Can jaguar tourism save Bolivia’s fast dwindling forests?

ÑUFLO DE CHÁVEZ, Bolivia — Few countries in the tropics have seen their trees chopped down as quickly as Bolivia did between 2001 and 2017.According to data from the University of Maryland and World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch, Bolivia lost 45,000 square kilometers (17,400 square miles) of tree cover, or 7 percent of its […]

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World’s only tool-using vulture risks being lost forever

The Egyptian Vulture is one of seven flagship birds in our Flight for Survival campaign to raise awareness of the scope and scale of the illegal killing of migratory birds. Faced with a challenge as tough as an ostrich egg, lesser scavengers may quail. Not the Egyptian Vulture. One of evolution’s great problem-solvers, this ingenious […]

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How Did a Dead Humpback Whale End Up in the Amazon Rainforest?

When they followed vultures into the rainforest on Marajó Island in Brazil, near the mouth of the Amazon River officials with the state health, sanitation and environment department made a surprising discovery. The birds were feeding on the carcass of a 10-ton, 26-foot-long humpback whale calf. The calf, about a year old, was in an […]

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Activists Bring Legal Challenge Against Japanese Dolphin Slaughter

A first-of-its-kind lawsuit filed in Japan will attempt to stop the horrific annual dolphin slaughter that was the subject of the 2009 Academy Award winning documentary “The Cove.” The UK organization Action for Dolphins and Japan’s Life Investigation Agency filed the lawsuit on February 13, 2019. And the groups are taking a new approach: using […]

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Chinese ‘Queen of Ivory’ sentenced to 15 years in jail for tusk trafficking

A Tanzanian court has sentenced Yang Fenglan, a Chinese national dubbed the “Queen of Ivory,” to 15 years in prison for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 African elephants over several years. Yang, 69, was arrested in 2015 and charged with trafficking 860 ivory pieces, which, according to authorities, were worth at least $5.6 […]

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Stoner Comes Face-to-Face with a Tiger After Breaking Into Garage

In a story that may make you think twice about doing drugs and/or trespassing, last week a Houston man entered a seemingly vacant garage to smoke marijuana in privacy and found himself face-to-face with a tiger. Fortunately – well for the man, anyway – the tiger was in a cage. He promptly called the local […]

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Plastics found in dolphins, seals, and whales in UK waters

Researchers who examined 50 marine mammals that had washed up on Britain’s shores say they found microplastics in the guts of every single animal. In a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports last month, a research team from the UK’s University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory detailed their findings after studying the digestive […]

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In a predator-infested forest, survival for baby birds comes by the road

More young birds survived near a road through a Thai forest than those living deeper in the forest where more predators lurked, researchers found during a recent study. The disruptive impacts of roads on ecosystems are well-documented, and studies in temperate parts of the planet have shown that fewer fledglings survive to adulthood along the […]

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