Wildlife conservation

Afghan Police Shoot Endangered Bird They Thought Was Wearing a Bomb

Afghan Police Shoot Endangered Bird They Thought Was Wearing a Bomb

On a weekend in America dedicated to eating dead birds, an innocent and endangered bird became the most recent victim of Afghanistan’s fight against the Taliban. Motherboard reports that on Saturday

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Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa's Western black rhino was officially declared extinct in 2011, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The subspecies was last seen in 2006. The Northern white

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INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

As populations increase and urbanization intensifies, our water and ecosystems are at risk. Today IBM announced a project that will introduce first-in-Canada technology that uses big data to help protect

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Dodo Down: Help Crowdfund Conservation Efforts to Save Two Spectacular Samoan Birds

Dodo Down: Help Crowdfund Conservation Efforts to Save Two Spectacular Samoan Birds

As the Samoan rainforest dwindles, the region's unique birds are slipping quickly into extinction. Voracious alien rats seek out eggs and nestlings, endangering creatures such as the elegant giant

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Copenhagen Zoo Shoots 18-Month-Old Giraffe and Publicly Feeds it to the Lions (Video)

Copenhagen Zoo Shoots 18-Month-Old Giraffe and Publicly Feeds it to the Lions (Video)

Copenhagen Zoo just drew international outrage after shooting a baby giraffe and then cutting it up in front of a crowd in a bid to prevent 'inbreeding.' According to reports, the animal was coaxed into a

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

With 2014 just around the corner, we are taking a retrospective look at the biggest news stories of 2013, and we're seeing a healthy combination of both really disturbing, depressing news and positive

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WILDshorts Explores Wilderness Through 18 Beautiful Short Films in Salamanca, Spain

WILDshorts Explores Wilderness Through 18 Beautiful Short Films in Salamanca, Spain

The term "wilderness" has a different connotation for each Earthly observer: for some, nothing is as wild as lions ripping meat off their kill, while for others it doesn't get wilder than a trek through

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14 Adorable Baby Pandas Line up for a Photo Shoot in Chengdu, China

14 Adorable Baby Pandas Line up for a Photo Shoot in Chengdu, China

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China recently announced that they have 14 tiny, fluffy, adorable panda cubs! Born at the center between July and September this year, the

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Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

Entire Village Volunteers to Leave Their Homes So Wildlife Can Flourish

What once used to be a thriving farming community in India, teeming with people and daily activity, is now something closer to a ghost town, at least when it comes to humans that is. All 200 families that

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Poachers in Zimbabwe Dump Cyanide into Water Holes, Kill 41 Elephants

Poachers in Zimbabwe Dump Cyanide into Water Holes, Kill 41 Elephants

Poachers in Zimbabwe have taken their hunt for elephants to a whole new level by poisoning their watering hole. Six men have been arrested in connection with the deaths of forty-one elephants in Harare

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Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

One rhino is killed every 11 hours in Africa, and of the 20,000 rhinos that lived in Kenya in 1969, just over 500 remain. To help keep tabs on the remaining individuals, Cambridge Consultants has

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On Show in London: Sebastião Salgado’s Stunning Photographs of Earth’s Last Untouched Wildernesses

On Show in London: Sebastião Salgado’s Stunning Photographs of Earth’s Last Untouched Wildernesses

Sebastião Salgado's exhibition of breathtakingly poetic images at London's Natural History Museum is a must see for both  environmentalists and fine art photography lovers. The exhibit is comprised of

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Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo

Endangered Sumatran Tiger and Two Lions Poisoned in Indonesian Zoo

Three animals at an Indonesian zoo died after eating poisoned meat earlier this month. An endangered Sumatran tiger named Peter and two lions, Gebo and Sonia, were found dead on August 17, 2013 at the

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Costa Rica is Closing its Zoos and Freeing All Captive Animals

Costa Rica is Closing its Zoos and Freeing All Captive Animals

Image via Shutterstock Costa Rica just announced that it will become the first country in the world to close down its zoos and free all captive animals. The small tropical nation is home to 4 percent

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6 Critically Endangered Animals Under Threat of Extinction Due to Human Activity

6 Critically Endangered Animals Under Threat of Extinction Due to Human Activity

Amur Leopard The Amur leopard, also known as the Far East leopard, the Manchurian leopard or the Korean leopard, is a rare subspecies of leopard that lives in the Russian Far East. The Amur leopard

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Conservationists Rescue the Iberian Lynx from the Brink of Extinction

Conservationists Rescue the Iberian Lynx from the Brink of Extinction

Just five years ago, the Iberian lynx was classified as critically endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List (IUCN), but now the population in southern Spain has

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Fish Win Big When Dead Oil Rigs are Left to Rot in Rigs-to-Reefs Program

Fish Win Big When Dead Oil Rigs are Left to Rot in Rigs-to-Reefs Program

Though it's hard to imagine, sometimes oil and gas rigs in the ocean can be a force for good. Offshore rigs act as artificial reefs for wildlife, providing plants and sea life a place to bunker down.

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Formosan Clouded Leopard Confirmed to Be Extinct in Taiwan

Formosan Clouded Leopard Confirmed to Be Extinct in Taiwan

Photo via Shutterstock A 13-year search for one of the smallest big cats in the world just ended, confirming what many feared: The Formosan clouded leopard is extinct in Taiwan. The more than

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Droning for the Planet: How Conservationists Use Drones to Protect the Earth

Droning for the Planet: How Conservationists Use Drones to Protect the Earth

Photo by Conservation Drones Rhinoceros photo from Shutterstock Twenty years ago I had a tsetse fly-filled conversation with some hardened and battle-scarred rangers about how to count rhinos in the

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Obama’s National Wildlife Conservation Strategy is Vague at Best

Obama’s National Wildlife Conservation Strategy is Vague at Best

The Obama Administration’s new strategy to help protect our nation’s wildlife and plants from climate change is not only vague - it's also optional. Released last Tuesday, the “National Fish,

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Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

Photo via Shutterstock Some researchers believe that creating a legal rhino horn trade is the only way to curb runaway poaching of the endangered mammal. At present, roughly two rhinos are killed for

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Jane Goodall Warns Elephants Could Become Extinct Because of Illegal Ivory Trade

Jane Goodall Warns Elephants Could Become Extinct Because of Illegal Ivory Trade

Jane Goodall has issued a vehement plea for citizens everywhere to stop buying ivory as she fears African elephants face extinction to fuel the illegal trade. Speaking with The Guardian after authorities

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Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport

Costa Rica Becomes First Latin American Country to Ban Hunting for Sport

Costa Rica just became the first country in Latin America to ban hunting for sport. Costa Rica’s Congress voted unanimously on Monday to approve the ban, which will protect the country's wildlife -

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