WWF Report Reveals Global Wildlife Populations Have Fallen by 68% Since 1970

WWF Report Reveals Global Wildlife Populations Have Fallen by 68% Since 1970

Over the last century, humans have come to dominate the planet, which has led to rapid ecosystem change and massive loss of biodiversity across the planet. We know that we could lose a million species in the coming decades, but the new Living Planet Report 2020 from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reveals that globally, […]

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Interview of the Week: Jill Tiefenthaler, CEO National Geographic Society

Interview of the Week: Jill Tiefenthaler, CEO National Geographic Society

This past January, Jill Tiefenthaler was named the first female chief executive officer of National Geographic Society after having served as the president of Colorado College since 2011. At NGS Jill will now oversee the development and implementation of the Society’s mission-driven work and programmatic agenda as well as lead the Society’s global community of […]

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Proposed Fencing in Nairobi National Park Draws Anger from Maasai

Proposed Fencing in Nairobi National Park Draws Anger from Maasai

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer The oldest national park in Kenya is “under immense pressure,” Dr. Patrick Omondi, the director of biodiversity, research, and planning at the Kenya Wildlife Service, told The Guardian. As Peter Muiruri reported, because of “dwindling wildlife and visitor numbers, and increasing industry and human settlements on all sides,” the […]

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A New Guide Helps Law Enforcement Identify Ivory in the Digital Age

A New Guide Helps Law Enforcement Identify Ivory in the Digital Age

According to the World Wildlife Fund, behind every piece of ivory—whether it be a full tusk or carved trinket—is a dead elephant. Poachers kill about 20,000 elephants every single year for their tusks, which are then traded illegally in the international market to eventually end up as ivory trinkets. This trade is mostly driven by […]

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In A Strange Twist of Fate, Could Trump Help Save the Pangolin?

In A Strange Twist of Fate, Could Trump Help Save the Pangolin?

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer A new legal petition filed by conservation organizations urges the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to “formally certify China for illegally trading in critically imperiled pangolins,” the Center for Biological Diversity wrote in a statement.  If certification occurs, the US could pursue sanctions and prohibit wildlife imports from China.  […]

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Poaching Surges in Uganda as Coronavirus Devastates Eco Tourism

Poaching Surges in Uganda as Coronavirus Devastates Eco Tourism

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Due to the impact of the pandemic, poaching has “surged” in Uganda, as Dina Fine Maron reported last week in National Geographic. Using illegal wire snares and steel traps, poachers are able to catch unsuspecting animals such as antelopes, giraffes, and lions. According to National Geographic, “thousands” of these […]

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