Hank Green introduces us to 6 blood-drinking (or otherwise consuming) animals that you may not be aware of. Don’t freak out…
Remember, if you never take any risks, you might fade away. Tapir takes advice from the bird, the bear, the pig and others, but should she heed the recommendations? H/T Ze Frank
Although polar bears and grizzly bears aren’t all that similar and are definitely separate species, they can interbreed and create fertile offspring in the wild. Hank Green brings us the story of these misfit bears, which he likes to call grolar bears.
The lowly bedbug is making a huge comeback, its ranks swelled by worldwide bans on DDT and similar pesticides, as well as the uptick in global travel. MinuteEarth outlines the difficult quest to sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite.
Who is really served by the heavy-handed EPA bureaucrats? John Stossel examines a federal agency that’s running amok, going over the top to ridiculous lengths to enforce obscure legal mandates.
How do owls turn their heads around as much as 270 degrees? And what’s with their superpower hearing abilities? Emily Graslie, host of The Brain Scoop, shares the lowdown on these solitary, nocturnal creatures — sometimes feared by the superstitious, although also revered as wise and noble.
In nature, rare and endangered animals fight for their lives against poachers and predators. In publicly owned zoos, they face different but no-less lethal dangers: politics and budget woes. That problem will only get worse as local governments come to terms with decades of out-of-control spending and declining tax revenues.
For six years straight, notes Leonard Gilroy, the Reason Foundation’s director of government reform, cities have seen declines in overall revenues – and that situation isn’t expected improve dramatically anytime soon. In such an environment, says Gilroy, city governments rightly focus on core activities such as law enforcement and infrastructure. Given that public zoos on average get 40 percent of their budgets from taxes, shrinking public dollars means reducing operating hours, deferring maintenance, raising ticket prices, cutting education programs, and laying off workers.
The best solution? Privatize the zoos by turning over most or all of their operations to nonprofits and other groups that generally have more interest, resources and expertise in caring for animals and drawing crowds.