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Rescuing a Whale Shark in Koh Tao, Thailand

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After a 5:30 a.m. wake-up call and a two-hour boat ride with Roctopus Dive, I could finally see the pinnacle of Sail Rock, considered by many as the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. The water looked…

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- Jun 05, 2017
In Search of Blue Tang

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When Disney’s blockbuster Finding Dory hit theaters in June of 2016, it brought an endearing fish back into the spotlight — blue tang.

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- Dec 15, 2016
Children and Scaly Mammals

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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”

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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

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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
Zoos: Confinement or Conservation?

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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
Touched by an Elephant, Part 3

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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

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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

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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
Clean Stoves and Healthy Forests

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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

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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
Forecasting a Future for Cheetahs

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Ecoreporter Sarah Abdelrahim interviews Dr. Laurie Marker of the nonprofit, A Future for Cheetahs, to gain insight on the global cheetah population, the key drivers in their decline, and recent successes…

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- May 11, 2015