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February 23, 2014: Cycling to the South Pole, Saving India’s Killer Tigers and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they endure a 750-mile bike ride from Antarctica’s coast to the South Pole, explore the sonic wonders of the world, explain the Yukon’s modern-day gold rush, fly south for the winter with snowy owls, empower Bolivia’s rural citizens to protect their corner of the world, kayak the length of the Colorado and Green Rivers, recover from unpleasant tropical parasites, advocate for tigers and humans when species clash in India, track Turkey’s bears by cellphone.

We are Cheetah Friendly – Part II

  “We are cheetah friendly”.  The sign hangs on the gates of farms who participate in Cheetah Outreach’s Livestock Guardian Dog Program.  In a land where commercial farming has encroached on wildlife for generations, certain NGOs and farmers are working together to create new ways of solving the problems of predation.  Cheetah Outreach comes not…

Wolf Pack on Todagin Mountain

Over 2011 and 2012, Paul Colangelo camped on Todagin Mountain with its large herd of endangered Stone’s Sheep for five months to tell the story of the herd and document its habitat use, using specialized camera equipment to record the movements of the sheep across the plateau. Learn more in his earlier posts: Surviving Todagin.…

Mating Season on Todagin Mountain

Starting each day with a two-hour hike in the dark up a snow-covered mountain, Paul Colangelo is on a mission to record the frenzied activity of Stone’s sheep battling for the chance to mate.

Surviving Todagin: Introduction

By Paul Colangelo, International League of Conservation Photographers Among the mountainous folds of remote northwestern British Columbia lies Todagin Mountain, a grassy plateau 15 miles long and five miles wide that is thought to have the highest density of Stone’s sheep in the world. The herd lives year-round on the plateau and slopes of Todagin,…

When Predators & Farmers Collide : Botswana

These people work hard out here; the conservationists, the farmers, everyone.  The hot days of October dictate an early rise to reach the far-flung locations that entail research, data gathering and community outreach. I’m in the central Kalahari region, just outside the town of Ghanzi in Botswana.  It’s hot, like… Africa hot… as the cliché…

Carcass Disposal–A Conservation Tool for Predators: Interview with Dr. Seth Wilson

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To your average Westerner, the words “management of predators” typically conjure up reactive, and terminal measures following a negative experience with dangerous, nuisance animals. Preventive measures to mitigate human-predator conflict are now commonly employed by ranchers. Why? Reactive management is very time consuming, for one thing.  Secondly, the need to ‘put down’ an animal is often perceived as…

Active Mars Belches Methane

For a planet at the center of so many discussions about life, Mars can seem like a really dead world. It’s cold, dry, and dusty with a thin atmosphere that doesn’t block out much solar radiation. There’s minerals and gullies that suggest water flowed there more than three billion years ago, but aside from a…