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By all means, see the world’s wildlife – just make sure you’re respectful and responsible. Maridav/Shutterstock

Five ways to be a responsible wildlife tourist

Seeing wild animals can be the highlight of a holiday, and help pay for conservation efforts too, but we have to respect the animals.
Oh-so-cute raccoons can carry diseases and also fight with pets. If you don’t want raccoons around, minimize food sources such as bird seed. Nancy Salmon/Shutterstock.com

How to handle raccoons, snakes and other critters in your yard (hint: not with a thermos)

As humans encroach on wildlife habitats, it's only natural that wildlife come into yards and playgrounds. Here are some tips to peacefully coexist, or to keep critters away if you don't want that.
Tigers have whisker hairs even on their front legs and chin! thedigme/flickr

Curious Kids: why do tigers have whiskers?

Whiskers are not just ordinary hairs. They are thicker and go deeper into the tiger's skin and send messages to its brain about what is happening in the world around it.
Once cubs in captivity get too big to be stroked and cuddled by tourists, they’re sold into the canned hunting and Asian bone trade industries. Shutterstock

South Africa kicks the can down the road on captive predator breeding

While the international conservation community unites against the captive breeding of big cats in South Africa, the government stalls.
Scientists are raising Miami blue butterflies in captivity and reintroducing them in south Florida. Jeff Gage/Florida Museum of Natural History

Live cargo: How scientists pack butterflies, frogs and sea turtles for safe travels

How do you pack butterflies for shipping, or frogs for an overland hike to a new habitat? Three scientists explain how they keep threatened species safe on the road and in the air.

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