The pangolin's numbers are rapidly dwindling. An Endangered Species Act listing is an important and necessary step to end the U.S.'s role in declining pangolin populations and would set an example for the rest of the world. Until then, we remain complicit in this truly unique species' decline.
With a population of just one and a half million people, this peaceful nation has become the focus of an intense conservation battle.
Poachers and unscrupulous marketers and buyers of ivory apparently have not been thwarted by the destruction of ivory, as evidenced by the continuing robust market for ivory after the massive crushes.
For a brief moment yesterday, Times Square stood still. Even the world's most famous cluster of dazzling super signs, towering over Broadway, could not compete with the simple message that on this day, we all stand for elephants.
It's not enough to simply ramp up enforcement against elephant poachers. We must attack the illegal ivory trade from all sides of the issue -- supply and demand, online and on the ground.
To pursue legislative action to restrict ivory sales in the United States, the 96 Elephants campaign has followed Hornaday's tested movement strategy: building coalitions with public and private partners, raising public awareness, and working with government leaders.
The mass killings of elephants during the war disrupted elephant societies, leaving the orphans and traumatized survivors aggressively weary of the presence of humans. The park, with the assistance of Dr. Joyce Poole and her brother, cameraman Bob Poole, are building a mutually beneficial relationship with the elephants of the park.
The illegal wildlife trade is emerging as one of the world's most lucrative criminal activities. Well-organized syndicates operating as transnational criminal networks linked to poaching often participate in other illegal activities, including trafficking of narcotics and weapons--some with ties to terrorist networks.
The author of this dramatic report is William deBuys, a prolific and important American writer. His latest of eight books, The Last Unicorn is an epitaph to the dying natural world in Laos. He tells his story by throwing light on a rare mammal known as the saola.
Today, global citizens marked the second annual World Wildlife Day as the United Nations announced that the organized crime threat to wildlife species is on the rise. The work to combat these crimes is more important than ever as human impacts drive an unprecedented decline in our planet's wild species. We must address this global crisis from all angles.
Recognizing that his family's efforts would only succeed in the long term if local communities embraced wildlife protection, in 2004 Ian Craig co-founded the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), which equips and empowers community conservancies to improve their own lands and livelihoods.
If the United States and other nations do not fully ban the sale of ivory, African elephants could be extinct -- poof -- in as few as five years.
In 2014, the U.S. made a bold move by suspending imports of elephant trophies taken from Tanzania and Zimbabwe, based on concerns about these countries' wildlife management practices. But an even bolder move is called for given the global elephant crisis.
There's nothing more impressive than serving friends a brunch featuring runny-yolked, perfectly poached eggs.
2014 was a year of significant progress for the environment. To be sure, we still face plenty of very daunting challenges (you know the list). But there was also a lot of very significant progress to celebrate. Around the world, governments, businesses, nonprofits, and communities successfully came together to protect nature in a big and powerful way.
There are a growing number of global citizens that refuse to believe in a world without elephants and rhinos, who believe that man has no right to make another species extinct, and who are acutely aware that the greatest threat to wildlife is the belief that someone else will save it.