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Cheetah Matchmaking: Helping Big Cats Find a Mate

You may not have had “cheetah matchmaker” featured at your high school career fair, but that’s just what Vincent van der Merwe’s business card may as well read. But trying to repopulate the highly vulnerable species can be as dangerous as it is exciting. Watch the video to see what happens when van der Merwe tries to translocate a very unhappy cheetah across South Africa.

More than 80 percent of Gabon’s Rare Forest Elephant Species Taken by Poachers

More horrendous news for the beleaguered elephant: Forest elephants, a sub-species of elephant living in an area that had been considered a sanctuary in the Central African country of Gabon, are rapidly being picked off by illegal poachers, who are primarily coming from the bordering country of Cameroon. More than 80 percent have been taken in a decade–a loss of about 25,000 elephants– Duke University researchers report in the February 20 issue of Current Biology.

Pride in our Prides: Cutting-Edge Technology Protects Lions, Livestock and Livelihoods

Post submitted by Barbara Cozzens In the mid-morning hours of May 2016, a dominant male lion named “Nduraghumbo” ambles through Botswana’s cattle-trodden grasses, unaware he has just crossed an invisible barrier. Just as he does, a text message comes in to Dr. Andrew Stein’s phone: Nduraghumbo has entered Gunotsoga. Geofence 1 break time: 1025hr. Coordinates:…

The “Goldilocks” Sparrow That’s Shielding the Everglades

How did the little-known Cape Sable seaside sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis), a somewhat drab bird found in the wild only at the southern tip of the Everglades National Park, become the pivot in a raging debate about the role of Endangered Species in the protection of wild land?

When Lions Attack People: A Case in Gunotsoga Village, Botswana

Post Submitted by Andrew Stein. Stein is a repeated Big Cats Initiative Grantee, as well as the founder and director of CLAWS. Too often in conservation we are squarely focused on protecting wild species. Since the inception of our lion conservation program, poison use has stopped entirely and lion killing halted in 2016. We see…

1Frame4Nature | Dave Showalter

What YOU Can Do:  Engage with conservation groups, share images and advocate, write letters to public officials and land managers. –1Frame4Nature is a collection of images and stories from around the globe of your personal connection to nature. However small, when combined with the actions of others, your individual actions can impact real and tangible…

Holding the line for lions in Mozambique

Post submitted by Shane O’Neal “I think she’s dead.” Dr. Stuart Pimm made the grim diagnosis as our helicopter descended toward the site where the lion’s tracking collar said it should be.  Paola Bouley, who had been anticipating her reunion with the first lion she ever collared, was crushed. “Please don’t let it be too…

Species Introductions Accelerating

A study released this month has illustrated that the rate of species introductions to locations outside their native range is increasing faster than ever.

The vulnerable vaquita: Immediate action needed to save critically endangered porpoise

Scientists find vaquita populations continue to plummet, calling for more research and greater protections.

Bear Selfies in Florida Everglades

For the past few months I’ve been working with camera traps at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, supported by a grant from National Geographic. My purpose is to document the path to recovery of the endangered Florida panther. One of my camera locations recently produced a nice surprise – 68 selfies from a family of Florida…

#WorldPangolinDay 2017 Observed With a Portrait From National Geographic Photo Ark

It is estimated that more than a million pangolins have been snatched from the wild in the past decade, according to the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, an organization leading efforts to save these scaly, ant-eating mammals from poaching and illegal trade. That might just make the pangolin the most trafficked animal in the world, and…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Mend Them

Even blue-throated macaws and radiated tortoises sometimes need a doctor. Veterinarian Laurie Hess catalogued her decades spent treating unusual creatures in her new book Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor. Recently, she spoke with Nexus Media about exotic animals — which to adopt, which to avoid and which are most threatened by humans. This…

Saving Ugandan Lions One Radio Collar at a Time

Tagging along with Dr. Ludwig Siefert, team leader of the Uganda Carnivore Program, in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, I learn what it takes to manage and care for wild lions in a region undergoing tremendous socio-economic change.

Goodbye to Uzbekistan: On a Global Walk, Another Bittersweet Passage Between Friendships

Today it is not the divide-and-conquer legacy of Stalin’s borders that weighs on my mind. No: It is the nature of friendship.

Nesting Instinct: When Birds Change (Genetically-Coded) Flight Plans

From northern Illinois to southern Europe, birds are feeling the effects of climate change. People are seeing new guests at backyard bird feeders, or their absence as insect pests hit crops. Chris Whelan, an ecologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and co-editor of Why Birds Matter, has tracked these changes closely. Below, Whelan…