Sharing Space With Wildlife

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One of the first things we are taught as children is to be mindful of traffic.  We know all too well the consequences of running across a busy street; doing so with blatant disregard would be considered suicide.  Therefore, it is well established that roadways are the automobiles area, and we respect that.  So why don’t we give the same… Read more »

The Ivory War Continues: 22 Years After the Ban

2011 was considered the bloodiest year for elephants since 1989, the same year the ivory ban began.  Confiscated ivory from illegal sales estimate over 3000 elephants were killed by poachers to fuel the black market demand; and that is just what was found.  In a single month, Malaysian authorities seized over $1.3 million US worth of ivory that was being… Read more »

A New Year For Conservation

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Like years past, 2011 has been full of both triumph and loss.  Precious habitat was saved.  Conservationists continued to educate and inspire others to help preserve our natural world.  In addition, new plant and animal species were discovered; however, a few were also considered to now be extinct.  With all of our great accomplishments over the last 365 days, I… Read more »

Peace and Place For All

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When I first began working in the field of wildlife conservation I was very naïve.  It was so easy to come up with solutions to habitat loss and species survival when humans were not factored into the equation.  It was so very simple to point an accusatory finger.  Part of the learning curve in this line of work is to… Read more »

A Love For Elephants

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West Virginia University has gone to the elephants!  Not only were Tina and her pachyderm friends highlighted on the homepage of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, but they were also featured on the West Virginia University main homepage.  In addition, you can find an interview with Tina regarding her research at the following link Inside WVU   … Read more »

Extinction: The Final Countdown

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The word extinction has shown up several times in the news lately regarding the population status of some wildlife species.  All too often we can identify species that have been deemed extinct, but we are not given an explanation of how this came to be.  Historically, or I should say prehistorically, we know that a meteor striking the earth and… Read more »

Habitat Preservation and the Discovery of New Species

It is hard to believe that in a world where the human population now exceeds 7 billion, that there are still unexplored wild areas, and new plant and animal species being discovered.  I think it is easy to understand the importance of preserving oceans, jungles, rainforests, grasslands, and deserts (yes, even deserts) for the known species that inhabit them, but… Read more »

Thank You

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This week, in the United States, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  This holiday is a time for recognizing the things and special people we are thankful for.  Aside from stuffing ourselves with roasted turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, the day is spent with friends and family.  In addition, I thought it would be the most fitting time to give… Read more »

A Trunk of Love: WVU Doctoral Student Finds Her Calling Researching Elephants

The story of Tina Dow’s love for elephants began in another story, tucked away in the pages of her first Little Golden Book. Never could she predict that someday she’d work with the same creatures that fascinated her as a little girl. It was the mighty elephant that steered her back onto an academic path. Dow, who grew up in Cumberland,… Read more »