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What are elephants really scared of?

What are elephants really scared of?

An elephant herd leisurely grazes through a savanna in central Kenya. A small elephant calf playfully chases his older sister through the brush while their mother, the matriarch (leader) of the herd, strips bark from a ...
Tomorrow’s Lmaras: The quest to save reticulated giraffes

Tomorrow’s Lmaras: The quest to save reticulated giraffes

When most people imagine giraffes they probably think of tall mammals with spots. There are actually many kinds of giraffes in ...
Garden of the vampires

Garden of the vampires

England, 1614: The crop was in ruins. The food plants were desiccated, brown, and brittle. There would be no harvest this ...
Counting elephants from the air: the Great Elephant Census and why it counts

Counting elephants from the air: the Great Elephant Census and why it counts

Nobody is sure how many elephants there are in Africa. There are pretty good estimates of how many people there are ...
The cheetahs of America?

The cheetahs of America?

A big cat zipped through the plains chasing an antelope. This cat was built for speed. It had a small head ...
One clever ape: new book celebrates real-life Orangutan Houdini

One clever ape: new book celebrates real-life Orangutan Houdini

An interview with Laurel Neme about her new children’s book, Orangutan Houdini. When no one is looking, a gangly orangutan named ...
Greenpeace sinks Lego’s $116 million deal with Shell Oil over Arctic drilling

Greenpeace sinks Lego’s $116 million deal with Shell Oil over Arctic drilling

Lego has announced it will be severing its partnership with the oil giant, Shell, when the current contract expires after a ...
Next big idea in forest conservation? Empower youth leaders

Next big idea in forest conservation? Empower youth leaders

Want to save forests? Don’t forget the youth, says Pedro Walpole, the Chair and Director of Research for the Environmental Science ...
Indonesia’s children see ravaged environment in their future

Indonesia’s children see ravaged environment in their future

A generation ago, Borneo was one of the wildest places on the planet. But decades of logging and oil palm plantations ...
Inside the forest elephant social network

Inside the forest elephant social network

Stephanie Schuttler awoke to something clattering around outside her bedroom, knocking over garbage cans and ripping leaves off of trees. If ...
A children’s book inspired by murder: the 25th anniversary of ‘The Great Kapok Tree’

A children’s book inspired by murder: the 25th anniversary of ‘The Great Kapok Tree’

“The Great Kapok Tree” was written by Lynne Cherry in response to the murder of Brazilian environmental activist Chico Mendes, who ...
Clawing their way to the top: lions vs. giraffes!

Clawing their way to the top: lions vs. giraffes!

Sometimes the lions win…and sometimes they don’t. A male giraffe contentedly strips leaves from an acacia tree on the Serengeti plains.  ...
The giant prehistoric amphibious beast of Ohio

The giant prehistoric amphibious beast of Ohio

Some people claim that Bigfoot roams through the forests of Northern California. For hundreds of years people have told stories of ...
Getting to know the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe

Getting to know the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe

Did you know that that there are different kinds of giraffes?  Scientists have identified nine different kinds of giraffes.  All of ...
What Large Ears You Have: Interview with the Large-Eared Tenrec

What Large Ears You Have: Interview with the Large-Eared Tenrec

By David Brown and Stuart Short Today’s article is coming to you from Ankarafantsika National Park in Madagascar. Our special guest ...
Freaky, streaky, and squeaky

Freaky, streaky, and squeaky

By Stuart Short & David Brown You tromp through a low elevation rain forest in Madagascar and hear strange squeaks and ...
Two kids, one year, from the Amazon to the Arctic: the environmental adventure of a lifetime

Two kids, one year, from the Amazon to the Arctic: the environmental adventure of a lifetime

The Kraft family—Larry, Lauri, Jamie (age 8), and Jason (age 6)—are on the trip of a lifetime, a round-the-world tour with ...
Local communities key to saving the Critically Endangered Mexican black howler monkey

Local communities key to saving the Critically Endangered Mexican black howler monkey

For conservation initiatives around the world, community involvement is often crucial. An additional challenge is how to conserve species once their ...
Primary school children build fuel-efficient stoves in Uganda

Primary school children build fuel-efficient stoves in Uganda

A group of young children have become a catalyst in the effort to save Kibale National Park from deforestation. Children from ...
Asia’s Unicorn discovered in Laos and Vietnam

Asia’s Unicorn discovered in Laos and Vietnam

Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), a 200 pound, two-horned bovine, has roamed around the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam unbeknownst to humans ...
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