Category Archives: Conservation

I WANT MY HAPPY HIPPO, MY-OH-MY The hippopotamus is an amazing creature that is often overlooked due to their co-inhabitance with the other, more popular charismatic megafauna of sub-Saharan Africa. However, in my time in Africa, with their permanent grin, constant flatulence, endearing grunts, and lazy attitude, I learned to love this species immensely. Their reputation […]

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  MONARCH BUTTERFLY MIGRATION: Every year, millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus plexippus) perform annual migrations across North America from southern Canada to overwintering sites in central Mexico. This 3,000 mile migration is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world. The butterflies begin their journey in September/October and arrive in Mexico around […]

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PLIGHT OF THE CHEETAH December 4th: International Cheetah Day The word cheetah comes from the Hindi word “chita” meaning “spotted one.” Since the 1900’s, the cheetah population has decreased by over 90% due to human conflict. They are the most endangered large cat in Africa with only about 7,100 adults left in the wild. The biggest cause of […]

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THE PLIGHT OF THE ELEPHANT  Researches have estimated that more than 20 million elephants roamed across Africa around the 1800’s. This population has dropped substantially and, according to the most comprehensive population assessment ever completed on elephants, The Great Elephant Census, the elephant population dropped by 30% from 2007 to 2014, a loss of 144,000 […]

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