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Wildlife Conservation

Yes, That's A Real Model Posing Underwater With Sharks

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.19.2016 | Arts

With shark fin soup continuing to feed the practice of finning -- cutting off the animal's dorsal fin and throwing the rest of it back into the ...

What Norway, Iceland and Denmark Could Learn From The Azores

Riley Arthur | Posted 01.19.2016 | Travel
Riley Arthur

The Azores is a group of nine islands off the coast of Portugal. Their remote Atlantic location serves as an important stop for over 20 species of whales and dolphins to migrate.

'Armed Anarchy' Rouses Granny Protestors in Bend, Oregon

Ellen Freudenheim | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Ellen Freudenheim

If you happen to be sitting in a cyber cafe in Brooklyn, it's hard to believe that what's happening in rural Oregon isn't, like, a trailer to a really good indie flick at Sundance. But it's not. It's the reality of a divided, radicalized America where armed fanatics decide to grab what they want, or else.

'Suicidal Deer' Sign Definitely Gets Drivers' Attention

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 01.13.2016 | Weird News

Apparently, just regular old “deer crossing” highway signs weren’t getting the message across. People of the Internet are fawning ov...

Dear Madam Secretary, Please Help Sharks

Jonah Bryson | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Jonah Bryson

ATTN: The Honorable Penny Pritzker Secretary of Commerce Email: Dear Madam Secretary, My Name is Jonah Bryson, and I am a...

African Lion Listed Under the Endangered Species Act

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 12.28.2015 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The species is estimated to have suffered serious population declines since 1980, when an estimated 75,800 lions roamed the African savannah. Now, experts believe there may be 20,000 or fewer. This is a species in true danger.

After Months Of Serious TLC, Orphan Elephant Who Was Severely Ill Is Bouncing Back

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 12.18.2015 | Good News

For the past few months, Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in South Africa has been keeping a pretty big secret. How big? As big as an elephant. Literally. ...

Price Of Illegally Poached Ivory Halves In China

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 12.09.2015 | World

The price of elephant ivory in China has fallen by almost 50 percent over the past 18 months, likely due to a shrunken demand in the country for ille...

Discovery's "Racing Extinction" Exposes Tragedy and Reminds Us: There Are Solutions

David Festa | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
David Festa

Here's what I wish all Americans will do this month: Tune into Discovery Channel's "Racing Extinction." I was fortunate enough to see a preview of th...

Over 200 Penguin Chicks Abandoned in South Africa

David DiGregorio | Posted 11.29.2015 | Green
David DiGregorio

As the holiday season gets underway, a far less joyful annual tradition is beginning in South Africa. Each year from October through January, South ...

Swaziland's Elephants: A Dying Breed

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 11.25.2015 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Elephant experts, conservationists, animal advocates, and thoughtful people everywhere know that wildlife belongs in the wild and that we have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep them there.

This Thanksgiving, I'm Grateful for Dance... And for Bindi Irwin

Maya Mathias | Posted 11.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maya Mathias

(image from In this time of heightened global tension, it's easy to feel like hope and joy are in short supply. Like many of you, I wa...

Wild Wolves: The Old and the New West

Brenda Peterson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Brenda Peterson

Wolves are not only caught in the crossfire between rural ranchers and more urban wildlife advocates; this most misunderstood and maligned animal is also trapped along a cultural fault line between the Old and the New West.

CEO Offers $1 Million Toward Sanctuary, Asks SeaWorld To Free 1 Orca

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Business

The CEO of a baby product company wrote a letter pledging $1 million to kick-start a fund to create an orca ocean sanctuary and asking SeaWorld ...

Brilliant Politician Wants Hedgehogs As U.K.'s National Species

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Weird News

A British politician sparked a prickly debate when he suggested that the U.K. adopt the hedgehog as a national symbol. This kind of seems like a no-b...

Fighting the Cons in South African 'Conservation'

Christopher Clark | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Christopher Clark

The seductiveness of the word "conservation" has allowed certain players in the wildlife tourism sector to exploit it towards their own selfish ends, and use it as a smokescreen for all manner of sins and unethical practices. But for how much longer?

Officials Appalled By What's Insides These Crates

The Dodo | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green

Last week, officials at the Laos border stopped a suspicious man who was trying to cross into Thailand with dozens of red crates. When they opened th...

Wildlife Group Says Not To Rake Leaves, As If You Needed A Reason

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.05.2015 | HuffPost Home

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It's Manatee Awareness Month. Let's Celebrate.

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.03.2015 | Weird News

Florida takes a lot of criticism, but it's done one thing right.  In 2005, the Sunshine State declared November "Manatee Awareness Month"&nb...

Of Lynx, Traps, And Lawsuits: The Rocky Road To Enlightened Wildlife Conservation

Cristina Eisenberg | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Cristina Eisenberg

Today trapping has died out in much of urban North America, but persists in many rural areas. This means that while most people see trapping as anachronistic and controversial, a minority sees it differently.

Florida's First Bear Hunt In 21 Years Called Off After 2 Days

Reuters | Hilary Hanson | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics

(Reuters) - Florida's first bear hunt in two decades, which sparked protests by animal rights activists, was called off after just two days after nea...

Bringing Endangered Ferrets Back to their Historic Habitat

Caitlin Cattelino | Posted 10.21.2015 | Denver
Caitlin Cattelino

Even as we celebrate the return of the black-footed ferret to the Arsenal, the law that made it possible to save the ferret from extinction and has been the source of many similar conservation success stories, the Endangered Species Act, is under growing attacks.

The Soul of the Elephant

Dereck Joubert | Posted 10.13.2015 | Green
Dereck Joubert

Rhino and lion numbers are either crashing or declining. No one today really thinks it's a good idea to slaughter animals, do they?

Tackling Africa's Impending Vulture Crisis

Patricia Zurita | Posted 10.12.2015 | Green
Patricia Zurita

Predatory mammals (also much reduced in number) such as lions, hyenas and jackals, find themselves in escalating conflict with people as the human population of the continent increases, while remaining wild places and wild prey populations shrink.

Up Close With a Very Smart Orangutan at the Indianapolis Zoo

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

After six decades of Zoo visits on five continents, and a number of safari treks through animal habitats in Southern and Western Africa, I frankly t...