Conservation

European zoos take drastic steps to protect rhinos

Zoos In Czech Republic and Belgium are sawing off their rhinos' horns protect the animals, after poachers shot dead a white rhino in a French zoo. Other zoos may follow suit. But is this really the best solution?<p>On March 7, poachers broke through security barriers at a French zoo and killed a male …

Wildlife

Gorilla trekking in Uganda: How your encounter with wild apes helps protect them

<i>Over the last two and half decades, the combined mountain gorilla population of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Congo has increased to almost 900 from 620.</i> …

Gorillas

Alive Again, in Death

As British photographer Nick Brandt traveled through East Africa, he often found himself breathless at the scenes in front of him. It was not, however, the vista that took his breath away, but instead the evidence of what was missing, lost, and destroyed:<p>“So much of the African savannah, once …

Photography

Rescue dogs become K9 conservationists to deter Zambia poaching

Rescue dogs have taken center stage in the fight to protect wildlife from poachers in Zambia.<p>The Working Dogs for Conservation program has trained …

Wildlife

Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

By a largely party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate approved a bill that repeals Obama-era hunting restrictions on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The House already voted last month to abolish those restrictions — which were instituted by the Fish and Wildlife Service in 2016 to protect predator …

Government

The North Face Co-Founder Makes Largest Private Gift of Land Ever to a Country (Protecting 11 Million Acres)

Pumalín Park. Wowza. Photo: Pumalin Park and Project <b>At the time of Douglas Tompkins’ tragic death in 2015, the co-founder of North Face had allotted</b> …

South America

New Maps May Help Chase Down Poachers Before They Strike

How harnessing troves of data can revolutionize wilderness management in Africa—and around the world.<p>A tiny bungalow in the central Kenyan bush is the joint operation center for a new kind of weapon in the war against wildlife poaching: information—lots of it.<p>It’s searingly hot in Kenya’s Lewa …

Elephants

These Iconic Animals Could Again Be Hunted in Alaska's Refuges

Congress has voted to overturn an Obama-era rule prohibiting the hunting of bears, wolves, and other predators in Alaska's wildlife refuges.<p>Sprawling over 77 million acres, Alaska’s 16 national wildlife refuges are peppered with iconic animals, from grizzly bears and black bears to wolves and …

Alaska

Fishing Cats Quietly Slink Out of Existence in Southeast Asia

After extensive camera trap surveys in key habitat failed to reveal a single fishing cat in Java, conservationists fear that the unique water-loving feline may be on the verge of extinction in Indonesia, if not already extirpated there.<p>“If the fishing cat is gone from Indonesia, it is following the …

Wildlife

Saving Orphaned Baby Rhinos in India

BORJURI, India — A baby rhino is easy to dismiss as cute.<p>With a barely visible stub of a horn and thick, folded skin that resembles armor, a young rhino can seem small and delightful. But even a few-weeks-old rhino calf can be aggressive. A seemingly harmless calf, upon feeling threatened, can come …

Wildlife

Kaziranga forest guards can use firearms without sanction, says Centre

The Assam government has taken a series of steps to curb poaching at the Kaziranga National Park, including empowering the forest staff to use …

To save the future, conservationists look to the past

The marriage between two scientific disciplines – conservation and paleobiology – could guide efforts to preserve life on Earth.<p>March 21, 2017 …

Biodiversity

Sale and trade of shark fins to continue in Florida, despite threat to ecosystem, tourism

Environmentalists sighed in disappointment after a Florida Senate bill banning the sale and trade of shark fins was amended last week, weakening its …

Jacksonville

State program looks to conserve Texas ranch and farmland

The Brazos River passes wide and muddy through the Griffith family ranch.<p>Floodwaters frequently prompt family members and an armada of cowboys for …

Texas A&M

Google Joins Forces with New Wildlife Group to Save SA’s Rhino Orphans

A new wildlife organisation has launched with the ambitious aim of saving every single surviving rhino or elephant victim of poaching. It’s called …

Africa

Kenya: The Indigenous 'People of Wildlife' Know How to Protect Nature

Rome — In the northern part of Mount Kenya, there is an indigenous community - the Il Lakipiak Maasai ("People of Wildlife") - which owns and …

Indigenous Peoples

$75 million pledged to protect heritage sites in war zones

PARIS (AP) — World donors pledged more than $75 million Monday to an historic UNESCO-backed alliance to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the wave of ideological-driven destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants.<p>French President Francois Hollande, speaking at a …

News

Chile’s new ‘route of parks’ aims to save the wild beauty of Patagonia

The country has just added 11m acres of land to the national parks<p>The road to Parque Pumalín is festooned with dozens of whitewater waterfalls that slip down the steep cliffs into a thick forest overrun by ferns and plants with leaves as big as beach umbrellas. An active volcano threatens to wipe …

National Parks

To aid ferrets, vaccine treats planned for prairie dogs

Feeding peanut butter kibbles to millions of prairie dogs—by flinging the treats from four-wheelers and dropping them from drones—could be the next …

Biodiversity

Wildlife conservation needs a more humane approach than Kaziranga's shoot-at-sight policy

Rather than crude medieval justice or fencing in endangered animals, we need to be smarter in tackling poaching.<p>No matter how serious a crime, it is …

Virtual Reality

How to See the Great Wildebeest Migration

Often hailed as one of the wonders of the natural world, Africa's great wildebeest migration is an incredible event to witness. Every year, more than …

Travel

Volunteers serve as Wisconsin wolf detectives

Steve Meurett and Rachel Tilseth volunteer to track and report carnivores to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Meurett shows a set of wolf prints and Tilseth explains that wolves may soon be off the federal endangered species list. Nora G. Hertel/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin<p>BLACK RIVER …

Wildlife

Canberra zoo's journey from near destruction to a conservation leader

Wild side<p>Canberra's famed National Zoo and Aquarium is on the verge of a major expansion. To celebrate the milestone, a series of animal portraits by</i> …

Wildlife

How poaching is changing the faces of African elephants

Elephants never forget — but it's up to humans to remember they're worth saving.<p>African bush elephants are the largest land animals and one of the most intelligent creatures on Earth. Their enormous tusks are one of their most recognizable features — and one of the biggest reasons humans have …

Elephants

Polar bears are threatened by global warming - should subsistence harvest be allowed to continue?

Polar bears are among the most endangered mammals in the world, at serious risk of going extinct due to global warming and pollution. As ice melts, …

Climate Change

New Study Supports the Rarity and Limited Range of a Kauai Endemic Bird

Release Date: March 16, 2017<p>Approximately 500 Puaiohi exist in the wild, all on Kauai<p>A new study provides the first rigorous population estimate of …

Biodiversity

Paradise is finite – a lesson a long time in the learning, and yet to be learnt by some

The history of rhino conservation is paradoxical. It’s tied to the very English sport of hunting. The conservation of rhino began with white hunters …

Elephants

Using Photography to Come Face to Face With Poaching

As a sport and wildlife photographer from Australia, I have visited the African continent regularly in the past 25 years. I have been fortunate to …

Veganism

Atlantic shark populations are rebounding. So is that good?

Study indicates sharks are recovering from decades of overfishing, and that's likely positive for the ocean environment<p>N.C. COAST -- Shark fins could …

Biodiversity

The Gobfather: A Turkey Hunting Original

The wild turkey's future may just lie with a man who has witnessed its past.<p>Although the quote “You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know …