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Wildlife Trafficking 101: Everything You Need to Know

Wildlife Trafficking 101: Everything You Need to Know

 Quick Key Facts  Wildlife trafficking is the second biggest direct threat to species, following habitat destruction.  It’s a huge business with smuggled goods valued at $10 billion a year, and involves tens of thousands of species and millions of wild plants and animals.  The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found that 958 species […]

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    Pet Trade in Colorful Songbirds Could Drive Species to Extinction

    Pet Trade in Colorful Songbirds Could Drive Species to Extinction

    Sometimes, beauty can be a death sentence. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the demand for decorative feathers devastated the populations of birds like great egrets and birds of paradise. Today, it is the exotic pet trade that threatens bright birds with extinction.  A new study published in Current Biology September 15 found that […]

    Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Relocate 2,500 Wild Animals to New Reserve

    Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Relocate 2,500 Wild Animals to New Reserve

    The effects of climate change are outpacing poaching as the No. 1 threat to wildlife. In Zimbabwe, officials are now moving more than 2,500 wild animals from a reserve in the southern part of the country further north due to an ongoing drought. Rangers are relying on trucks, cranes and even helicopters to move the animals from the drought-stricken area.

    Is the Jaguarundi Extinct in the United States?

    Is the Jaguarundi Extinct in the United States?

    By John R. Platt A few times a year, wildlife officials in Texas receive excited phone calls. “I just saw something that looks like a really big cat, or maybe a giant weasel,” a caller might say. “Was it a jaguarundi?” No, they’re not reporting a sighting of a mythical beast like the chupacabra. But […]

    Norway Kills Freya, the Superstar Walrus. Was There Another Way?

    Norway Kills Freya, the Superstar Walrus. Was There Another Way?

    Early on the morning of Sunday, August 14, the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries euthanized Freya — the 1,300 pound walrus that became a summer superstar when she took up residence off the capital of Norway in mid-July. The directorate argued in a statement that euthanizing Freya was the only way to protect the crowds of humans […]

    Emerald Green Hummingbird Deemed ‘Lost to Science’ Reemerges in Colombia

    Emerald Green Hummingbird Deemed ‘Lost to Science’ Reemerges in Colombia

    By Liz Kimbrough In the mountains of Colombia, an experienced bird-watcher saw an iridescent flash of blue and green. “A hummingbird caught my attention. I got out my binoculars and was shocked to see that it was a Santa Marta sabrewing,” Yurgen Vega said. “This sighting was a complete surprise, but a very welcome one.” […]

    A Visit to a Remote Maine Island Finds Puffins and Terns Are Having a Good Year Despite Climate Change

    A Visit to a Remote Maine Island Finds Puffins and Terns Are Having a Good Year Despite Climate Change

    By Derrick Z. Jackson The title of supervisory wildlife biologist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service does little justice to Linda Welch (pictured above). In practice, she is the housing and unusual development secretary for seabirds on Maine’s Petit Manan Island. This was clear as she led me to nesting areas there for Atlantic puffins. Over […]