The Copenhagen Zoo, which generated controversy by euthanizing a healthy giraffe last month to prevent inbreeding, has now euthanized four healthy lions.
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Earlier this year, Circus World in Baraboo, Wisconsin, confirmed that it intends to put on a cruel and antiquated elephant act during its 2014 season. Join PETA in urging the Circus World Museum Foundation's board of directors to make the compassionate decision to end cruel elephant acts at Circus World!
George Monbiot: New research suggests that there was never a state of grace. We have always been the nemesis of the planet's wildlife
I could find a solution to human limitations described here only by creating a fictional earth populated by intelligent animals whose intelligence had evolved past sentience to sapience millions of years ago.
Charley Krebs: Ecological science moves along slowly in its mission to understand how the Earth’s populations, communities, and ecosystems operate within the constraints of human impacts on the Bios...
There are many additional reasons for ecology's failure to deal with the current global ecological crisis, but these are the big ones. I would add that ecology has failed to connect with non specialists. People don't really know what ecology is or realize the importance of ecological knowledge. This helps explains limitations one and two.
The future of imperiled species and public lands rests heavily on our federal financial support decisions. But you can make a difference. Your member of Congress has until April 4th to tell the Appropriation Committees to increase funding for our wildlife and public lands.
Only five NATO nations—Canada, Denmark, Norway, the U.S., and the U.K.—continue to use animals in these barbaric exercises. The Canadian military cuts apart and poisons live pigs with toxic chemicals, the military of Norway shoots live pigs with high-velocity bullets and inflicts numerous life-threatening injuries and bone fractures, and the military of Denmark—with participation from the U.K. Ministry of Defence—subjects live pigs to horrific bullet and blast wounds. The U.S. military stabs, shoots, dismembers, burns, and kills thousands of animals . . . .
Jacques Cousteau called it the "world's aquarium": a place of flying mobula rays, frolicking sea lions and colorful reef fish. Marine scientist Alison Green travels to the Sea of Cortez to see the biological wonders for herself, and ponders the future of this special place.
The Wild Peace Wolf OR-7 Expedition is an adventure to celebrate the remarkable journey of an ordinary wolf named OR-7. Follow the adventure Spring 2014.
OR-7 traveled 1,200 miles in 42 days to become the first wolf in California in nearly 90 years.
A compilation of scenes taken out of the original version of the USGS film, Living with Fire, to produce the 11 minute final available on the web. The final ...
Halsey correctly points out that invasive weeds are increasing fire frequency beyond chaparral's tolerance. Grazing livestock, roads, trails, firebreaks, and other developments give the weeds access. Removing chaparral will reduce fire intensity, but it will result in more frequent grass/forb fires and far fewer wildlife species. Controlling the developers is the solution. We need much stricter land-use and building codes for people and chaparral to coexist.
Caltrans Ignores Impacts to Smith River Canyon, Coho Salmon
EPIC along with several other conservation groups filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court today to halt construction of a Caltrans highway-widening project that would harm threatened coho salmon runs and undermine public safety along the wild and scenic Smith River Canyon in California’s remote Del Norte County. The project is aimed at widening narrow sections of highways 197 and 199 to provide access for oversized trucks. The conservation groups had challenged Caltrans’ approval of the project in federal and state court last year, for its inadequate review of the environmental impacts.
“Caltrans would have us believe. . . .
Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) formally proposed to remove federal Endangered Species Act protection for nearly all gray wolves throughout the United States. But after an independent peer review board unanimously decided that the best available science doesn’t support the plan to delist, wolves have been given a second chance at maintaining federal protection.
And, for the model to work, there must be at least three populations with this movement happening between them. The good news is that this is possible, provided that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes two additional populations and lets lobos move from population to population.
"THERE are about 1,2 million seals along Namibia's coast - 16% up from 1993 figures - and consisting out of 26 colonies, according to the last survey figures from 2011. The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau, views this as a possible imbalance and is considering "to declare a war" against the seals" http://allAfrica.com.
Countries around the world are burning ivory stockpiles. It's a powerful symbol against the illegal trade in elephant tusks that resulted in as many as 30,000 elephant deaths last year. But those demonstrations can only be so effective when a legal market for ivory trade exists. And according to a new report (pdf) from the Environmental...
A plan by Arizona wildlife conservationists to bolster herds of bighorn sheep went awry when the animals were airdropped at a cost of $5,000 apiece into mountain lion territory, where half were killed within a few months.
Transplanting wildlife is risky. Failure is common. Of course, we can't change human development plans, so the animals have to go or die anyway.