5 of the Rarest Birds & Where to Find Them

Some of the most magnificent finds in nature are seldom seen, and birds are no exception. There may be more than 10,000 species of our fine feathered friends, but sadly, the number is dwindling. In fact, nearly 1500 bird species are facing extinction. For nature lovers, spotting a rare bird is a joyous experience, and […]

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The Curious Case of Lemur Conservation

As primates, lemurs are some of our closest living relatives and yet, for many people, they are something of a mystery, with their eyes a bit too large to be normal, and a cartoon character letting everybody know they like to move it in a kid’s movie. Plan A and Net Positive Impact are raising the funds […]

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New survey reveals… Laikipia’s patas monkey in decline (Kenya)

By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program (wildsolutions.nl) and Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme (lolldaiga.com) The eastern patas monkey Erythrocebus patas pyrrhonotus is a subspecies whose abundance and geographic range are in decline. Laikipia County, central Kenya, supports a small, isolated, population which forms the stronghold and eastern limit […]

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Photographic Maps for the Primates, Warthogs, Dik-diks, and Hyraxes of Africa

By Yvonne A. de Jong and Thomas M. Butynski, Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program, wildsolutions.nl The design and implementation of effective conservation measures for primates, warthogs, dik-diks, and hyraxes requires an efficient, low cost, and accessible resource for the identification of species and subspecies. Although photographs cannot replace an adequate museum collection as […]

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The Enigmatic Peregrine Falcon

Tony Beck, professional birdwatcher and tour guide, came to the Ambleside 2 condominium complex at the west end of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, mainly for the view overlooking the Ottawa River. He figured it was a convenient and safe place to see interesting birds from the comfort of a balcony. He wasn’t disappointed. In fact, the […]

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Golden Spectacled Bear (The real Paddington bear)

By: Michael Tweddle Lucky to share this natural instinct by enjoying and admiring wildlife. Life has led me to travel to such places that when I was a child taught me characters as Jacques Cousteau and TV documentaries such as the National Geographic, Transtel Cologne and BBC among others. Happy today, after thirty years taking […]

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POLL: Should the trafficking of all wildlife be banned?

The “year of the monkey” dawned recently in China – and with it, a trendy new exotic pet. Pygmy marmosets are all the rage among China’s wealthy elite, who are forgoing legality and snapping up baby monkeys at around $4,500 (£3,200) each. The internet has exploded with photos of the so-called “thumb monkeys,” while conservationists […]

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POLL: Should African countries be allowed to sell elephants to China?

In October 2014, tens of young elephants were taken from their family groups in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, where they were held in a capture unit for eight months until July 2015. That’s when 24 were flown to the Qingyuan quarantine facility in Guangdong Province before being transferred to Chimelong Safari Park, also in Guangdong. […]

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Africa’s lion population forecast to drop by half

Lion populations in Africa are likely to shrink by half over the next two decades unless a concerted effort is made to conserve them, a study has found. The study included that grim news that the number of lions in Africa has already halved since the early 1990s. The research looked at 47 African lion […]

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Rare New Zealand birds killed accidentally as cull goes wrong

In a tragic case of mistaken identity, four critically endangered takahē birds have been accidentally killed in New Zealand after hunters misidentified the animals as a more common species. The mixup occurred at a sanctuary on Motutapu Island, where volunteers from the Deerstalkers Association, a national body representing hunters, were participating in a regulated cull […]

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