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World faces rhino horn dilemma

Mar 24, 2013

World faces rhino horn dilemma

Wildlife parts are valuable. A general rule of thumb is that the bigger the beast, the bigger the price. You don't get much bigger than a white rhino (3,000 kg). It is the largest grazing (i.e., purely grass-eating) animal that has ever lived. Its ...

Gruesome death stalks the front lines of conservation

Mar 24, 2013

Gruesome death stalks the front lines of conservation

It is one of the most poignant photos I’ve taken during this CITES. We are in Khao Yai (literally, “Big Mountain”), Thailand’s first and grandest national park. Peaks and plunges. Huge trees. Waterfalls. And there are elephants and even a few tigers out there. ...

The host with the most ... broken ribs

Nov 26, 2006

The host with the most ... broken ribs

Take six Japanese, one Chinese, all young, female and studying law at Chuo University in Tokyo. Subtract any experience of participating in a serious road trip across one of the harshest desert environments on the planet. Add a host of potentially alarming variables such ...

Studying Sri Lanka's simian soap opera

| Sep 10, 2002

Studying Sri Lanka's simian soap opera

Scientists at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center in Atlanta, Ga., are sewing the eyelids of infant primates shut to see how that affects their behavior. At the New England Regional Primate Research Center, a database is maintained of self-inflicted wounds — fingers bitten ...

A rainy spell, and a desert blooms

| Aug 27, 2002

A rainy spell, and a desert blooms

For much of the year, most of Namaqualand is hot, dry, dusty and all but dead. The 48,000 sq. km expanse, which stretches northward from the Olifants River up to the lower reaches of the Orange River in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, is ...

Chengdu, Sichuan's city of contrasts

| Jul 9, 2002

Chengdu, Sichuan's city of contrasts

Tonight, our guide Desmond assures us, there is going to be “a very exciting party.” The Tibetans are planning a neck-wrestling competition. And you, Desmond adds, as the first foreigners to visit the newly opened hall of Tibetan games and dance, are going to ...

Biblical reserve echoes Noah's 'two by two'

| Apr 9, 2002

Biblical reserve echoes Noah's 'two by two'

A visit to Israel is probably not high on your list of tourism priorities at the moment, but should the situation calm down and the killings and fighting stop, here’s one to consider: The Biblical Wildlife Reserve of Hai-Bar Yotvata. The reserve’s founding father ...