Tag Archives: Wildlife

Can CITES Regulations Help Protect Wildlife?

From 3-14 March, the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is holding their Conference of Parties 16 (CoP16) in Bangkok, Thailand.  While some species will get the protection they so desperately need to survive in the wild, others seem to fall by the wayside.  What constitutes a species being placed on the coveted Appendix I list?  Is a… Read more »

Love is in the Air . . . and Babies on the Way

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought it only fitting to take a closer look at baby making, and rearing, in the animal kingdom.  Being a reproductive physiologist by training, I am always very fascinated by the ways wildlife have adapted to ensure species survival.  How animals have evolved to overcome harsh environments, predators, and lack of resources, to name… Read more »

Poaching: New Year, New Problems

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The last 365 days have proved to be one of the worst years for poaching since the 1980s.  In 2012, it is estimated that over 17,000 elephants and 700 rhino were lost during this ongoing global war against wildlife poaching.  Keep in mind these are but two out of hundreds of species that were affected.  The last year has been… Read more »

Wildlife Trafficking: Be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

With the holidays right around the corner many people have started their yearly quest for one of a kind gifts.  It is very easy amidst the hustle and bustle to purchase items based on beauty alone.  Please be wildlife aware when buying and receiving gifts.  The cost may only be a few dollars out of your pocket, but for an… Read more »

Dispelling Wildlife Myths- Halloween Edition

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With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it the perfect time to address some common misunderstandings about wildlife.  We have all heard them.  Whether they are called myths or Old Wives Tales most false accusations conjure up fear that sometimes result in the persecution and death of many innocent species. How many times have you heard someone say that… Read more »

Vultures: Ecosystem Guardians

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1 September marks International Vulture Awareness Day.  Although sometimes regarded as ugly and gross, vultures play a most important role in keeping ecosystems healthy.  They serve both a biological and cultural significance.  Unfortunately, several species are under threat of extinction due to humans.  And please believe me when I say, this is not a species that we can live without…. Read more »

Emerging Zoonotic Diseases in Wildlife

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Outbreaks of infectious disease make headlines around the globe almost daily.  Viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and parasites have the potential to affect both humans and animals alike.  A variety of infectious diseases can also be categorized as being zoonotic meaning they can be transmitted to other species.  As reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health… Read more »

Can Hunting be an Effective Conservation Tool?

Throughout the world hunting has been used as a way to harvest animals for human consumption.  In more cases then not, hunting has been managed sustainably to ensure long term availability of protein.  In order to have healthy wildlife populations, a balanced ecosystem has to be maintained and preserved.  Recently much attention has been given to hunting as a possible… Read more »

Dr. Tina Dow Inspires University Students to Help Wildlife

New WVU Student Group Supports Chimp Haven   Animal Awareness and Conservation, a new student group at West Virginia University, is turning its organizational interests into action with its first major service activity. Students from the group will be collecting items for Chimp Haven, the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Caddo Parish, La. It’s an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide… Read more »

The Fine Line Between Rescuing and Kidnapping Wild Baby Animals

It is baby time in the wildlife world!  From white-tailed deer fawns to fledgling sparrows, babies seem to be popping up everywhere.  And with all this activity inevitably comes human-wildlife interaction.  Although accidents happen, i.e., collisions with cars, feral animal attack, etc., that leave wildlife young orphaned, sometimes alone doesn’t really mean alone.  It is very common that wildlife parents… Read more »