Invented independently by a US game bird farmer, a young African herder and an Australian sheep farmer, disruptive lights can dissuade lions and other predators from attacking livestock.
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t age 70 Ngai Mutuoboro may not possess the vibrancy of his youthful days, but he can still pack a punch when it comes to environmental conservation. The elder from…
Tomorrow, Kenya will set fire to more than 105 metric tons of elephant tusks, representing several thousand dead elephants. This ivory burn is believed to be the largest-ever destruction of…
Kenya suffered severe deforestation from the 1970s to the 1990s, mainly for charcoal and timber production. Forest destruction is still a problem in the East African country. Of Kenya’s 30,000…
Concentrated in the Congo Basin, lush Guineo-Congolian rainforests stretch across Africa's midsection, from West Africa down to northern Angola and eastward towards the Great Rift Valley. But only one small…
or the past ten years Kenya and Uganda have been engaged in a fierce tussle over Migingo Island in Lake Victoria. A low slab of rocky land less than the…
The Nganyi forest shrine in Esibila village, in Western Kenya may not appear on any geographical map as an important icon. But the forest, which lies on just one acre…
WildTech asks Dr. Henrik Rasmussen of Savannah Tracking about shifting careers from biologist to engineer.
2015 was yet another deadly year for rhinos in Africa as at least 1,305 animals were killed by poachers. According to TRAFFIC, a UK-based non-profit that monitors the wildlife trade,…
n September 9, I arrived back in Mombasa, Kenya, after an investigative mission to Dubai and Egypt for the independent conservationist Karl Ammann. No region of the world makes it…
Integrating a suite of technologies can help protect wild elephants and monitoring grazing by domestic livestock, and improve human-wildlife relations.
Every year, millions of wildebeest — together with thousands of zebras and other animals — begin a long, arduous migratory journey through the Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara in Kenya, and…
This is a story about elephants, bees, trees, and a drink called Amarula. Amarula Cream is a liqueur distilled from the fermented fruit of the marula tree. The trees’ fruit…
The United Nations today announced 21 winners of the 2015 Equator Prize, a prestigious award that recognizes community-led environmental initiatives. The winners, selected from a pool of 1,461 nominations across…
In May, 10 black rhinos were moved to Sera Community Conservancy, where they have been absent for 25 years.
Sadly, it is not a magician’s illusion, but a genuine plummeting in giraffe numbers across Africa. After a two-year effort spearheaded by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, members of the International…
The governments of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar and Mozambique have agreed to work together to combat the illegal timber trade that is plaguing East and Southern Africa, reports WWF. The…
Investment in small-scale farmers ‘could have big payoff’ in the fight against climate change, poverty
Buoyed by the raft of recent research demonstrating how local control is often a boon for forest health, a UN agency calls for greater investment in smallholder farmer organizations.
A researcher’s mission to keep people and elephants out of harm’s way in Kenya’s Trans-Mara District
PhD student Lydia Tiller researches elephants’ use of increasingly crowded space to help reduce conflict between them and the rapidly expanding farming communities of Kenya’s Trans-Mara District.
Conservationists across the globe seek sustainable, effective means of reducing human-carnivore conflict which can result in the death of people, livestock and wildlife, as farmers and herders who lose valuable…
To accelerate conservation progress in Africa, improve support to African civil society organizations (commentary)
Home to an unmatched diversity of landforms, terrestrial and marine wildlife, and the world’s second-largest expanse of tropical forest, the African continent is undergoing a suite of social, economic and institutional transformations that are creating complex challenges for conservation efforts.
In response to growing concerns about elephant poaching, President Obama today announced a new push to limit the ivory trade in the United States.
Most African elephant ivory is from a very few places A study published last week in Science showed that most of the ivory being trafficked today comes from two areas…
With new GPS technology, researchers can pinpoint the location of their subject to within a few meters, at any given time, and learn when an animal's movements are out of the ordinary.
A white rhino in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. When it comes to trafficking rhino, elephant, and tiger parts the biggest players are China,…
Photo essay: Polluted, overfished, and choked by weeds, world’s second-largest lake is ‘on its knees’
Fishing gear stands ready next to the day's catch on the shore of Lake Victoria. Photo credit: Isaiah Esipisu. Lake Victoria, Africa's largest fresh water body and the world's second…
An interview with Dr. Zeke Davidson on efforts to save Grevy's zebra. Grevy's zebra (Equus grevyi) is the largest of the zebra species and also the most threatened. Listed as…
A signpost showing the U.N. road (Crescent) that passes through the forest. Photo credit: Protus Onyango. The founder of Kenya's GreenBelt Movement, Wangari Maathai, won the Nobel Peace Prize in…
A farmer threshes beans just harvested from a field outside Babati, Tanzania. Women make up nearly half of the agricultural workforce in sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: Rachel Cernansky. On a hot…
- Solomon Islands environmental defender faces life sentence for arson charge
- Threatened species caught in crossfire of ongoing land conflict in Myanmar
- Under cover of COVID-19, loggers plunder Cambodian wildlife sanctuary
- Brazilian Amazon protected areas ‘in flames’ as land-grabbers invade
- ‘Tamper with nature, and everyone suffers’: Q&A with ecologist Enric Sala
- New paper highlights spread of organized crime from global fisheries
- Study: Chinese ‘dark fleets’ illegally defying sanctions by fishing in North Korean waters
- Game changer? Antarctic ice melt related to tropical weather shifts: Study
- As the Amazon burns, what happens to its biodiversity?
- Game changer: NASA data tool could revolutionize Amazon fire analysis
- The view from above: How do we know what’s really burning in the Amazon?
- Rise in Amazon deforestation slows in August, but fires surge
Land rights and extractives
- With its mining boom past, Australia deals with the job of cleaning up
- Mining industry releases first standard to improve safety of waste storage
- Canada not walking the talk on its miners’ abuses abroad, campaigners say
- New report asks, do land titles help poor farmers?
- Indonesian fishers opposed to dredging project hit by ‘criminalization’ bid
- Life as an Amazon activist: ‘I don’t want to be the next Dorothy Stang’
- In Philippines’ Palawan, top cop linked to assault on environmental officer
- Deaths, arrests and protests as Philippines re-emerges from lockdown
Indonesias forest guardians
- Why I stand for my tribe’s forest: It gives us food, culture, and life (commentary)
- Reforesting a village in Indonesia, one batch of gourmet beans at a time
- Restoring Sumatra’s Leuser Ecosystem, one small farm at a time
- Indigenous Iban community defends rainforests, but awaits lands rights recognition
- Failure in conservation projects: Everyone experiences it, few record it
- On a wing and a prayer? Evidence for ways to conserve bats (commentary)
- Audio: The sounds of a rare New Zealand bird reintroduced to its native habitat
- Eavesdrop on forest sounds to effectively monitor biodiversity, researchers say
Southeast asian infrastructure
- Paper giant APP’s Sumatran road project cuts through elephant habitat
- Study revealing New Guinea’s plant life ‘first step’ toward protection
- Indonesian case highlights potential for long-term harms of corruption
- Indonesia approves coal road project through forest that hosts tigers, elephants