The Weekly Round Up: December 25-31

see url Happy New Years Eve!  It’s the end of 2016, and oddly enough we’re ending on a Round Up.  What I could do in this situation, if forethought was a strong suit of mine, is do a 2016 Round Up for you all.  Unfortunately, that is not a skill I have (plus, the internet is already chock full of 2016 lists, and I don’t want to talk about Harambe ever again).  So instead, here’s what happened this week.  We’ve got China banning the ivory trade, a happy elephant, and catty bats.  So let’s dive in!

go to site More than 20,000 dead sea creatures wash ashore in Nova Scotia

People buy Christmas presents for Albuquerque zoo animals

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China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017

Ants craft tiny sponges to dip into honey and carry it home

Barack Obama designates two national monuments in west despite opposition

Cheetah “more vulnerable to extinction than previously thought”

Christmas joy for the world’s unluckiest elephant after decades in captivity

New estimate: There are over 18,000 bird species on Earth

Sea Shepherd and the Mexican Navy team up to nab poachers

And finally, When bats squeak, they tend to squabble

That’s it for this week’s Round Up though, be sure to comment below with your thoughts and opinions, or if we missed any major environmental news this week!