I think we need to change the phrase "breed like rabbits" to "breed like humans," as no other species on this planet even comes close to the human reproduction rate. As our population grows, available land shrinks and more and more people are forced to live in crowded, urbanized environments, a situation ripe for the easy spread and emergence of infectious agents.
Let's go back to Hwange National Park, the scene of Cecil's demise. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, responsible for managing this park, derived most of its income for wildlife conservation across the country from trophy hunting. Let us mourn Cecil, but be careful what we wish for.
Nat Geo WILD's second annual "Wild To Inspire" short film competition is underway. The Huffington Post is featuring each
Although it's too late to prevent the current epidemic in West Africa, perhaps we can prevent another one if we take a moment to look at how Ebola and many other infectious diseases arrive on our doorstep in the first place: through the trade in animals.
Since the term bushmeat was coined over 20 years ago, there has been growing concern that hunting wildlife for food in the tropics risks the loss of all large-bodied animals in the world's remaining tropical forests.
Hunted and protected Ending bushmeat hunting requires several tactics. Increasing fines and enforcement could help, as would
"Because chimps are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, they are susceptible to catching diseases from us. We had
Pavlin said he was not surprised by the results of the Smith study. "My research has shown that there are myriad species
Visiting orangutans in the wilds tops my bucket list and it is clear I am running out of time. Nearly 700 orangutans were just slaughtered by local villagers in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo.
Primate parts smuggled inside cases of fish. Suitcases stuffed with dried duiker antelope that's later sold door to door. These are the hallmarks of the unregulated, underground bushmeat trade in America.