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Most Wild-Caught Grey Parrots Die Before Market

Researchers in the field estimate that 45-65% of wild-caught African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) die before arrival at markets and quarantine facilities in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Terese Hart, Director of the TL2 Project (www.bonoboincongo.com), clarifies that trappers lose an average of 25%, local buyers declare a 10-40% mortality rate, and air transport to…

July 28, 2013: Riding Horseback From Canada To Brazil, Walking Silently For 17 Years, and More

This week, we ride from Calgary to Brazil, relying on the kindness of strangers, then we forego motorized vehicles for 22 years while maintaining a vow of silence, and finally, we get some hiking tips from the best hiker in the world.

Forest Elephant Sanctuary Under Seige

There is no better place to study endangered African forest elephants than the Dzanga Bai in the Central African Republic.  Elephants are drawn in large numbers to this small clearing by the mineral rich soil.  They will hang out for hours at a time making themselves easily visible to researchers and tourists, for the chance…

Solution: Escape Gaps for Fish Traps

Bycatch. That’s the fish that fishers didn’t mean to catch but did – baby fish, species people don’t like to eat, fish no one will buy. High levels of bycatch make fishing unsustainable, not to mention it’s a huge waste. So what can be done about it? Well, that depends on the type of fishing gear…

11,000 Elephants Slaughtered in African Forest

Gabon’s Minkebe National Park, once home to Africa’s largest forest elephant population, has lost 11,100 elephants to the illegal ivory trade in recent years, the Wildlife Conservation Society says. If we can find hundreds of millions of dollars to fight terrorism in Mali, we should be able to find the resources to combat this last big push by poachers, which may well be the final blow to a species that has just about gone extinct in the majority of countries where it once ranged.

African Pangolins in Chinese Soup Bowls

Reports from the wildlife trade monitoring organization Traffic, African media outlets, and scholarly researchers point to well-developed trade in pangolins from African source countries to China.

August 19, 2012: Breaking World Records, Jamming to Rusted Root, and More

This week on “National Geographic Weekend,” join host Boyd Matson as we cycle around the world in 92 days, capture snow leopards in Afghanistan, meet Boyd’s radio doppelgangers, take the world’s temperature, send a touring jam band on their way, hike North America, sail across Melanesia navigating by the stars, and dig up China’s ethnically diverse history.

Tiger Poachers Get Stiff Sentences

Two men received substantial prison sentences after being convicting of poaching in Thailand earlier this year. One convicted tiger poacher, a Vietnamese citizen, received four years in prison; the other,  a Thai national, received five—the most severe punishment for wildlife poaching ever given in Thailand. The men had been convicted in Thai court on February 19.…

Contest in the Congo: Central Africa’s Shot at Sustainable Development

As some 30 million votes are counted in the wake of elections this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), another contest is shaping up in the Congo between those who would build systems of fair governance and those who would ransack Central Africa for its natural resources.

Path of the Pronghorn Leading To New Passages – Part 2

WCS Scientists blog from the field in a 2-part series that looks at pronghorn encountering difficult highway crossing points during their fall migration. The animals get a glimpse of the construction of underpasses and overpasses meant to keep wildlife and motorists off a collision course.

Path of the Pronghorn Leading To New Passages

WCS Scientists blog from the field in a 2-part series that looks at pronghorn encountering difficult highway crossing points during their fall migration. The animals get a glimpse of the construction of underpasses and overpasses meant to keep wildlife and motorists off a collision course.

Snow Leopards in the Wakhan Corridor

Good news about an endangered species: the Associated Press reports that snow leopards have been found at various locations throughout Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor.

Out of the Woods

By Boyd Matson. To paraphrase an old saying, “You can’t see the elephants for the trees.” WCS researcher Andrea Turkalo has been studying elephants for over 20 years. I recently visited Turkalo and the elephants in the Central African Republic. Listen to the interview from NG Weekend.

Expedition to the Sacred Reef of Fiji #5

Pioneering work by Dr. Charles Mazel and others on coral fluorescence led to the use of blue lights and photographic filters both to produce stunning images and also to learn more about coral reef processes. On our team, Drs. David Kline, Tali Treibitz and Greg Mitchell, of Pacific Blue Foundation and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, are developing unique camera systems to document these glowing reefscapes.

Expedition to the Sacred Reef of Fiji #4

Bruce, the bull shark from the movie Finding Nemo leads a Sharks Anonymous meeting with the mantra, “I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.” However, in Fiji, fish are both friends and food.