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Prince Harry Becomes President of Conservation Group

Prince Harry Becomes President of Conservation Group

Prince Harry is joining African Parks as president of the South Africa-based wildlife conservation organization, according to an announcement made Wednesday during a BBC Radio 4 program guest-edited by the royal. Prince Harry has been working with African Parks since July 2016, when he assisted in the translocation of a group of elephants and other […]

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    Endangered Mexican Vaquita Dies After Rescue Effort

    Endangered Mexican Vaquita Dies After Rescue Effort

    By Mike Gaworecki Last month, the government of Mexico launched a last-ditch effort to save the critically endangered vaquita, a small porpoise known to reside only in the Gulf of California. A team of marine mammal experts assembled by the Mexican government created a project called Vaquita Conservation, Protection and Recovery (VaquitaCPR) that aims to […]

    First Vaquita Rescued in Bid to Save the Porpoise From Extinction

    First Vaquita Rescued in Bid to Save the Porpoise From Extinction

    A project to save a small, critically endangered porpoise called the vaquita in the Gulf of California succeeded in capturing a 6-month-old calf in mid-October. Veterinarians noticed signs of stress, so they made the decision to release it back into the wild, rather than keep it in a sea pen. The project’s leaders are heartened […]

    Free Online Tool Lets You Assess Dam Projects Around the World

    Free Online Tool Lets You Assess Dam Projects Around the World

    By Claire Salisbury Mega-dam construction is booming around the world, with promoters hyping hydropower as a green, renewable source of energy and a means of curbing climate change. But as these dams are built in the Amazon, Mekong and elsewhere, they’re doing great environmental and social damage and their green credentials are no longer adding […]

    Graffiti Campaign Inspires Protection of Endangered Rhinos

    Graffiti Campaign Inspires Protection of Endangered Rhinos

    By Michael Tatarski Throughout the month of March, a unique graffiti campaign popped up on the walls of several streets in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, the hyperactive commercial capital of Vietnam. The works differed from the usual tags and designs that adorn urban areas around the world. The graffiti pieces, 17 in all, carry […]

    This Map Shows How Your Consumption Habits Impact Wildlife Thousands of Miles Away

    This Map Shows How Your Consumption Habits Impact Wildlife Thousands of Miles Away

    By Shreya Dasgupta Global trade has made it easier to buy things. But our consumption habits often fuel threats to biodiversity—such as deforestation, overhunting and overfishing—thousands of miles away. https://twitter.com/EcoWatch/status/810981827246690304 Now, scientists have mapped how major consuming countries drive threats to endangered species elsewhere. Such maps could be useful for finding the most efficient ways […]

    China Seizes Massive Amount of Pangolin Scales in Biggest-Ever Smuggling Case

    China Seizes Massive Amount of Pangolin Scales in Biggest-Ever Smuggling Case

    By Shreya Dasgupta Pangolin—the world’s most trafficked mammal—continues to be killed in huge numbers. On Wednesday, Chinese customs officials announced that they had seized more than three metric tons (3,000 kilograms or 6,600 pounds) of pangolin scales in Shanghai. This is the country’s largest-ever smuggling case involving pangolin parts, officials reportedly said. Customs officials discovered […]

    Slideshow: 20 New Species of 2016

    Slideshow: 20 New Species of 2016

    By Shreya Dasgupta Discovering a new species is always exciting—it shows that much of our world remains to be explored and described. This year, too, scientists discovered and described several new species of animals and plants, including 13 new dancing peacock spiders, a new crab that was found in a pet market, a new species […]