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Wildlife Conservation

Help the Refugees With Debt for Dignity Swaps

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
Lorelei Kelly

Spurred on by the increasingly dire human and political costs of inadequate response, European leaders will gather in mid-September to address the refugee crisis. They should look to the environmental conservation movement to find innovative policy ideas.

Now That Yellowstone Killed Blaze Bear, What About Her Cubs? Let Them Go Free

Marc Bekoff | Posted 08.31.2015 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

Blaze, a mother bear who was killed -- not euthanized -- by park employees in Yellowstone National Park after she killed and partially ate an intruding human, has become the "poster bear" for all that is wrong with killing a mother with young cubs at her side.

12 of the Best Places to See Rhinos in Kenya

AFKTravel | Posted 08.28.2015 | Travel

It is rare to hear good news about the rhino: poaching has returned and a creature that has been with us since the days of the dinosaurs seems in mortal peril. But the rhino is still among us, and Kenya remains one of the best places on the planet to see both the black and white rhino.

Sleeping With Wolves and Camping in a Boreal Forest: Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (Québec, Canada)

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 08.27.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

We were not only going to a private wolf sanctuary, Aventuraid, but also to an animal wilderness park - Zoo sauvage de Saint-Félicien. The zoo was in a stunning boreal forest, and we looked forward to experiencing a camping, canoeing and hiking adventure.

What the President's Clean Power Plan Means for Wildlife

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 08.24.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

If we do not work now to curb the impacts of climate change on species, one in six wildlife species could face extinction in the next 75 years. This is an outcome that is simply unacceptable.

How to Save the Lions

Luke Hunter | Posted 08.21.2015 | Green
Luke Hunter

The horrific killing of the magnificent, black-maned lion Cecil by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe highlights the little-known plight of his species. Lion populations are in free fall, and we are losing this iconic species in most of its range.

The Connection Between Tourism And Elephant Abuse In India

Wildlife SOS | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Wildlife SOS

It's heartbreaking to read another account of elephants being intentionally blinded or having bones broken for "disciplinary" purposes, of these incredible creatures being stripped of their freedom and drained of their vitality for a quick profit.

What's Learned From the Killing of Blaze, the Grizzly Bear

Carl Safina | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Carl Safina

No serious person trivializes the tragic loss of the hiker. Killing the bear, though, could not bring the hiker back. Nor does killing Blaze ensure safety for hikers; there are other bears with cubs in Yellowstone.

Go See A Live Lion

Rob Pringle | Posted 08.06.2015 | Green
Rob Pringle

I have spent the last 12 years studying, writing, and teaching about African animals, and my impression is that most people are equally superficial in their caring about both humans and wildlife.

The Fate of Greater Sage-grouse is in Our Hands

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 08.02.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Unless the federal plans are improved, the Fish and Wildlife Service may have little choice but to propose sage-grouse for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

Cecil The Lion: A Big-picture Guide to Directed Outrage

Carl Safina | Posted 07.31.2015 | Green
Carl Safina

Humans are by far the kindest, most compassionate, most creative, most violent, most destructive and most misery-inducing animal in the history of the world. We are the only creature capable of creating global problems.

Mad About The Death Of Cecil The Lion? Here's What You Can Do

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact

You're outraged over the shooting death of Cecil the lion. So is Jimmy Kimmel, who fought back tears during a segment on his show Tuesday night. ...

Pangolins in Peril: The Most Illegally Trafficked Mammal (You've Never Heard of) Needs Protection

Jeffrey Flocken | Posted 07.15.2015 | Green
Jeffrey Flocken

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.

The Number One Question

Wildlife SOS | Posted 07.06.2015 | Green
Wildlife SOS

Be it by email, phone, social media, or in person, the number one question we at Wildlife SOS get asked is, "How is Raju doing?" For those of you unfamiliar with Raju, he is an elephant we rescued one year ago who had spent 50 years in chains.

Ivory Belongs on the Front of Elephants

Dereck Joubert | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Dereck Joubert

In the time it takes you to read this, one or two elephants will have been poached. This is not the gun control debate or a hunting one, but a move that will send a signal to the world that poaching; trading in dead elephants and the abuse of wildlife is just not acceptable.

Growing Up to Make a Difference

Bindi Irwin | Posted 06.29.2015 | Teen
Bindi Irwin

A Wildlife Warrior is someone who stands up and speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves. Protecting our world for the generations to come. Being a Wildlife Warrior is not just a title; it describes who you are and your attitude.

The Elusive Desert-Adapted Lions Of Namibia And The Man Who Loves Them

Susan Portnoy | Posted 06.11.2015 | Travel
Susan Portnoy

I didn't know much about desert-adapted lions before my trip to Namibia. I knew they were endangered like every other lion in Africa. But that's just part of their story. It wasn't until Stander's talk that I fully understood the magnificence of these majestic creatures -- the mere 150 that are left.

Newborn Animals Make for a Sweet, Sleepless Season at Alaska Conservation Center

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.28.2015 | Good News
Alaska Dispatch News

First came the phone call, on Sunday night: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game had declared a lone newborn moose, hanging around the interior town of Tok, abandoned.

Declining Wildebeests: Why Conserve Non-Threatened Species?

Natural Habitat Adventures | Posted 05.26.2015 | Green
Natural Habitat Adventures

So, wildebeests have perfected what they are and have demonstrated their staying power. With so many other animals on the brink of extinction, there's no immediate reason for us to be worried...Or is there?

How Birding Can Help Conservation Efforts

Craig Newmark | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Craig Newmark

This year, the Cornell's bird lab's centennial year, they're inviting everyone around the globe who loves birds to be a part of the Global Big Day team. Their goal is to raise $500,000 for conservation and, with help from birds everywhere, collectively tally 4,000 of the world's 10,300 bird species in a single day. This is the real deal for conservation and birding.

The Orphaned Elephants in Gorongosa

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Michael Sainato

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 U.S. Slaughters 7,400

The Dodo | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green

Nearly 7,400 wild animals were slaughtered every single day on average across the U.S. last year — not by hunters or poachers, but by a government a...

Coexistence Is the Key to Our Wind Vision

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

In order to fully realize the benefits of wind energy, we must band together to see that the growth of the industry over the next several decades not only helps us meet clean energy goals but provides a stable set of guidelines and assurances for developers and, most importantly, minimizes impacts on wildlife and the environment in more ways than one.

Baby Tortoises Born On Galapagos Island For The First Time In A Century

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.03.2015 | Green

For the first time in more than one hundred years, researchers have found newborn baby tortoises on the tiny Galapagos island of Pinzón. It's a major...

World Wildlife Day: Why We Need Wild Animals

Paul Rosolie | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Paul Rosolie

In celebration of World Wildlife Day, let us remember that wild animals have made us who we are. They are essential to our foundation, to our very existence. Wild animals keep our world alive. Without them, there is no us.