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A “Monumental” Boost for Endangered Species in the Pacific

President Obama recently pledged to expand the current boundaries of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, already one of the largest nature preserves on the planet. Here are just a few of the amazing creatures that would find refuge there.

Q&A: Elephant Conservation Challenges in Sri Lanka—A Conversation With Shermin de Silva

Shermin de Silva, 33, is president of the Asian elephant conservation organization Trunks & Leaves. A post-doctoral student at Colorado State University, de Silva was born and raised in Sri Lanka and has returned regularly to Udawalawe National Park since 2005 to study its elephants, which she believes number some 1,200. Conservationists estimate that Sri…

Legendary Black Leopards Appear on Camera Traps

Krithi Karanth is a conservation biologist working in the Wildlife Conservation Society-India Program, which has been camera-trapping critters big and small for more than 20 years. In these photos, the mysterious black leopard can be glimpsed.

Mystery Solved: Why Peacocks Got Their Eyespots

The brilliant plumage of peacocks and related birds may be a result of female preference, a new study says.

New Specimens, Friends, Colleagues, and Insights

Ronald Clouse is travelling the Philippines in search of harvestmen—otherwise known as daddy-long-legs. As he prepares to return home, Ron wraps everything up and makes his farewells.

For Marine Reserves, Size Matters

President Obama recently pledged to expand the current boundaries of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, already one of the largest nature preserves on the planet. So what’s the value in making it bigger?

Geography in the News: Bats Dying

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Bats Dying: An Epidemic A deadly disease is destroying native bat populations in North America. Unfortunately, the “white-nose syndrome,” as the disease is named, is spreading more quickly than scientists had anticipated. The white-nose syndrome is just the latest threat to the world’s bat…

Cold Nights in Africa: How Temperature Threatens Birds

Gavin Leighton is conducting experiments among weaver birds in Africa to try to understand the evolution of their amazing societies. Plummeting temperatures change the game of survival not just for weaver birds, but also all of the animals around them.

Building on Success

In late fall of 2006, Congress came together to strengthen the primary law that governs our nation’s ocean fisheries—the Magnuson-Stevens Act, originally passed in 1976. A push from leaders on both sides of the aisle, combined with strong support from President George W. Bush, helped overcome political differences. Now the House Committee on Natural Resources…

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Animal Eyes

From cats to clams, the animal kingdom literally has many different ways of seeing things. This week on Ask Your Weird Animal Questions, we’re taking a visionary look at nature.

Should Species Be Paid Royalties?

Perhaps one of the most interesting ways that people use species is to support our own actions, beliefs, and loyalties. Some of the most recognizable mascots and brands in the world are based on the qualities associated with a species or, more often than not, the actual species itself. Our cultures are filled with businesses,…

Dead and Lost Boobies: Harbingers of a Growing El Niño?

Starving seabirds far from home may point to a brewing El Nino in the Pacific.

USAID Comes in on Fresh Legs to Help Save Wildlife

Time is running out for wildlife. Now, like a World Cup footballer coming in for a late-game substitution, USAID enters the conservation game with new energy and some bold moves.

Q&A: Inside the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking in Brazil

Conservation biologist Juliana Machado Ferriera talks about her work to halt illegal wildlife trade in Brazil, which affects nearly 40 million animals each year.

Local Leaders Restoring Fishing Economy and Ocean Health

By: Michael Bell, Oceans Program Director, The Nature Conservancy in California The best way to protect our oceans is by empowering local communities and fishermen that have the most to gain from sustainable fisheries.  The Nature Conservancy and its partners have tested this theory by partnering with local fishing communities to take charge of the waters…