Animals

Wildlife Trafficking and Terrorism

Wildlife Trafficking and Terrorism

With the recent uproar around trophy hunting of lions and elephants, the spotlight has once again been put on big African game and their chances of species survival. Although the backlash against president Trump’s proposed lift of the ban is arguably justified, one-off poaching is far from the biggest threat facing these creatures today. Ivory…

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Canned Hunting: Breeding Lions for Sport

The Canned Hunt and The Controversy of Breeding Lions for Sport

The Big Hunt, nothing new here With the recent news about the Trump’s trophy hunting past times, the practice has quickly shot back into the news. Foreigners going to Africa to hunt exclusive game is nothing new, and striving to get the Big Five is certainly not groundbreaking either. Westerners have been infatuated with testing…

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What is happening to the bees?

What is happening to the honey bee?

Bees have the ultimate thankless job—all they do is give, and lately they just can’t catch a break. Their recent trouble is even more frustrating considering just how great they are. Along with sharks, bees are some of the oldest species. Scientists recently found an 100 million-year-old fossil. They are everywhere, totaling to 20,000 species…

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Mantas: Cloaked in Mystery

Manta rays

Game show question time—what is the fish with the biggest brain? You’d be forgiven if you thought that it sharks because of their age, or whale sharks based on their sheer size, but in fact, manta rays have the highest brain weight to body weight, ratio, bigger than most bony fishes, birds and even mammals.…

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Volunteer in South Africa with Afri-Campus

Recalling what she learned in her training, Beth’s eyes followed the direction the giraffes were gazing. It didn’t take her long to realize that all of them were being watched by one of Africa’s Big Five. Not too far away, a leopard lay benignly under a bush, casually assessing lunch options. Using her intuition and…

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A Cruel and Unsustainable Practice: How Can We Stop Shark Finning

how can we stop shark finning

Humans often have a history of conquering what we find scary in some seemingly perverse way of proving ourselves. However, in the midst of some recent incredibly cruel actions towards other predators, shark finning might very well be the worst. Shark numbers are dwindling fast, and in order to keep these beautiful creatures alive, we…

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6 Ways Orangutans Are Just Like Us

5 Ways Orangutans Are Just Like Us

“Looking into a hairy mirror” might sound strange but learn a little about these guys and you just may realize that orangutans are just like us. 1) Meet The “Man Of The Forest” Orangutan literally means “Man Of The Forest” in Malay. In fact, they share 96.4% of our DNA. You may say that they are arguably…

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Meet The Bluefin Tuna, While You Still Can

bluefin tuna

Save the bluefin tuna The prospect of an overfished ocean is a truly scary thing and could be a reality. What we once thought was an inexhaustible resource has fallen to the overconsumption and greed that unfortunately isn’t too uncommon for humans. The oceans are being abused, and everything from sharks and sea turtles to…

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Don’t live in fear, it’s completely fine to go back in the water

sharks are not dangerous

This is the time of year where it’s unavoidable to avoid articles warning beachgoers about the perils of swimming in the ocean. You’ll see clickbait articles that reference “HUGE” and “JUST FEET AWAY” trying to scare you. It’s important to remember in the midst of the media frenzy that sharks are not dangerous as once…

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