Named for the most feared snake in Africa, the Black Mambas are a specially trained all-female anti-poaching team. Day and night, they sweep through a South African game reserve, protecting rhinos and other endangered species and looking for any signs of poachers. Special correspondent Martin Seemungal reports. Continue reading
Big money and human health are at stake when it comes to Puget Sound’s most lucrative clams and the people charged with protecting them. Continue reading
In Washington state, clams, oysters and mussels are being poached from the Puget Sound and sold for thousands of dollars. The most in-demand of these is the geoduck, which can sell for $150 a pound. Special correspondent Katie Campbell of KCTS in Seattle reports for EarthFix on why this illegal trade is so hard to stop. Continue reading
What exactly is trophy hunting, is it legal, and why do proponents say the practice helps conservation efforts? Here’s what you should know.
Cecil was the leading attraction of the national park in Hwange, Zimbabwe, until the 13-year-old lion suffered a grisly death at the hands of hunters earlier this month, according to a report by the Guardian. Continue reading
New research shows that African giraffe populations have decreased by 40 percent over the last 15 years, pushing the world’s tallest animal closer to extinction. Continue reading
Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya is a small success story in a much larger catastrophe. Rangers for the Big Life Foundation track elephants and rhinos, looking for signs of poachers and responding quickly to reports of danger, or worse, a killing. Continue reading
Well, this is unusual: I am standing in the middle of a dozen or so elephants, one running his trunk up my chest toward my face, another giving me a bump in the rear end. One does not do this with adult elephants in the wild, but these are children, babies in some cases, age 3 months to 3 years, orphans who’ve been brought from all over Kenya to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi National Park. Continue reading