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NY, NY: Not Such A Wonderful Town

July 12, 2012

Tags: Raja Jewels, New York Jewelry Mart, elephant ivory, poaching

NY, NY: Not Such A Wonderful Town

…if you’re an elephant. The New York Times reports seizure of over a million dollars in illegal ivory at Raja Jewels, 7 West 45th Street, and New York Jewelry Mart, 26 West 46th Street.

Now the Manhattan D.A. should find out who was buying it.


July 5, 2012

Tags: White abalone, NOAA, Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Once there were millions in the coastal waters off southern California. Now, after intensive harvesting and poaching, there are a few thousand. Most individuals are too old or too far away from each other to reproduce, according to a study released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A NOAA official suggests that this (more…)

1,295 Days Since US Fish & Wildlife Did Its Job

July 3, 2012

Tags: Mexican Gray Wolf, USFWS, Benjamin Tuggle, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

It's been 1,295 days since the US Fish & Wildlife Service has released a new member of the Mexican Gray Wolf population into the wild. The USFWS has crippled the recovery program for the species for political reasons, according to a complaint filed with the Interior Department (USFWS’ parent agency) last month by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and this Associated Press report.

The PEER (more…)

What If Rhinos Were No More?

April 29, 2012

Tags: rhino poaching, Eric Dinerstein, megaherbivores, megagardeners

I got a really interesting question from a Facebook friend and fellow rhino-lover in Amsterdam. She writes: “What would be the impact on the world ecologically if a complete species like the rhino were to go extinct?”

My mind immediately leapt to the fascinating phenomenon of rhino latrines. Rhinos don’t poop just any (more…)

Dark Days in Ndumo

April 29, 2012

Tags: Ndumo Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Rewilding the World

Sad update to Rewilding the World: The spectacular Ndumo Game Reserve, a jewel of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal region and and an internationally-protected wetland, once home to extraordinary birdlife, hippos, and crocodiles, has been invaded by neighboring people, angry that promised government aid and reparations for land-grabs have never materialized. (more…)

Can Social Media Save the Planet?

July 12, 2011

Tags: Yale Environment 360, Project BudBurst, Project Squirrel

Maybe so...Check out the possibilities in today’s report at Yale Environment 360.

Then on your bike, as the Brits say, and start posting buds (Project BudBurst) and counting squirrels (yes, Project Squirrel): Citizen Science starts at home.


July 6, 2011

Tags: Grizzlies, North Cascades National Park, Joe Sebille, wolf pack, Kittitas County

Alert hiker Joe Sebille captured the first photos of a grizzly in Washington’s North Cascades National Park in nearly a half-century. Hiking last October, Sebille snapped the bruin with a point-and-shoot and only realized recently, on showing the pic to a park ranger, the momentous nature of his encounter.

And, in further carnivorous (more…)

iWild is Back!

July 6, 2011

Tags: Serengeti, Tanzania, International Programme on the State of the Ocean

Apologies for the prolonged absence: We were off chuntering about biodiversity in foreign lands and what not. But now we’re back, and there’s lots to catch up on:

*Some good news from the Serengeti! After a recent visit from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Tanzania announced that it would give up (more…)

Report from Santa Fe

April 15, 2011

Tags: Lorene Mills, Report from Santa Fe, Rewilding the World, Caroline Fraser

Lorene Mills, host of “Report from Santa Fe,” a long-running public affairs show that airs throughout New Mexico, interviews Caroline Fraser, author of Rewilding the World. The conversation ranges from rewilding efforts around the world to local conflicts over the Mexican gray wolf. See it April 14-16 on these stations (more…)