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Mon April 7, 2014

Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 5:29 pm

Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood.
Courtesy of the artist

New Obama administration rules aimed at protecting African elephants are causing widespread anxiety in the music world. From country to classical, working musicians say the policy will make them think twice about touring abroad.

The proposed regulations would place a near-total ban on anything made with ivory moving in and out of the U.S.

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Fri June 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Rule Would List All Chimps As Endangered, Even Lab Animals

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 7:45 am

Chimpanzee Toni celebrated his 50th birthday at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich on Nov. 22, 2011.
Sven Hoppe DPA/Landov

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a new rule that would extend "endangered species" protections to chimpanzees held in captivity. Nearly half of all the chimps in the U.S. live in research facilities, and the regulation changes would make it more difficult to use these animals in medical experiments.

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Fri May 3, 2013

Missouri River Home To Endangered Pallid Sturgeon

The pallid sturgeon is sometimes called a modern dinosaur. Fossils show its ancestors were in fact alive at the time of the dinosaurs.
Grant Gerlock Harvest Public Media

More than 20 years after being listed as an endangered species, the pallid sturgeon is just treading water in the Missouri River. Thanks to an ongoing restocking program, the fish population is stable but not recovering.

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Mon April 22, 2013
Around the Nation

Jogging Banned From Baskett Slough Wildlife Refuge

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 8:18 am



Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Running can be good for you but apparently, is bad for animals. People who like to run through the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge were stunned by a new sign. According to the Statesman Journal, the signs at a trailhead there say: No Dogs, Horseback Riding and No Jogging. Hiking is apparently fine. Wildlife officials warn that running people can stress out the animals, and might even interfere with their breeding.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Wed February 27, 2013

PHOTO: Is That A Porcupine In A Tree?

Today we learned that porcupines are excellent tree climbers and spend most of their time up on the branches.
Credit Ann Hough, National Elk Refuge volunteer / USFWS