Camera traps in the Wangqing Nature Reserve in northeast China recorded footage of a female Amur leopard with two cubs, marking the first record of breeding by this critically endangered cat in China, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) confirmed today.
In “High Moon Over the Amazon”, a book about the dawn of her career as one of the world’s most distinguished primatologists, Patricia Chapple Wright recounts her pioneering research to study wild nocturnal monkeys in the Peruvian Amazon. It’s a page-turner of a yarn, in which Wright recalls stumbling around in total darkness, trying to follow the owl monkeys (Aotus) moving through the trees high in the canopy above her. The story is not only about how she came to discover the secrets of the world’s only night monkeys, but also the terrors of working in the jungle, including a face-to-face encounter with a jaguar, evading a large snake dangling from branches above her, and watching helplessly as a swarm of army ants swept into her encampment’s provision stores to devour supplies meant to support the scientists for months.
Elephants have captured the imagination of individuals across the world. Majestic beings, they have enthralled even those who may never have enjoyed close contact with them. It’s this empathy that has led thousands of people worldwide today to join the International March for Elephants organized by iworry, a campaign by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to sound the warning that the future survival of elephants is in serious jeopardy. By Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the conservation charity.
The idea that we can save elephants by selling their teeth is a flawed vision that will accelerate elephants down their current road toward near extinction, write Katarzyna Nowak and Trevor Jones, directors of the Udzungwa Elephant Project in southern Tanzania. “Elephants could be secure again, and recovering—but only if we can overcome our greed for their teeth.”
Leading conservation organizations joined six African countries today in a commitment to protect wild elephants in their last strongholds, reduce wildlife trafficking, and dampen consumer demand for ivory. The commitment is supported with a U.S.$80-million action plan to strengthen security for elephants in their range while investing more in intelligence networks, customs inspections, and consumer…
By John Frederick Walker The Chinese have always been clever with ivory. Qing Dynasty craftsmen labored obsessively over “devil’s-work balls,” arresting carvings of concentric spheres nested inside one another, all coaxed out of a single piece of elephant tusk with infinite patience and incessant, tiny strokes of their scraping tools. These ivory wonders mystified visiting…
National Geographic today named Gary E. Knell president and CEO of the National Geographic Society. Outgoing CEO John Fahey will continue as chairman of the National Geographic Board of Trustees. Knell has served as president and CEO of National Public Radio, one of the country’s most influential news organizations, since December 2011.
Hundreds of sightings of panthers roaming wild in Florida have been reported by the public to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website launched a year ago.
National Geographic photographer Christian Ziegler shares pictures and thoughts about the marvelous diversity of Barro Colorado, a tropical island sanctuary in the middle of one of the world’s most famous and busy waterways. The award-winning photographer has updated “A Magic Web,” a large-format picture book about the island and its thousands of species.
Here’s how to help keep the cameras running in the Snapshot Serengeti camera trap program.
It’s not often we have good news to report for the world’s remaining wild tigers. This week Panthera, a global big cat conservation organization, said a preliminary survey it helped organize had discovered an unexpected density of wild tigers in the southern section of Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC), a privately managed concession on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.
Almost 100 million euros (U.S.$ 130 million) has been spent so far on conservation efforts for the last 250 remaining Iberian lynxes in the wild, but the world’s most endangered cat species is likely to go extinct within 50 years because the management plans do not provide for the effects of climate change, researchers warn.
At the Noloholo Environmental Center on the Maasai Steppe in Tanzania, the environmental education staff of the African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) are creating a curriculum to teach the children of nearby Loibor Siret Primary School how to use a computer.
In April of this year, a laptop computer, printer and solar panel were donated to the school by the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative sister school, Hill Freedman World Academy. It is the first computer at a government school in the area, and to many teachers and most students, the first computer they have ever seen.
Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Tara D. Sonenshine writes that in the end the war on poaching will be won through changing hearts and minds.
This week in New York City, the 27 members of the high-level panel of eminent persons appointed by the U.N. Secretary General will deliver a report providing recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda. This is a critical opportunity to address the inadequacies of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to chart a new course for sustainable development.
There have been 25 National Geographic Bee champions since the competition started in 1988, the centenary year of the National Geographic Society. What became of the youngsters who walked away with a college scholarship and a lifetime membership of the Society? Three former National Geographic Bee champions were present at today’s championship round in Washington,…
Part scientific endeavor, part festival and part outdoor classroom, the BioBlitz hosted last week by the U.S. National Park Service and the National Geographic Society in Louisiana’s Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve yielded hundreds of observations, including the discovery of a rare Louisiana milk snake not previously recorded in the park. “This is the first time anyone has done this level of work on a bottomland, hardwood, freshwater system like this,” said Victoria Bayless, curator at the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum.
For the last few days Harith Farooq, a Mozambican scientist from the University of Lúrio in Pemba, and his colleague, MO Roedel from Berlin, two herpetologists participating in a biodiversity survey of the Cheringoma Plateau in Gorongosa National Park, have been trying to catch some of the many lizards found in the Nhagutua Gorge, the site of our first camp. Alas, the sneaky reptiles proved to be extremely difficult to catch by hand, which prompted Harith to come up with an alternative solution.
Hundreds of local grade school students joined scores of scientists today in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve to look for as many species of plants and animals as they can find in 24 hours. It is the seventh annual BioBlitz organized by the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society, forming…
The annual BioBlitz hosted by the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society is underwritten in part by the Harold M. and Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation, a private grant-making philanthropy based in Chicago. Every year for five years the Morrison Family Foundation helps make the event possible. And every year the foundation’s executive director, Lois Morrison, participates in the BioBlitz with her husband Justin Daab and their daughters Josephine and Addie Daab.
News Watch interviewed Lois Morrison about her passion for both nature and education, and why she sees the BioBlitz as a special opportunity to reinforce our connection with the natural world.
Over a dozen scientists have come to the Goronogosa National Park in Mozambique, a country in southeastern Africa. “It’s the largest all-taxa survey of a complete ecosystem in Africa,” says lead scientist Piotr Naskrecki, a Polish-born entomologist (insect-expert) now working at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.
National Geographic won four 2013 National Magazine Awards, including two for digital media, the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) announced last night. The National Geographic Society’s flagship journal won awards for General Excellence, Print (October, November and December issues), Photography (August, September and December), Tablet Magazine (May, November and December iPad Editions), and Multimedia…
National Geographic captured three prizes for international stories of 2012, the Overseas Press Club of America announced in New York yesterday.
Wildlife conservationist Paula Kahumbu writes that Kenya stands at the crossroads of turning things around for elephants. The authorities need to recognize that poaching and ivory trafficking are serious crimes and immediately elevate penalties for wildlife crimes.
In a fitting setting for America’s national bird, a pair of bald eagles is raising two chicks high on a tree in Washington, D.C. And it’s all been monitored live by a webcam provided by the National Geographic Society. This is an opportunity to not only observe these iconic birds in the wild, but also to learn more about them and their recovery in the Chesapeake Bay region.