My wife, Tina, is halfway through her marathon training plan, and each weekend she's running farther than ever before. Last weekend she pushed hersel...
About 1.1 billion people, or 15 percent of the human race, depends upon killing our living planet for their daily livelihood.
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is doing everything possible to stop the wholesale slaughter of elephants which is driven by the high value of elephant ivory in China. Their work is multi-dimensional, but one of their most endearing programs has to be the phenomenally successful baby elephant nursery.
In case you didn't know, today is World Elephant Day. As we celebrate a species that manages to be scared of mice yet can also weigh up to six tons, here are some pictures to make you smile and appreciate the beloved gentle giants.
World Elephant Day is recognized on August 12, an appeal to all global citizens to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face. A few days after learning of the death of Satao I met up with beloved scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall to discuss the elephant crisis.
The Extinction Sucks campaign is basically an awareness campaign aimed at educating/informing the public about the ongoing massacre of elephants for their tusks (ivory) and rhinos for their horns.
Calls to shut down the factories and distribution channels are routinely ignored in contradiction to the ongoing confiscated ivory stockpile burns. But the future is unwritten.
As a journalist dedicated to reporting on animal issues, nearly all of them are brimming with news-worthy elements: poverty, climate change, land-ownership issues, gender imbalance, rural plight, global trade, corruption, and blatant abuse of power.
If the animals can be induced to stay where they belong, and the people can be convinced that they are no longer a threat, then peace can break out. I saw this happen in Tanzania, where the Living Wall project builds unbreachable fences that keep lions away from livestock.
Hopefully, Mr. Modi will recognize that the fragile nature he holds in temporary custody is a product of millions of years of evolutionary Karma. Grandmother Nature gave birth to Mother India, which he has sworn to serve.
Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros circus, July 15, 2014 "Ladies and gentlemen... boys and girls... children of all ages...." There is no phrase...
I learned two things upon joining The Greatest Show On Earth over 15 years ago. 1) Top billing belongs to the four-legged mammals and 2) circus at its purest is a celebration of living things at their utmost.
Prominent New Zealand business leaders have teamed up with many of the most respected international conservation agencies and spokespeople to urge the New Zealand Government to consider a complete ban on all ivory trading.
Over 10 million acres of this country have been formally set aside in just the last few years for community-based conservation benefiting people and wildlife alike. Among the more unexpected items being conserved along with the wildlife here is peace.
With so many people living in poverty, Helen Clark explains that meeting the balance between conservation and development is perhaps the most complex in the array of responses to the illegal wildlife trade.
Ivory and the trinkets made from it are in high demand globally. So much so that despite restrictions on illegal poaching and trafficking, elephants are still being killed at a tremendous rate of 35,000 per year.