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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
Touched by an Elephant, Part 1
Touched by an Elephant, Part 1

by Jonathan Whittle-Utter

About three years ago I decided pursue a PhD in somatic psychology. I'd spent the last few years establishing a healthy massage therapy practice in Los Angeles, and although the bodywork was rewarding…

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- Aug 19, 2015
For the Wolves, For the Land
For the Wolves, For the Land

by Zoe Krasney

Eco-reporter Zoe Krasney recently interviewed filmmaker and photographer Elke Duerr after she founded the Web of Life Foundation (WOLF), which is devoted to education and outreach to communities in close…

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- Aug 08, 2015
Clean Stoves and Healthy Forests
Clean Stoves and Healthy Forests

by Georgia Woodroffe

Household Air Pollution (HAP) affects more than three billion people — almost half of the world’s population. The U.S.-based non-profit The Himalayan Stove Project, founded by George Basch, provides free,…

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- Jun 30, 2015
Illegal Trade Reveals Unknown Orchids
Illegal Trade Reveals Unknown Orchids

by Hannah Watson

Commercial trade of wild-collected plants is restricted in most countries. Orchids, in particular, are often subject to intensive harvesting as medicinal and ornamental plants, even though the international…

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- Jun 22, 2015
Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot
Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

by Kevin McCarthy

Environmentalists are often motivated by the visceral – the prospect of a loved one being deprived of some glorious natural phenomenon, for example, or a haunting photograph that conveys the scale of destruction…

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- Jun 08, 2015
A Maasai Perspective: Salaton Ole Ntutu
A Maasai Perspective: Salaton Ole Ntutu

by Sarah Abdelrahim

Chief Salaton Ole Ntutu lives in Kenya, where he runs a tourist camp and cultural center. Last year, Salaton visited the United States for a month to fundraise and raise awareness about his camp. During…

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- May 28, 2015