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30 Apr

$1.1 Billion Distributed to Preserve America's Wildlife and Natural Resources

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Pigeon guillemot with a small fish in its beak. Cepphus columba. Farallon Islands, California. Photo: Jeff Foott

It was reported today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that $1.1 billion in revenues generated through the hunting and angling industry will be distributed to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies throughout the nation, the Orange County Breeze reports.

California and Nevada will be the main beneficiaries of the funds, with over $63 million going to both states.

“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” Service Director Dan Ashe said in a Press Release. “But they are also the fuel for a massive financial engine that benefits outdoor recreationists, hunters, boaters and anglers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and local and regional economies. Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”

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25 Mar

Punxsutawney Phil's March Mayhem Bracket Might be Better Than Yours

 

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Chances are, even if you aren't a huge college basketball fan, you still filled out a March Madness bracket. And chances are somewhere down the road one of your "for sure" picks was busted due to a Cinderella upset.

So, what if we told you that famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil might be better at picking who will make it to the "big dance" than you? Because when Phil filled out his Allstate March Mayhem Challenge bracket, he definitely went for the upsets and correctly picked UAB's win over Iowa State. He's also one of the few 7.7 percent predicting a West Virginia win over Kentucky. Will he be correct?

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20 Mar

Baby Elephant Taking a Bath Can't Even...

 

We came across this video of a baby elephant having a blast during bath time at an elephant conservation village in Thailand. To truly understand how much fun this young elephant is having, let's walk you through the video.

  1. Baby elephant tests the water, with encouragement from mom.

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  2. Time to dive in, head first!

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  3. I've fallen and I can't get up!

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  4. HALP.

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  5. Gimme that hose.

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  6. Bellyflop!

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  7. This bathtub just became a toilet. Whoops, too much fun!

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  8. Hey, who else wants a bath?

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And if you need more adorable baby elephants, check this out!

 

19 Mar

Dig Deeper Into Ice Cold Gold With Interactive Episode Journals

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Before you tune into Ice Cold Gold tonight at 10/9c, be sure to check out our new interactive episode journals, cataloging the journeys of Sixty Degrees Resources this season. 

Not only do these episode journals follow the journey, they also grant you access to exclusive new content. Ranging from time lapses capturing the serene beauty of Greenland, to videos capturing behind-the-scenes moments from the show. This exclusive content will feature items we couldn't show you on air.

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17 Mar

Family Rescues Magpie, Treated to a Forever Friend

 

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While most families might have a dog or cat for a pet, the Bloom family of Sydney, Australia, has a different sort of animal friend: a magpie.

 

A photo posted by Penguin Bloom (@penguinthemagpie) on Jan 16, 2015 at 2:23am PST

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17 Mar

Squirrel Takes Leap of Faith

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Not every day do you see a flying squirrel. Not every day do you see a grey squirrel do a flying squirrel impression. It just goes to show, when you really want something, you get it. Take this squirrel for instance...

 Watch Animal Planet LIVE's Wild Birds Cam (where squirrels often make cameo appearances)!

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13 Mar

Behind the Scenes: The Taylors' Dream Pool

Contributed by Celeste Gruenstein of Décor Direct-Sarasota, FL

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The Taylors wanted a backyard pool zone that included elements to support their desire to enjoy a healthy lifestyle in their retirement.  So, for this build, we used Decor Direct's reclaimed furniture and art to create a  naturally balanced setting to enjoy their garden, therapy pool & spa.

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We used one of Decor Direct's reclaimed slab harvest style tables by the garden area. This is the perfect workstation to harvest and prep their organic produce.  They can sit and sample their veggies at the large teak bar constructed of reclaimed and re-purposed parts of old tools and salvaged wheels. The bar area also provides a spot to enjoy the undeveloped pastoral land that surrounds the property.  

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11 Mar

Coolest Lizard EVER Jams on a Leaf Guitar

WE WANT AN ENCORE!

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Photographer Aditya Permana stumbled upon a forest dragon lizard in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, strumming away at his guitar leaf. Permana watched the lizard for an hour before getting the shot, according to a Huffington Post article.

Word is out that people are asking for the lizard to perform at Coachella, Bonaroo and Firefly Festival this summer. JUST KIDDING!

Watch More Preposterous Pets Videos on AnimalPlanet.com!

4 Mar

Listen Up to Ramsey the Talking Husky Puppy (VIDEO)

HuskyHuskies are great. Puppies are great. Talking Husky puppies are the BEST! Listen to our furry friend, Ramsey, use his best speaking voice.

Apparently, Ramsey had just received a scolding for eating another dog's food. Maybe he just was just sticking up for himself!

Check out how adorably talkative he is in the video below!

 Is that a husky puppy or a hairy child?

Turns out Ramsey isn't the ONLY vocal Husky!

LEARN MORE ABOUT HUSKIES on AnimalPlanet.com!

3 Mar

Go on a Virtual Safari to Celebrate World Wildlife Day

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At Animal Planet, there’s something wild inside us all. A sort of primal yearning that drives us to connect with the natural world. For many of us that means sharing our homes with “wild things” like Mr. Pouncy Pants, Rover or Nemo. Others develop and create inspiring animal content, volunteer at wildlife rehabilitation centers, lobby for better animal welfare laws and promote animal adoption. We all have different ways of expressing our appreciation for the wild world we love so much. 

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 In celebration of World Wildlife Day, go on a virtual safari to the Okavango Delta with one of our employees . . . and get in touch with your inner wild.   

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