Demand for Palm Oil threatens Great Apes.

For years, environmentalists have been warning that the world’s seemingly insatiable demand for palm oil, the reddish oil extracted from palm fruit that’s used in thousands of everyday products from margarine to cosmetics, poses a major risk to animals in the southeast Asian rainforests that are being cleared for palm cultivation. In Indonesia — a […]

The Rare Bearded Vulture returns.

A bearded vulture has been seen flying once again over Romania, for the first time in 83 years, according to a statement of the Romanian Ornithological Society. The bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) is one of the four species of vultures that used to live in Romania. However, the vulture was last seen on Romanian territory […]

The Cuckoo – under threat in the UK.

A cuckoo sits on a perch in the rain on Thursley Common, England. The United Kingdom has seen a 71% decline in the breeding population of cuckoos over the last 25 years. The decline is thought to be linked to the migration routes to wintering grounds in the Congo Basin in West Africa. The environmental […]

Mother and son, Singapore Zoo.

A six-week-old male white rhino calf, covered in mud, stands next to his mother, 32-year-old Donsa, at the Singapore Zoo in September, 2017. This is the Singapore Zoo’s twenty first white rhino calf born in captivity. Image Credit: Photograph by Wong Maye-E / AP via Photos of the Week: 9/23–9/29 – The Atlantic

Scottish Wildcat disappearing from Highlands.

The Scottish wildcat is one of the United Kingdom species most at risk of disappearing, according to the State of Nature report published this week. A quarter of mammals and nearly half of birds assessed are at risk of extinction. Photograph: Peter Cairns/Courtesy of Scottish Wildcat Action Source: The week in wildlife – in pictures […]

The ‘disappearing’ Hippopotamus.

Photographer Tim Flach’s latest book Endangered, with text by zoologist Jonathan Baillie, offers a powerful visual record of threatened animals and ecosystems facing the harshest of challenges. by Katharina Kropshofer Common hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius. IUCN Red List status: Vulnerable. In 2003, surveys showed that the number of hippos had dropped by 95% during eight years […]

How the world got hooked on palm oil.

Image Credit: Orangutans rescued near a palm oil plantation in Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photograph by Vier Pfoten/Four Paws/Rex It’s the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating environmental consequences. Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there grew a magical fruit. This fruit could […]

Maasai Warriors help Protect Lions.

Maasai warrior Kamunu Saitoti scans the Kenyan rangelands for a signal from a number of lions that have been fitted with radio collars. Saitoti is part of an organisation called Lion Guardians, a conservation initiative started in 2007 to find ways for the Maasai and lions to coexist. Scientists estimate that lion populations in Africa […]

Macaws at risk in Bolivia.

A blue and yellow macaw along the Bala Gorge on the Beni River near the town of Rurrenabaque, Bolivia – the proposed site of the Bolivian government’s controversial El Bala Chepete hydroelectric dam. Local indigenous people argue that the flooding would destroy flora and fauna and displace native people, putting the survival of their communities […]

Disappearing tribes.

With the project Before They Pass Away, the photographer Jimmy Nelson spent three years, from 2010 to 2013, to visit the endangered tribes around the world, to deliver a poignant testimony to a disappearing part of human history. A vibrant photographic tribute that reveals beautiful portraits of more than 35 tribes, ethnic groups and folklore, […]