Our governments and citizens cannot afford to stand idle while poachers and wildlife traffickers destabilize whole regions, undermine economic development, and hunt elephants, rhinos, tigers, bears, sharks, or any species to extinction.
The number of calves that have perished in this current poaching wave is unclear. Also unknown is how many babies survive. And even if a calf manages to outlive an assault, the chance of that youngster making it in the wild without its mother is negligible.
Now that fall has arrived, I am relishing the last batches of figs: putting them on pizzas, tossing them into salads and roasting them with honey.
Poaching has the capacity to drive rhinos, as well as other species, to extinction. So what makes these poaching networks so resilient? What makes them stable, or able to bounce back when interfered with?
Pregnant or mother rhinos are most vulnerable to poaching. They cannot move as quickly with a calf or when heavily pregnant, and will usually stay near water. When they are poached, their calves become collateral damage.
Despite all of these tactics and efforts, rhino poaching continues. These endeavors make a big difference, but they are ultimately just a Band-Aid over a deep, seeping laceration, and we need to make many changes to win this war.
Key decision makers in the U.S. government and Congress are slowly coming to grasp the severity and magnitude of the current forest elephant poaching crisis in central Africa.
Today, on this World Environment Day, a day that celebrates all the courageous and positive environmental actions taking place around the world, I stop to reflect on what being an environmentalist means to me.
Tracking rehabilitated cheetahs and leopards through the African bush as they learn to hunt and survive again in the wild. Riding on the backs of rescued elephants on a sunset stroll to their favourite watering hole, where they finally feel safe from poachers...
One of the most important remaining populations of African forest elephants lives in and around Dzanga Bai. The Wildlife Conservation Society stands with our conservation partner WWF, calling for immediate action to stop the killing of these elephants.
Tim, an exceptionally impressive male elephant, is 43-years-old. Because males wander, Tim has not been seen for weeks. Now he is here, and he is in a heightened breeding condition called musth, dribbling a pungent-scented urine that tells the ladies and the guys alike that he's the man.
Fewer than 35,000 African lions roam the wild today, down from at least 100,000 in the 1960s. Their range has contracted as well, and currently encomp...
Having survived the harsh conditions of the desert and peacefully and coexisting alongside the local populations for centuries, the current political instability and its consequences is yet another stress to this elephant population, already at the limit of its endurance.
In what is being called the worst elephant massacre in Africa this year, poachers have recently killed as many as 89 elephants in Chad.
I talked with Sissler-Bienvenu at the anniversary of the massacre, to discuss some of the final understandings of what happened in Bouba Ndjida National Park -- including the possibility that poachers may have "practiced" their killing on elephant calves -- and if the poachers might soon return.
Poaching has been intermittently addressed by the UN Security Council as part of the conflicts and broad human rights abuses cited. However, is poaching and the illegal trade the motivation rather than just the means?