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Origami Owlets and Other Foldable Creature Cuteness

•, By Daniela Hernandez

Wildlife biologist Bernie Peyton has been working with origami for more than 50 years, almost as long as he's been interested in conservation. Peyton, who has a doctorate in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, wants to enliven environmental issues for the masses, and origami, he says, appeals to people of all ages.

"I write a lot of boring [academic] articles nobody reads, but conservation also has to appeal to the emotional side," Peyton told Wired. "That's why I do art."

He chose origami because its fragility complements "the ephemeral nature of our world," he said. Plus, he uses his experience as a field biologist to inform how he molds paper into cacti, bears, kangaroo rats, snakes and polar bears, all of which he's spent considerable time with.

"I don't fold anything I don't have a personal experience with," he said.

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