When it comes to the survival of orphaned elephant infants, loving friendship is the only thing that works. Baby elephants need continuous loving, tactile affection as much as they need food. Without it they quickly die. Kenya’s Dame Daphne Sheldrick, pioneer in elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation, learned this the hard way. For years she […]

via All Friends At Nairobi’s Elephant Orphanage — Tish Farrell

For the Love of Elephants

“Charismatic megafauna”is a concept in science meant to explain why humans are drawn to certain creatures. Whales, giraffes, elephants and pandas are all animals humans create bonds with, whether we have ever see the animal close up or not.This bond typically develops in us as children as we are introduced to these animals through story books…

via For the Love of Elephants — elephantopia

Big Problems in Kenya for Wildlife

On the night of Mar. 29, suspected herdsmen burnt an exclusive safari lodge owned by prominent Italian-born, Kenyan author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann. The attack left the luxurious Mukutan Retreat lodge in northern Kenya in ruins, with the armed men burning down cottages, and shooting at Gallmann’s daughter Sveva as she was trying to get…

via Kenya’s tourism industry and conservation efforts are being threatened by drought-induced violence — Quartz

Florida Panther Status in the Wild!

An estimated 150 plus Florida Panthers (elsewhere known as Cougars, Pumas, etc) are estimated to survive in their remaining habitat in south Florida. They live in the forests and swamps and are considered critically endangered.

Genetic depletion, alligators, poaching, human encroachment, highways, habitat degradation and loss to development, disease, territorial aggression among males for remaining available territory- all these contribute to the plight of this sub-species.

Conservation efforts in the recent past has helped keep the panther from total extinction but they are clearly on the brink.

If you are looking at a house in a new Florida subdivision it may be on recent former panther territory…The area around Naples, Florida, for example, has been traditional habitat for this big cat!


A zoo west of Paris lost one of its three Rhinoceros to well organized poachers. The carefully planned entry into the zoo and the Rhino enclosure was a surprise and shock to zoo administrators, staff and the public.

The valuable horn was removed from the dead White Rhino  and the criminals left without much of a trace.

Is there no limit to this nonsense for horn deemed useful and precious as a male sexual aid, popular in the orient, but scientifically proven to be as useless as ground fingernail to which it closely resembles?


Southeast Asia’s Unquenchable Appetite For Turtles To Eat

India has reported its largest-ever wildlife haul. On Jan. 11, the police in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) recovered over 6,000 freshwater turtles from poachers who planned to smuggle them to southeast Asia. The rescued reptiles weigh 4.4 tonnes in all and were found stuffed in 140 jute bags at a smuggler’s…

via In India’s biggest wildlife haul, 6,000 turtles were seized en route to southeast Asia — Quartz

Defenders Of Wildlife on Trump’s Election — Natural History Wanderings

Defenders of Wildlife News Release DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION; CONSERVATION OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES Following is a statement from the President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, Jamie Rappaport Clark, on President-elect Donald Trump’s election and the conservation opportunities and challenges ahead. “Although we know we will not see eye-to-eye with President-elect Trump and his administration on […]

via Defenders Of Wildlife on Trump’s Election — Natural History Wanderings