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Wildlife Conservation

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 Balch-Burnett | Posted 10.21.2015 | Denver
Caitlin Balch-Burnett

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...

A Breakthrough Agreement on Sonar Safeguards for Whales and Our Oceans

Joel Reynolds | Posted 09.17.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

Since 1994, the NRDC has prosecuted a series of federal lawsuits to persuade the Navy to adopt -- and its federal regulator the National Marine Fisheries Service to require -- common sense safeguards for the protection of whales and other marine life from unnecessary harm.

Smart Zoo Has Its Caging Priorities Right

The Dodo | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 09.16.2015 | Green

Finding a way to share the natural world with the world's most probing, curious animals — human beings — is complicated. But one zoo in N...

Help the Refugees With Debt for Dignity Swaps

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 09.09.2015 | 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.