South African dehorning initiative aims for ‘zero poached’ white rhinos

Conservationists recently dehorned the entire white rhino population of Spioenkop Nature Reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province to decrease poaching incidents. Rhino poaching in South Africa has been steadily declining over the past several years, with dehorning efforts likely playing a part in protecting local populations. However, experts say there are still grave concerns for […]

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Africa’s Elephants Are Two Different Species, and Both Are Endangered

Africa’s elephants are in trouble, and human activity is to blame. For the first time, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assessed Africa’s elephants as two separate species: the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) and the African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana). They found that both species are endangered, and the forest elephant critically […]

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Growing Food and Protecting Nature Don’t Have to Conflict – Here’s How They Can Work Together

By Thomas Hertel Growing food in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way – while also producing enough of it – is among the most important challenges facing the U.S. and the world today. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that food security can’t be taken for granted. Putting affordable food on the table requires both […]

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They get a lot of smack, but wild boars are actually helping forest biodiversity

Usually tagged as ecosystem destroyers, wild boars can actually help foster biodiverse rainforests in their native habitats, according to a new study. Researchers found that the wild boars in Malaysian rainforests are critical to maintaining diverse and balanced tree communities – all thanks to the beneficial effects of the nesting practices of the boars. Most […]

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Big cat comeback: Jaguars prowl Argentina’s Iberá Wetlands after 70 years

Conservationists recently released three jaguars — a mother and two cubs — into Gran Iberá Park in northeastern Argentina’s Corrientes province in an attempt to rewild the local ecosystem. Jaguars haven’t been present in the Iberá Wetlands for the past 70 years, after hunting and habitat loss drove them to local extinction. The ultimate goal […]

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From dolphins to rewilding: 11 environment-aware holidays for 2021

Rewilding centres The idea of rewilding – moving away from current forestry and agricultural techniques and allowing nature to thrive – is gaining ground. One exciting new project is Wild Ken Hill in north Norfolk, where alongside pioneering regenerative farming and traditional conservation practices, a 400-hectare (1,000-acre) area is being returned to the wild, with […]

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