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Dec 142017
 
Trump slashes size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments in Utah

Donald Trump was widely condemned on Monday for drastically shrinking two national monuments, representing the biggest elimination of public lands protection in US history. The president modified designations for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, potentially opening the land to big corporate developers and the oil and gas industry. The move – a repudiation […]

Dec 122017
 
Trump’s indecision on trophy hunting reignites heated debate

On November 15, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted a ban on the U.S. import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The president put a hold on the order two days later, calling trophy hunting in a tweet a “horror show.” He has yet to make a final determination regarding the USFWS order. […]

Dec 102017
 
These Rhino Poachers Deserve the Harshest Punishment

Too often, when poachers slaughter endangered and rare animals, they get away with their crimes. That’s why we’re calling on South African officials to prosecute a trio of poachers they have in custody as harshly as possible with this Care2 petition. On 11/26, poachers killed three rhinos in Kruger National Park. The small bit of […]

Dec 082017
 
Land of the birds: why Australia has the world's greatest diversity of avian life

If you live in Australia, you may not realise how unique and special the birds around you are. Our continent was perhaps the most important for the evolution of modern birds, with a majority of the world’s species tracing their ancestry here. Long ecologically adrift as an island continent, Australia benefited through the evolution of […]

Dec 072017
 
Asian Elephants Are Now Being Killed for Their Skin

The smell was ghastly and the sight even worse. Twenty-five elephants lay dead in a riverbed in the Ayeyawady (Irrawaddy) delta in southwestern Myanmar. “The stench is what led villagers to the bodies in the first place,” says Aung Myo Chit, the Smithsonian Institution’s Myanmar country coordinator, who also leads a local NGO, Growth for […]

Dec 062017
 
Is this Guam bird coming back from extinction in the wild?

It suffered deadly declines due to an environmental blunder by the military, then was rescued from the jaws of extinction by conservationists. This year it endured the threat of a missile strike, but what does the future hold for the Guam Rail? Earlier this year, the world held its breath as North Korea’s crosshairs were […]

Dec 052017
 
Trophy Hunting May Drive Extinctions, Due to Climate Change

Trophy hunters, as well as poachers who “harvest” the big males—antelopes and deer with the largest horns and antlers, elephants with the longest tusks, or lions with the most impressive manes—are putting those species at greater risk of extinction with climate change. That’s the finding of a new study published today by researchers at Queen […]

Dec 042017
 
More than 100 reindeer killed by freight trains in Norway 'bloodbath'

More than 100 reindeer have been killed by freight trains in northern Norway in the past days in what has been called a senseless tragedy. One train killed 65 deer on a track on Saturday while 41 died between Wednesday and Friday, the public broadcaster NRK reported late on Sunday. “I’m so angry that I’m […]

Dec 022017
 
Important new breeding sites of mythical ibis discovered

It has had a dramatic history and was almost lost to extinction. Now this Critically Endangered bird is bouncing back with record breeding success in Morocco in 2017. As the day drew to a close, the orange light reflecting from the Atlantic seemed to soften the texture of the sun-baked Moroccan cliffs so much so […]

Nov 302017
 
The big moment: Nepal releases its first ever captive-reared vultures

Watch as conservation history is made: six captive-reared Critically Endangered White-rumped Vultures venture out into the wild. This comes at a time when the world is finally waking up to the plight of vultures. The moment has finally arrived. Bait is placed outside the entrance of the pre-release aviary, and the door is opened from […]

Nov 282017
 
Another Captive Beluga Loses Her Baby at the Georgia Aquarium

Earlier this year the Georgia Aquarium announced that its beluga Qinu was pregnant with her first calf, and last week she started going into labor. Tragically, just a day later the aquarium followed up with news that the calf had died before even being born. The Georgia Aquarium said in an update, “The position and […]

Nov 232017
 
Florida Opened a Fake Alligator Farm to Catch Poachers

ARCADIA, FLORIDA – On a moonless night in mid-October, Wayne Nichols, 42, lit a cigarette and climbed up to the captain’s seat of a splatter-painted skiff. He eased the boat into the middle of a nameless canal somewhere between Sebring and Lake Placid, in south-central Florida. His clients, Pat Hopkins, 66, and her son Melvin […]

Nov 182017
 
Why the Line 5 Oil Pipeline Threatens the Great Lakes

An aging oil pipeline moves 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids per day along the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron crash into each other in the heart of the Great Lakes. This pipeline – Line 5, built in 1953 – is operated by the same […]