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At Risk

Conserving Cute

The human bias for all things cute is a boon for some species and a curse for others.

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This, That, React

First, we showed six people baby-animal videos. Then, we showed them something a bit different.

The Science of Cute

Being adorable is no accident.

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Looks Really Do Matter

Curiosity killed the cat, but cuteness sure helped these critters out.

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  2. Golden Lion Tamarin

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  3. Sea Otter

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  4. Dwarf Fox

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    Endangered No More

    In 2017, the IUCN downgraded the giant panda from endangered to vulnerable — great news for them and the world! With strong conservation and reforestation efforts in place, the monochromatic fuzzballs are staging a comeback.
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    Getting There

    Though still endangered, over 30 years of concerted conservation effort to save the adorable monkeys is paying off. Wild populations are being strengthened by intermixing captive-bred individuals and their numbers are on the rise.
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    Otterly Awesome

    Sea otters were hunted to extinction in British Columbia, Canada, until 89 were released by biologists in the 1970s. The population is holding steady at 5,000 and is now protected by several government initiatives.
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    Small But Mighty

    In the 1990s, these almost-too-cute Californian island foxes had dropped to catastrophically low numbers. A few years later, a multi-pronged conservation effort led to one of the fastest recoveries ever.

Spotlight: The Ugly Animal Preservation Society

Biologist Simon Watt promotes the conservation of all creatures — even the really ugly ones.

Photo: Barry Thomas / flickr
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Hanging Out With a Hagfish

It's not going to win any beauty contests, but the hagfish is pretty amazing.

Don't Judge Any Animal By Its Cover

As soon as you know about some of the hagfish's superpowers, you'll want to make it your mascot.

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Be A Lifelong Ocean Learner

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Otters, Kelp and How We're All Connected

What happens when we save one species over another?

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I don’t have anything against pandas, but they do steal the limelight. The Ugly Animal Preservation Society aims to promote conservation but we also want to have fun, otherwise we'll lose all hope.

Simon Watt

If we only love the things which appeal to us on a shallow level... and don't take in the weirdness and complexity of the world as well, we're missing something as a society.

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It might well be monstrous, but that does not mean that it isn’t marvelous.

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

Stand-up comedy with a conservation twist.

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In Your Face, Predators!

A hagfish under attack is a sticky situation — literally. They produce a goo that clogs a predator’s mouth and gills. The result? The predator spits out that hagfish post-haste. Yuck indeed!

Seasonal Sex Change

Young hagfish are hermaphrodites, meaning they have male and female sex organs. As they age, they switch sex back and forth, seemingly with the season.

I Will Survive

Hagfish are survivors. According to the fossil record, their anatomy has barely budged over the past 300 million years. What they lack in jaw and stomach, they make up for in heart. (They have three!)

Blind Taste Test

Hagfish are almost totally blind. They scavenge on dead marine life using four sets of feeling and smelling tentacles in their mouths.

Mini-Me

Hagfish skip the larval stage completely. When they hatch, they slither out looking like miniature adult hagfish.

Photo: Meighan Makarchuk
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