Exploring Wilderness, Reflections on Body Painting

The landscape of the human body is a “wilderness” in its own right. For longer than anything else created by wild nature, the bodyscape has been a place of exploration and a source of continuous experiential revelation, as well as an object of adornment, abuse, and...

The Spirit Bear

(italicized text is an excerpt from the August issue of National Geographic magazine, available on newsstands July 26) Neither albino nor polar bear, the spirit bear (also known as the Kermode bear) is a white variant of the North American black bear, and it’s...

FWS Agents Tutor Africans in Bid to Halt Poaching Surge

With 193 rhinos killed by poachers in the first half of the year, South Africa is on track to set a sad record in 2011. If left unchecked, rhino poaching totals could break an all-time high of 333 rhinos killed in the country in what was a very bloody 2010. Among...

State of the Ocean Report

On Monday, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and the International Program on the State of the Oceans (IPSO), released a report warning that the world’s oceans are at high risk for a...

Kenya torches 5 tons of ivory taken from poachers

On Wednesday, July 20th, Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki set fire to more than 5 tons of elephant ivory worth $16 million in an act meant to focus attention on a rising tide of poaching deaths. “Through the disposal of contraband ivory, we seek to formally...
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