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For Your Queue: Life At The Waterhole 

Today marks the premiere of the new three-part PBS series Life At The Waterhole, hosted by our #FriendOfThePlanet Dr. M. Sanjayan. The docuseries is like nothing that’s been filmed before as the crew built an entire artificial waterhole rigged with partially submerged and weather-proofed cameras on location at the Mwiba Wildlife Reserve in Tanzania. This […]

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Rhino Poaching Fell by 33% in 2020, But Will It Last?

Rhino Poaching Fell by 33% in 2020, But Will It Last?

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In 2020, the world watched as global stay-at-home orders led to the resurgence of wildlife populations in expected, and unexpected, ways. For rhinos in South Africa, the lockdowns led to an astounding 33% reduction in poaching. In 2019, 594 rhinos were poached for their horns. In 2020, that number fell to 394. The World Wildlife […]

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Sudan Suffers from Worst Flooding in Recent Memory

Sudan Suffers from Worst Flooding in Recent Memory

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer In the latter half of 2020, Sudan experienced devastating flooding. By the end of September, the U.N. World Food Program country director in South Sudan said that the country needed immediate aid to avoid “catastrophic hunger” levels. Since then, nearly 1 million people have been displaced or isolated by […]

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Maasai Mara Conservancies Get Some Relief

Maasai Mara Conservancies Get Some Relief

The Maasai Mara is home to 25% of Kenya’s wildlife and the place of the greatest annual migration of animals on Earth. The land is owned by the indigenous Maasai people, who lease it to conservancies for tourism operations, which in turn fund conservation efforts that drive wildlife tourism. The conservancy conservation model that makes […]

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Rich Nations Have Sold 14 Million “Dirty and Dangerous” Vehicles to Developing Nations

Rich Nations Have Sold 14 Million “Dirty and Dangerous” Vehicles to Developing Nations

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new report from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) found that rich nations, including the United States, Japan, and the Netherlands, are exporting “dirty and dangerous” cars to developing countries en masse. Between 2015 and 2018, an estimated 14 million vehicles were “dumped” in Asia and Africa. 80% […]

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Poaching on the Rise as Coronavirus Wipes Out Ecotourism

Poaching on the Rise as Coronavirus Wipes Out Ecotourism

While we’ve seen the headlines of animals reclaiming cities and roaming wild as humans are stuck indoors, COVID-19 lockdowns have not been entirely beneficial for wildlife. In fact, in many regions of the world (like India, Southeast Asia, Africa and South America) poaching has increased.  As the Independent explained, “the sudden fall in tourism income […]

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