Study identifies parrots as most-threatened bird group

Scientists, including staff from BirdLife International and the Australian National University, have published new research indicating that parrots (Psittaciformes) are among the most threatened groups of bird species, with 28% of extant species (111 out of 398) classified as globally threatened on the IUCN Red List. On average, the study confirms that parrots are more […]

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Lion Man Love

It was a crisp winter’s morning. Francolins were calling, announcing the unavoidable dawn that was breaking. The Land Rover engine was chugging along as we slowly crawled out of the lodge grounds of Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve in the Sabi Sand (South Africa). Then the roaring of lions brought us on high alert. We […]

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POLL: Should US zoos be allowed to import wild elephants from Africa?

Under intense criticism from animal welfare groups and others—and now facing a lawsuit—the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently approved a permit allowing three U.S. zoos to import 18 wild elephants from Swaziland. The elephants—3 males and 15 females ranging from 6 to 25 years old­—will go to the Dallas Zoo, Sedgwick County Zoo, […]

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