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Children and Scaly Mammals
Children and Scaly Mammals

by Jennifer Calkins

When I first started working on an article for World Pangolin Day (which takes place every third Saturday of February), I did not realize how few people even knew pangolins existed. As an evolutionary…

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- Apr 24, 2016
Conservation Under the Pandas’ “Umbrella”
Conservation Under the Pandas’ “Umbrella”

by Barbara Fraser

When it comes to wildlife protection, the most photogenic species — such as polar bears, dolphins and pandas — seem to attract the most attention and conservation dollars.

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- Feb 25, 2016
Loktak Lake: The World’s Only Floating Lake
Loktak Lake: The World’s Only Floating Lake

by Mohit Raj

Picture a lake where massive landmasses covered in shaggy green vegetation naturally generate over its surface. They have no base, yet still become so dense that they can bear not only the load of occupants,…

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- Jan 27, 2016
Cree Medicine Woman Laments Alberta’s Losses
Cree Medicine Woman Laments Alberta’s Losses

by Debra Denker

Growing up in Northern Alberta in the 1950s and 1960s, Cree Medicine Woman Nicole Gladu never dreamed that there would come a time when the rich sources of game that sustained her people would become scarce,…

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- Jan 17, 2016
Review of Orangutan: A Day in the Rainforest Canopy
Review of Orangutan: A Day in the Rainforest Canopy

by Emily Baumbach

The Malay word orangutan translates as “person of the forest,” and the orangutans that once thrived in the wooded areas of the rainforest in Sumatra and Borneo have reached record low population levels.…

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- Dec 09, 2015
Zoos: Confinement or Conservation?
Zoos: Confinement or Conservation?

by Nathan Woosley

Four years ago, I was living with a couple of friends in Shenyang, Northeast China. We spent a lot of our time exploring old ruins, knockoff shops and other tourist traps throughout the industrial city.…

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- Dec 06, 2015
The Zimbabwean Hero
The Zimbabwean Hero

by Georgia Woodroffe

Johnny Rodrigues, Chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), is a key figure in Zimbabwean wildlife conservation. Despite the heroic labels that have been ascribed to his actions, Rodrigues…

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- Nov 19, 2015
Look Deep Into Nature
Look Deep Into Nature

by Lourens Durand

The strident call of the Woodland Kingfisher proclaims the arrival of spring in South Africa, and the return of the bird from its winter visit to the north. Whilst enjoying a morning walk, we noticed a…

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- Oct 12, 2015
Warrior Princess, A Warning
Warrior Princess, A Warning

by Tara Waters Lumpkin

When Mindy Budgor, a prospective MBA student, decided to go to Kenya as a volunteer to build a school for the Maasai, she had no idea where this choice would ultimately lead her. As Mindy helped build…

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- Oct 01, 2015
Review of Warrior Princess
Review of Warrior Princess

by Sarah Abdelrahim

“Warrior Princess: My Quest to Become the First Female Maasai Warrior” was either adored or berated, depending on the audience. Women’s magazines loved the book. Others disliked it, claiming no white woman…

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- Sep 28, 2015
Touched by an Elephant, Part 3
Touched by an Elephant, Part 3

by Jonathan Whittle-Utter

Returning to the question at hand—why a massage therapist would be interested in researching human-elephant communication? The answer relates to the primacy of touch. Touch is the primal arena of connection…

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- Sep 21, 2015
Touched by an Elephant, Part 2
Touched by an Elephant, Part 2

by Jonathan Whittle-Utter

The sanctuary rests in an open jungle valley in the remote Mondulkiri province of Northeast Cambodia. Like the rest of the country, Mondulkiri is undergoing rampant deforestation, a tremendous threat to…

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- Sep 12, 2015