Good Animal News

Celebrating positive news about animals making a difference for people — and people making a difference for animals

A veterinarian at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute holds six black-footed ferret kits in their hands

New litter of endangered black-footed ferrets born in DC — and you can livestream them cuddling

Once thought to be extinct, black-footed ferrets are making a comeback.
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A baby olive ridley turtle walking on wet sand

With a 53% increase in eggs, these turtles just broke a 4-year record — thanks to conservation efforts in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has seen the highest number of olive ridley turtle eggs this year thanks to extensive conservation action across beaches and a local awareness program.
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A horned, brown European bison photographed against a snowy backdrop in Ukraine, with a tree branch in the forefront.

Study finds that a herd of bison could help store the CO2 equivalent of 40K cars — here's how

A Yale study found that rewilding a herd of bison helped store 54 thousand tons of carbon annually, highlighting how animals play a significant role in carbon capture.
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A photo collage of Elmo, a mound of salt grain, a bear cub, a man in a tractor, and a woman on a wheelchair

Good News This Week: May 11, 2024 - Dogs, Batteries, & Elmo

Your weekly roundup of the best good news worth celebrating...
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A Hipposideros fuliginosus, one of the bat species found on farms in Cameroon

Environmental milestone: Tall trees and shade on cocoa farms prove crucial for bat conservation

Insect-eating bats prefer cocoa farms that retain large, old-growth trees that mimic the natural forest conditions.
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A large flock of American white pelicans on a beach

Pelicans are nesting on this Great Salt Lake island for the first time since 1943

For the first time since 1943, groups of American white pelicans are once again nesting on a small island in Utah's Great Salt Lake.
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From left to right: a baby black bear, a pronghorn antelope, and a red-tailed hawk.

A San Francisco-sized piece of land has been preserved; protecting roaming black bears, antelope, and red tailed hawks

The second largest land easement in the country blocks any future development on a huge swath of grasslands and pastures in San Luis Obispo County, California.
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A wetland at dawn

New study: Nature conservation actually works, and we're getting better at it

Global biodiversity is decreasing and has been for some time. Is anything we are doing to reverse this trend effective?
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Small fish swim among eelgrass

Good news: Restoring coastal habitat boosts wildlife numbers by 61% – but we can still improve further

Healthy coastal habitats are the gift that keeps on giving. We need them back, so there’s a lot of enthusiasm for restoring these habitats. But we want to recover more than just the habitats. We want the animals they support too.
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An armadillo walking on the ground

What are armadillos good for? They're actually good neighbors

Despite their reputation as destructive pests, new research reveals that armadillos support dozens of other species — including, possibly, humans.
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A photo collage of mangroves, the American Climate Corps logo, a street sign about penguins crossing, a mother holding her baby on her lap, and a Brightline train

Good News This Week: April 27, 2024 - Birds, Trains, & Mosquito Nets

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A western red colobus monkey

This 'cacao project' boosts livelihoods and buffers biodiversity in Sierra Leone

A shade-grown cacao plantations project provides wildlife refuge while generating income for cacao farmers in the Gola rainforest in West Africa.
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