes," are reflections of our growing fascination with our closest relatives in the animal world. In fact, 20th Century Fox has partnered with the Jane Goodall Institute to provide care for rescued chimpanzees in honor of the latest installment of the film franchise, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, due out July 14.

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Eyes in the Sky Reveal Extent of Gray Seal Recovery

Duke University-led studies confirm that gray seals are making a comeback off the New England and eastern Canadian coasts.Using research drones, thermal cameras and free images from Google Earth, two Duke University-led studies confirm that gray seals are making a comeback off the New England and eastern Canadian coasts.
 
The findings help confirm that seal conservation efforts are working, and that these remote eye-in-the sky technologies make it easier and safer for scientists to study migratory wildlife in remote locations and estimate their numbers accurately.

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Duke University Dining Earns a Gold by Going Green

Duke is also one of 13 universities in the country – and three in the southeast – to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as only serving sustainable seafood.

Duke Dining’s sustainable procurement plan receives top honor

For Marcus Carson, Duke Dining’s sustainability and quality assurance manager, a good cup of coffee isn’t enough.

If it’s certified organic, fair trade and bird friendly, that’s a start. But if it’s going to be sustainable enough to be served in Duke-run dining facilities in the future, Carson has a few more questions.

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Bee Buzzes Could Help Determine How to Save their Decreasing Population

Bombus balteatus queen collecting nectar from the alpine clover, Trifolium parryi. The buzzes of bees flying from flower to flower tell scientists how much pollination the clover population is getting over time and predict seed production in these alpine wildflowers. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Geib, Appalachian State University According to recent studies, declines in wild and managed bee populations threaten the pollination of flowers in more than 85 percent of flowering plants and 75 percent of agricultural crops worldwide. Widespread and effective monitoring of bee populations could lead to better management; however, tracking bees is tricky and costly. Now, a research team led by the University of Missouri has developed an inexpensive acoustic listening system using data from small microphones in the field to monitor bees in flight. The study, published in PLOS ONE, shows how farmers could use the technology to monitor pollination and increase food production.

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