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Here's your Weekly Wildlife Wednesday for March 14th. As always, let us know what you think, and if there's anything you want to share or know about. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more :)
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Interact and engage live with expert safari guides in South Africa and Kenya every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 09:00-10:30 EST with SafariLIVE, live on the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival Facebook page.
Trump lifts ban on elephant and lion trophies. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the Trump administration has lifted the 2014 ban on importing exotic trophies, to include elephant tusks and lion skins, from certain countries and on an individual basis. Since we don't get political here, we'll let you draw your own conclusions from the announcement.
Amazing wildlife photo of the week: This Snowy Owl photo from nature photographer Kristen Nicholas is extra special because you get to see the owl's ears pushed up into little "horns". Super cute!
Scientists discover more than 1.5 million penguins! While using a drone, scientists found a penguin mega-colony they didn't know about on Antarctica's Danger Islands. More good news from the world of drones!
Direct-pay ecotourism has surprisingly big benefits. After a four year study in a protected area in Laos, they found that a direct-pay model of ecotourism - where local people are compensated for the amount of wildlife seen by tourists - has increased sightings of wildlife, helps reduce illegal hunting, and is helping fund local healthcare and education. Read more at WCS.
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