Conservationist Fights for Persian Leopards in Iraqi Kurdistan (Earth Island Journal)

After the Iran–Iraq War (1980–1988), which severely degraded Iraqi nature, Persian leopards (Panthera pardus tulliana) were thought to be locally extinct. The war left the country with mountains covered with millions of landmines and many species with vastly depleted numbers. So nobody expected this endangered species — the world’s largest leopard — to remain in the …

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In the Colombian Andes, a forest corridor staves off species extinction (Mongabay)

In 2006, the world’s leading hummingbird photographer, Luis Mazariegos, visited La Mesenia, an isolated village in Colombia’s western Andes. He had no idea that besides taking a picture of the recently rediscovered glittering starfrontlet (Coeligena orina), he would find a place that hosts overwhelming biodiversity. The forests here, spanning altitudes from 1,700 to 3,170 meters …

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Arthur Sniegon: We Can Still Save African Elephants. Here’s How

Even though the elephant population decline is a gigantic problem – only 415,000 elephants remain compared to 10 million in 1930 – there are ways to protect this iconic species. The nonprofit Save Elephants, in collaboration with EAGLE Network (organizations fighting corruption and wildlife crime), have seen some success protecting elephants in Congo, Cameroon and …

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Mazariegos & Pimm: Animals in Western Andes Can Finally Find a Date

In this episode, I am talking to Luis Mazariegos and Stuart Pimm about their successful conservation project in Western Andes Cloud Forest, in Colombia, one of the most biodiverse spots on the planet. Since 2008, The Hummingbird Conservancy, with financial support from Saving Nature has restored 3,500 hectares of degraded land and connected about 100 …

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Lisa Carne & Maya Trotz: Belize Is a Shining Star of Coral Reef Restoration

Coral reefs provide food, coastal protection and livelihoods to a billion people worldwide. They are the planet’s most vulnerable ecosystem to climate change and are under threat from excess nutrients, overfishing and ocean acidification. Luckily there are amazing organizations like Fragments of Hope that have been able to achieve great results in coral reef restoration. …

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Arjoon-Martins & Thompson: Protecting Sea Turtles and Mangrove Forests in Guyana

Annette Arjoon-Martins is a Guyanese conservationist and pilot who founded the Guyana Marine Conservation Society, an NGO that originally started with protecting sea turtles on Shell Beach, Guyana, and now aims to protect mangrove forests and marine habitats in general. Ivana Thompson is a young marine biologist who has recently joined the organization to deepen …

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The long shot that saved Belize’s coral (BBC)

When Hurricane Iris hit southern Belize in 2001, the country’s magnificent corals were destroyed. But within 10 years, a radical restoration project brought the reef back to life. Read my story about the amazing work of the Belizean nonprofit Fragments of Hope on BBC Future Planet. Credit: Fragments of HOpe

Hana Raza: Fighting for a Better Future for Persian Leopards in Iraq

Hana Raza is a Kurdish wildlife conservationist who rediscovered the Persian leopard, once thought to be extinct, in the mountains of Kurdistan in 2011. She dedicated her career to establishing a program for conserving this globally endangered species.  In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious award of Future for Nature. Together we talk about:  Why …

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Thriving population of endangered monkeys gives hope to conservationists (Mongabay)

While in many places, ecosystems and wildlife are under increasing threat and suffering population declines, Vietnam’s Van Long Nature Reserve provides a light in the darkness. The reserve is home to the largest population of Delacour’s langurs (Trachypithecus delacouri), a critically endangered monkey species endemic to the country and numbering fewer than 300 in the …

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An initiative in Sumatra leads the way in saving endangered pangolins and slow lorises (Sustainability Times)

The illegal trade in pangolins and slow lorises in Indonesia has gained a lot of media attention, yet that has had only a small effect on combating the actual trade itself. In many areas of the country, these two critically endangered species have gone extinct due to a lack of law enforcement and specialized protection. …

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