The Peace Parks Foundation
is an international, neutral body that coordinates the creation of "Peace Parks
" -- a more foundation friendly name for "Transfrontier Conservation Areas." Peace Parks are defined as "relatively large protected areas, which straddle international frontiers between two or more countries and cover large-scale natural systems encompassing one or more protected areas."
Executive Vice-Chairman Willem van Riet of South Africa, in San Diego, California, this month to receive the Presidential Award
from GIS software giant ESRI, is that Peace Parks remove the fences of international frontiers -- the "scars of history" -- to let elephants resume their natural migratory paths. An early success of this idea was profiled in full and stunning color
by the National Geographic in 2001.
posted by mmahaffie
on Aug 22, 2004 -
Polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba.
Wildlife photographer Ken Bereskin has a nice collection of polar bears
frolicking in the snow. This itchy bear
is so frustrated, he's using the rippled ice of a frozen lake to
scratch himself. If you need a change of temperature, he also has over 500 images
of wildlife from Uganda and Kenya, including big
(a mother cuddling
, a cheetah chomping
down on a gazelle
, and a young lioness shredding
a skeleton to pieces
eating the cheetah's leftovers, a black-headed heron eating
a venomous boomslang snake
, and a scary-looking
taking it all in from above). He also has a smaller
of desert wildlife from the dunes of Etoshia National
Park in Namibia. (His real job is working for Apple, and he has a
that hasn't been updated in eons, but evidently that's not as much fun
as chasing after hungry carnivorous animals in the sweltering heat, or
risking frostbite in the snow).
posted by invisible ink
on May 6, 2004 -
Country Life: Wildlife Reports From Around The World.
Here's a generous helping of trip reports from a group of dedicated naturalists who manage to be thorough and entertaining at the same time. It's part of a travel agency's web site, but not so as you'd notice it. Reading through them, one feels quietly (perhaps dangerously?) optimistic at the astonishing variety of all things bright and beautiful in this grossly over-exploited world of ours. (Well, there may be too many birds in the fauna/flora mix, if you're not a certified ornithologist. Oh - and not enough detail on the local gastronomical delights!)
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Mar 18, 2004 -
Politics storms the museum
Earlier this month, the National Museum of Natural History opened "Seasons of Life and Land," an exhibit of wildlife photographs by artist-naturalist Subhankar Banerjee. If you go to Washington, you'll find the show hung in the museum's Baird Ambulatory Gallery, essentially a basement hallway installed with lights. Just two months ago, however, it was prepared to run in a more complete form in a premiere gallery on the museum's main floor, alongside a major exhibit of botanical paintings. What happened?
posted by bas67
on May 18, 2003 -
- fed up with man's ugliness to man? Escape to this Budapest gallery's oasis of nature photography. Don't be off-put by the Hungarian text, hit start and wait for the main menu, then go to portfolios
to access the works of about 30 photographers, Tagok
for mini galleries, or diaporama
for a lovely film. Flash & sound alert, but very well worth it if you have the time to explore.
posted by madamjujujive
on Mar 22, 2003 -
Claude Dallas: the last outlaw?
In 1981, Claude shot two Fish and Game officers who had come to take him to town for being in violation of wildlife laws. Apparently he "lived by the laws of nature; not the laws of man." It took 15 months to finally bring him in and his run from the law inspired a movie
. After being sentenced to 30 years in prison, Claude escaped from the Idaho State Penitentiary and inspired a song
of his exploits. Was Claude "the last outlaw" or just a murderer? What place do outlaws and renegades have in today's society?
posted by Hall
on Oct 23, 2002 -
Like a big bald eagle? Order one now! Humour might be one way of trying to protect endangered animals but the bushmeat trade
is no joke and fighting it
is damn difficult, probably as difficult as fighting world poverty. Does anyone else feel that these jokes just aren't funny anymore?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Sep 19, 2002 -
Wild goose chase
- "British wildlife experts are mourning the loss of Kerry the goose after tracking him by satellite all the way from Ireland to an Eskimo's kitchen in Arctic Canada." No, seriously.
posted by paladin
on Aug 27, 2002 -
Where have all the bees gone?
Wild bee populations appear to be declining (members of a local naturalists' mailing list I subscribe to report seeing substantially fewer bumblebees in recent years), and domestic honeybees are susceptible to mites. Since one third of our crops require pollination, this is not just an environmental concern but also a very real threat to our food supply. Find out what's being done about it. Fascinating stuff, if a little frightening.
posted by mcwetboy
on May 27, 2002 -
Animals thought extinct found in remote Cambodian jungle:
British scientists have found a wilderness in the Cardamom region of Cambodia where exotic species, some though to be
extinct, have been found. These include the Siamese
crocodile, the wolf snake (a new species so named because of
its dog-like fangs), large populations of tigers and Asian
elephants, and the gower, a forest cow. Ironically, the habitat was protected from significant human
intrusion because it was a longtime Khmer Rouge stronghold
and also because routes lead to and from it are landmined.
posted by jhiggy
on Oct 5, 2000 -