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Tech & the Cheetah

Some regions of Kenya have better cell phone reception than the heart of San Francisco’s financial district.  This is no exaggeration.  One can easily make a call or text from the Maasai Mara National Reserve.  It’s changed the country’s economy, society in both rural and urban areas, and launched millions of voices onto Twitter and…

The Cheetah, the Maasai & the Tourist

The wildebeest are on high alert.  Following their gaze I see two male cheetah staring back at them.  Their cover blown, one brother turns in the opposite direction to consider the nearby topi.  The topi are having none it.  They walk toward the cheetah, facing them down.  Between two herds of prey, the cheetah brothers…

Ideas City: Art, Culture and Revolutionary Environmental Ideas

More and more these days, we are seeing the convergence of arts and culture mixed with revolutionary ideas about sustainability, urban planning and technology. An example of this phenomenon is the second installment of IDEAS CITY, a biennial festival – founded by the New Museum in New York City – that explores the future of cities around the globe, with…

Fish on Fridays: Innovations to Increase and Stabilize Fishing Profits

The following piece was originally published by the Center for American Progress. Earlier this week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its annual report on the state of U.S. fisheries and overall, the news was fairly positive. U.S. fishermen caught 10.1 billion pounds of fish in 2011, up nearly 20 percent from 2010. They…

Amboseli’s People & Wildlife: Innocent Bystanders Falling Prey to Local Conflicts

In recent weeks, human-wildlife conflict in Kenya has grown more severe.  This week, Maasai warriors rampaged across the Amboseli ecosystem, following an unsuccessful interaction between tribal leaders and the Kenya Wildlife Service.    Not far behind the recent killings near Nairobi National Park and elsewhere in the Amboseli ecosystem, Kenya is again plagued by back-to-back…

Tiny Libraries Give Readers a New Way to “Read Locally”

Libraries have always been based on the idea of “reuse and recycle”, but a community in Wisconsin took the idea to a whole new level — a tiny one!

Crossing the Okavango Delta for World Heritage Status – Celebrating Botswana’s Wetland Wilderness

The Okavango Delta is the last-remaining wetland wilderness in Africa. Cattle, fishermen and farmers are waiting on the edge of this green oasis ready to supplant the resident wildlife and claim Eden for themselves. Read about our research projects and efforts to protect this wilderness by advocating for World Heritage Status and more.

“uPholi” want a forest? Rescuing Africa’s most endangered parrot from extinction

The Cape Parrot is one of the most endangered bird species in South Africa with less than 1,000 individuals remaining in the wild. Most of the remaining wild population are infected by and dying from a Pssitacine Beak and Feather Disease epidemic that erupts during early winter each year. Early cold snaps and mild droughts escalate…

The Psychology of What Makes Teens Thankful

The study of gratitude is a burgeoning field within psychology, and across the board, results show that people who are more thankful are less prone to stress and depression and are, well, happier. Researchers say one group that could use a lot more gratitude is teenagers. Youth Radio Investigates reporter Rayana Godfrey set out to determine why.

Reaching out to Communities in Botswana

This is the first installment from reporting on cheetah conservation and human/predator co-existence from Southern Africa.