POLL: Is it time to close our zoos?

In 2014, Marius, a perfectly healthy two-year-old giraffe, was killed and fed to the lions in Copenhagen Zoo. It caused an outcry at the time but, as a new Horizon documentary explains, it made perfect sense – and lifted the lid on something happening in zoos across the world, which they rarely admit to. Every […]

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Pumas engineer their environment, providing habitat for other species

New research suggests that mountain lions in the western United States play an outsize role in changing their surroundings, leading the authors of the study to suggest that the big cats are “ecosystem engineers.” In a study published online Nov. 30 in the journal Oecologia, biologist Mark Elbroch and his colleagues demonstrate that the assortment […]

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DNA From Elephant Tusks Exposes the Cartels Killing Them

While poachers continue to put the future survival of Africa’s elephants at risk, scientists using DNA to track ivory and link the criminals behind the mass slaughter to the trade. With the exception of two government sales held in 1999 and 2008, the international trade in ivory has been banned since 1989, but the growing […]

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Nearly 90 Elephants Found Poached in Botswana

Conservationists are mourning the loss of 87 elephants whose bodies were discovered during an aerial survey in Botswana. The elephants were discovered during a months-long aerial census being conducted for the government by Elephants Without Borders, which called the discovery an “unprecedented” level of poaching in the country. “I’m shocked, I’m completely astounded. The scale […]

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Inside Asia’s Forests of Hope: A Photo Essay

Most people, when they retire, turn to a life of leisure. Not Bjorn Olesen. Following his retirement, he became a full-time conservation photographer. Most recently, he, along with wife Fanny Lai, travelled to eight forests in eight countries for their new book ‘Asia’s Wildlife: A Journey to the Forests of Hope’. Bjorn talks about what […]

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How ethical is the elephant ‘sanctuary’ you’re visiting?

“Many parks advertise themselves as sanctuaries but they are not,” says Maria Mossman, founder of non-profit group Action for Elephants UK. “Never go to a park that advertises shows, unnatural behaviour, tricks or painting – and please, never ride an elephant.” Mossman, who has been involved in elephant activism since 2013, and also organises global […]

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POLL: Should there be a total ban on the sale of all ivory products?

An undercover investigation has found it is easy to access illegal ivory in Europe, despite supposed strict import bans on freshly harvested ivory products. The research, conducted by the global pressure group Avaaz, saw undercover agents buy 109 items of ivory from across 10 European countries and then have them tested via radiocarbon dating. Those […]

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POLL: Should there be a global treaty on biodiversity based on the Paris climate deal?

How is that fun?” asked US talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel in a segment about trophy hunting aired after Cecil, a well-known lion tagged by researchers, was killed in Zimbabwe by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer in 2015. Kimmel choked up as he asked viewers to donate to Oxford University’s conservation research programme, and his shame and […]

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