Bamboo, one of two elephants at Woodland Park Zoo, will be leaving with Chai.
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Sanctuary Or Zoo: Seattle Elephant Lovers Debate Their Case

This story begins at Amboseli National Park in Kenya in 1987. A young woman named Nancy Hawkes, who would later become general curator at the Woodland Park Zoo, was there researching animal behavior. She climbed into her tent for the night and stared up at the electric stars through the mosquito net ceiling. Then she sensed something stir outside her tent.
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Pope Francis over the weekend became the first pontiff to hold a private meeting with a transgender person. It’s one of many firsts for Pope Francis that have been seen as promoting greater inclusiveness in the church.

But what about women in the church? According to a Georgetown University study, 72 percent of nuns in the U.S. have left the church in the last five decades, compared with 35 percent of priests.

Just six years ago, the Vatican’s launch of an investigation into American nuns sparked outrage, but the release of the report in December was more warmly received.

It’s a Cinderella story, or in Russian, a Zolushka story. A young female tiger name Zolushka has been rehabilitated and released back into the wild, after she was found alone, starving and frostbitten in 2012.

She is in the Far East region of Russia, which is formally tiger territory, and it looks like she may have found her mate.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson gets details from Vicki Croke, of WBUR’s The Wild Life blog.

When police are called to a report of domestic abuse, often someone goes to jail.

Opponents of a gay rights measure in Idaho are highlighting what they call the “bathroom” problem.

Gov. Jay Inslee has been pushing for a “polluters pay” carbon reduction plan for the majority of his time in office. Tuesday marked the first time that plan went before the state legislature, when the House Environment Committee held a hearing of HB 1314. The bill, which was drafted by the governor’s office, has 37 sponsors, all Democrats.

Carl Krawitt has watched his son, Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the past 4 1/2 years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year he finished chemotherapy, and doctors say he is in remission.

Now, there's a new threat, one that the family should not have to worry about: measles.

Lunchtime for these ... um, lemurs

Jan 27, 2015
Reuters/China Daily

You'll be forgiven for taking a second look at these fuzzy creatures. No, that's not some creepy spider. It's nine playful lemurs chowing down on lunch at the Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in the northeast of China.

The First Time My Mother Lied To Me

Jan 27, 2015
Storyteller Silas Lindenstein, center, with his parents at his high school graduation in Massachusetts.
Courtesy Silas Lindenstein

It was summer of 1992, and I had just graduated from high school in a small town, Millis, Massachusetts, where I had been living with my mother and stepfather for the previous seven years.

I was flying out to California to go to college. When I got to California, I called my mother to let her know that I was there safe. And she commented that when I went down the airport terminal I never looked back once. And I didn’t.

Oregon could leapfrog Washington to have the highest state minimum wage in the country if the Democratically-controlled legislature approves a proposed increase.

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