Cocoa beans in a cocoa pod. These are harvested to eventually make chocolate. (Photo via Agricultural Research Service)

Global food empowerment is on our plates, activists say

Going vegan in the 1980s was a much different experience than it is today — especially if you were in Texas.
Feb 4, 2014
Zaraal, a snow leopard in the South Gobi desert of Mongolia. (Photo by Orjan Johansson)

Local love for the world’s cutest (and most endangered) cats

Four decades on, a new generation of Seattleites continues efforts to protect Central Asia’s snow leopards.
Jan 8, 2014
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Hanging with sloths inspires teen author

Captivated by what she saw in an online video, a Lakeside School student travels to Suriname to learn more about protecting sloths and writes a book.
Oct 25, 2013
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Cat competition shows off breeds from around the world

The International Cat Association’s (TICA) cat show and competition was this weekend and yes, you probably missed it. 
Sep 2, 2013
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Passion for pigeons unites NW natives and new immigrants

Eagles are majestic. Doves are romantic. Pigeons, with their tatty wings and street-living ways, are seen by many as dumb and dirty, referred to as the “rats of the sky.” But if you ever met a sleek-feathered, iridescent-colored, sharp-eyed racing pigeon, you’d never think of his cousin—that humble creature eating bread crusts in Pioneer Square—the […]
Jan 11, 2013
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Exotic animals symbolize luxury in Lebanon’s illegal trade

Grey parrots and vervet monkeys mingle with cats, dogs and hamsters in many of Lebanon’s pet shops, but if you want the really exciting animals, you have to ask behind the counter. Lions, panthers and bears—in fact many of the mascots from the American sports franchises—are just a few of the animals you can buy […]
Aug 13, 2012