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On Ecotourism in Colombia with Megan Epler Wood

This is the  first post in the Colombia Blog Series by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia related to journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography. Megan Epler Wood is an academic, consultant, and CEO who sees sustainable tourism as a way to grow economies while fostering a healthy…

Get Inspired and Challenged by Native Youth Congress

One thing is clear where Jon and these kids come from in Native America: there’s not much sugar-coating going on. When you ask a hard question in Indian Country, you’ll likely get a harder answer.

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #99

The Wild Bird Trust presents this week’s Top 25 Wild Bird Photos! A big thank you to all who submitted, as usual it was a difficult job choosing which would make the top 25. Next week marks the 100th week running of the Top 25 Wild Bird Photos. To be in the running you can submit…

The Faceless Lions of Mozambique

To rescue the remaining lions of the Mozambican population the Greater Limpopo Carnivore Program is implementing a dedicated anti poaching team – the Limpopo Lion Protection Unit. With funding from National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative we’ve secured major logistical support and with additional funding currently being sought, hope to deploy our first unit of locally employed rangers in September 2017.

Court Rules Industry Must Comply with Methane Regulation

On Monday, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia order directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry out an Obama-era rule that sets methane pollution limits for the oil and gas industry. Nine of the 11 court judges issued the order upholding a July ruling that found that the Trump administration overstepped its authority under the Clean…

When People Must Make Way for Nature

It is the black before dawn at the gate to the Kanha Tiger Reserve, in the highlands of central India. The still air carries a dank, penetrating chill. But it is hardly quiet. A buzzing line of tourists is forming at the ticket booth, peddlers are pouring steaming cups of tea.  Groups of green-uniformed rangers chat…

Three New Shrimp Species Discovered in Cape Town

In a stunning discovery off the coast of Cape Town, three new species of shrimp have been found by amateur freedivers and scientists scouring the shallow intertidal rock pools and kelp forests near Cape Point. Professor Charles Griffiths, a renowned marine biologist from the University of Cape Town who was involved in identifying the new…

The Galapagos Islands, my home and living laboratory that inspires millions

Being a biologist and reading so many books on the origin of life, evolution and unique species, has so much meaning when choosing a place to live, and even more if this place becomes your home. For me, the Galapagos Islands were always only a dream, just like for millions of people worldwide.

Remembering George Rabb, a Driving Force Behind the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative

Last week, the National Geographic Society and the global community of conservationists writ large lost George Rabb, an iconic, stalwart advocate and icon for wildlife, the environment, and the biodiversity sciences.  Most recently, Dr. Rabb served on National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative (BCI) Grants Committee.  Since 2010 until mid-2017, he and seven other leading conservationists…

Why zoos must become places for compassionate conservation

By Jo-Anne McArthur

There will always be a need for places where we can care for animals or practice compassionate conservation—places where the goal is protection and not human entertainment. These places exist and we need more of them. Sanctuaries, wildlife centers, conservation areas: where the needs of animals native to the geography and compatible with the climate are met; where humane education takes place, rather than the model of display and objectification currently in practice.

Messages on a Rock: How Our National Monuments Help Define Us

In coming weeks, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is expected to visit New Mexico to tour the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument as part of the administration’s hostile review of monuments in the West (the review ends Aug. 23). Despite overwhelming public support in New Mexico for the two monuments, not all of the state’s elected officials are on board. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez recently wrote to Zinke that she supports the review of the two monuments “to analyze whether the designations make the best sense for New Mexico.”

I hope Secretary Zinke gets a chance to hike into the canyon and float the river. I hope he speaks to the many New Mexicans—from tribal leaders and ranchers to local mayors and business owners—who strongly support this monument and see it as part of their cultural identity.

World Ranger Day

Black rhino – Diceros bicornis – were once widespread throughout Africa and Asia. The disastrous combination of a thriving illegal wildlife trade and a lack of secure and suitable habitat have ensured that only 5,500 individual animals are now left in Africa. Kenya is thought to be one of the continent’s last strongholds; its own…

Protecting Forests in the Most Dangerous Place to Be a Ranger

Today is World Ranger Day. Rangers around the world work tirelessly to protect some of the world’s natural and cultural treasures for the benefit of all. Today we honor them and the contributions they make every day to protect our natural heritage for generations to come. Nowhere is it harder and more dangerous to defend nature than in Central America, which has the highest per capita murder rate of environmental defenders in the world, according to Global Witness.

Can São Paulo Avoid the Abyss of New York City in the 1970s?

By Alexandros Washburn and Philip Yang

São Paulo is the New York of the 1970s. The Cracolândia, the Campos Elíseos, Vila Leopoldina, and other central neighborhoods live the same problems with crime, drugs, homelessness, prostitution that Times Square, Bowery and Hell’s Kitchen experienced 40 years ago. The conflicts and dismay that mark São Paulo’s urban life today are identical to the violence and discouragement that prevailed among New Yorkers in the period that is seen as the gloomiest and most dangerous in the history of the Big Apple.

Is there any sign that São Paulo can follow the same path of recovery that New York pursued from the late 1970s onwards, in a process that reinvigorated the quality of public life and brought New York back to being one of the most lively and dynamic cities on the planet in one generation? We think so.

Small Fisheries, Big Impacts: Artisanal Fishers Hook in Hope for Alleviating Poverty

Many of my photographic assignments have taken me to the front lines of industrial fishing, often happening beyond national borders. In these distant waters there’s less control over how fishing is done, and often ocean wildlife ends up being netted, hooked or even harpooned during these wild west fishing practices. Crew on such vessels are also at the mercy of fishing companies and captains, and horror stories abound of abuse, slavery and squalid conditions dealt out in the pursuit of profit.