• Animal Life: Louisiana Black Bears

    4 monthes ago - By WWNO

    If you drive west on Highway 90 you might notice bear crossing signs. That's right, bears. The large but gentle Louisiana Black Bear is our official state mammal. They were once common in the Lower Mississippi Valley and Atchafalaya Basin region, but habitat loss and over hunting have reduced the population to about 300. In 1992 they were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Today, Louisiana black bears are on a path to recovery thanks to increased awareness and local conservation efforts. Every year thousands of people attend the Bayou Teche Bear Festival in...
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  • Animal Life: Taking Refuge At Animal Sanctuaries

    4 monthes ago - By WWNO

    Life is stressful. Luckily, Louisiana is home to several animal sanctuaries where you yourself can go to take refuge. Take Avery Island - it's more than just Tabasco! Each spring, thousands of Snowy Egrets nest in the island's bird sanctuary. The egrets settle on piers in a pond nicknamed “Bird City.” Another option is Chimp Haven in North Louisiana. This sanctuary provides humane care for chimpanzees that have previously been used for biomedical research. The Haven is not open to the public on a regular basis, but they do offer educational discovery days when guests can observe...
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