A trophy for Trump, or trump for the Trophy?

In a recent announcement to the world, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) lifted and backflipped a ban on the importation of elephant trophies. What are the implications on conservation and from a socio-economic perspective to the countries involved on a ban on the importation of elephant trophies? What is trophy hunting? Trophy hunting is... Continue Reading →

The last stand for the world’s largest mangrove forest

Figure 1. Chital deer standing in mangrove swamps. Source: Wikipedia.com Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal share the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, one of the Indian sub-continent’s most biodiverse ecosystems. Historically, emblematic Asian species, such as the Javan rhinoceros and leopards roamed the area, but they became locally extinct primarily due to human... Continue Reading →

Saving the Florida Panther

With an estimated 180 individuals in the wild, there is no doubt that Florida Panthers (Puma concolor coryi) need all the help they can get. A sub-species of the North American Mountain Lion, Florida Panthers have already been recipients of extensive conservation management. Yet the help they are now receiving is coming from some unexpected... Continue Reading →

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