After the UN Extinction Report — Now What?

After the UN Extinction Report — Now What?

The United Nations report on the extinction crisis that came out on Monday made a relatively big splash. ICYMI, a group of scientists called the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), determined that biodiversity is declining at the fastest rate in human history, and only “transformational changes” to the way society operates can save the planet from ruin. 

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Whale Watching On the Rise in Japan and Iceland

Whale Watching On the Rise in Japan and Iceland

Whale watching is one of the fastest growing tourist activities in Japan, which is a marked shift in the way the Japanese people think of whales — as something to observe in the water rather than on a dinner plate.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare (ifaw), has been keeping track and found that from 2008-2015, the last year for which ifaw had statistics, the number of whale watchers in Japan each year increased by more than 40,000, and most of these tourists are from Japan rather than foreigners who are visiting. 

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Ending the “pet” trade for big cats will save lives

Ending the “pet” trade for big cats will save lives

Big cats don’t make good pets but you might be shocked at how many of these magnificent animals are being held in captivity in private homes, often living in atrocious conditions that not only endanger their lives but those of people in the surrounding community. As Beth Allgood, the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s U.S. […]

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One cute thing: orphaned bears released into the wild

One cute thing: orphaned bears released into the wild

To get your weekend started on a cute and fuzzy note, watch this video of two rehabilitated orphaned bears being released back into the wild as part of the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Orphan Bear Rescue Center located in Bubonitsy, Russia. Watch as the two bears, Vesnushka (which means “freckles” in Russian) and Elka […]

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One Wild Thing: UN Youth Art Contest Winner

One Wild Thing: UN Youth Art Contest Winner

Valerie Dou, 17, of the United States is the winner of the United Nation’s 2019 International Youth Art Contest. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) sponsored the contest in collaboration with the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in celebration of World Wildlife Day […]

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One thing to know: World Wildlife Day is this Sunday

One thing to know: World Wildlife Day is this Sunday

This Sunday is the UN’s World Wildlife Day with the theme being “Life Below Water: For People and Planet”—making this the first time the day will focus on marine species. The aim is to raise awareness about the diversity of marine life and the importance of marine species to human development, and to explore how […]

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