The Friday Five: Conservation and nature stories from around the world that caught our eye this week

Sperm whale (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Sperm whale (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

November 18, 2016 | by Raechel Bonomo

Each week, countless inspiring and informative stories are published about conservation successes or new discoveries in nature and wildlife around the world. The Friday Five is a weekly roundup of some of the conservation and nature stories that caught our attention the week of November 14, 2016.

The primate baby-sitters club

Having a great babysitter can make all the difference, and even chimpanzees need a break now and then. Research shows that chimpanzee mothers who have help from others can raise their offspring faster and more effectively. This leaves them more room for future reproduction.

Calling all sitters here >

Catching a new type of Pokémon

A study from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge is exploring whether or not the Pokémon app, which has more than 500 million downloads worldwide, can teach users a thing or two about natural history and conservation.

Catch the story here >

Snapping a candid shot of nature

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have released the winners of a contest that celebrates nature’s most candid moments. In addition to sparking laughter, the contest brings awareness of conservation issues through photography.

Get the full picture here >

Preparing the fleet in the name of conservation

Over the past year, marine biologist Michael Moore has been using a fleet of drones to capture images of whales in Massachusetts. The drones are used to monitor the whales' breathing patterns to better evaluate the health of the population.

Fly over to the story here >

A new type of retirement home

The Whale Sanctuary Project, a U.S.-based non-profit, is creating the first-ever retirement home for whales and dolphins. The sanctuary, located in British Columbia and Nova Scotia, will consist of a 64-acre (26-hectare) section of ocean, with facilities to house staff who will feed and provide health care for the marine mammals.

Learn more here >

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Raechel Bonomo is the manager, internal communications at the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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