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Live From The Congo: Despite Poacher’s Cross-Burning Death Threats, Elephant Ivory Project Team Courageously Presses On

‘Moses’, a suspected poacher in the Congo jungle, is burning crosses as death threats to National Park supporters, but it’s not enough to derail the Elephant Ivory Project team on to their mission to stop elephant poaching. We just arrived this morning and I already want to leave Kisangani, a city of 700,000 in the […]

IUCN Species of the Day: Pemba Featherleg

Photo credit: Viola Clausnitzer   The Pemba Featherleg, Platycnemis pembipes, is classified as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

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Tattoo of the Day

Tattoo by Dmitriy Samohin.

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Live From the Congo: Will A ‘Notoriously Violent’ Poacher and Rapist Hamper Elephant Ivory Project’s Efforts to Stop Poaching?

It’s been a fortunate few days. We arrived in Kinshasa on Monday, exhausted from 36 hours of transit, and found the Congo just as hot as we left it two years ago. On Tuesday morning, we met with Dr. Teresa Hart, a 30-year veteran of conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Teresa first […]

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Bush Warriors Wildlife Photography Workshop: Are You Stuck?

Hi all, After a few weeks it’s good to be back! As I was sitting thinking what I should write about for this blog I kept on coming back to one thought.  What is it that gets us inspired to photograph wildlife?  What is it that makes us click the shutter? After running a wildlife […]

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Live From the Congo: Elephant Ivory Project’s Journey to Stop Elephant Poaching Begins

Today, I’m packing. After two years in the works, we’re kicking off the Elephant Ivory Project in earnest on Sunday morning, when Andy Maser and I fly to Kinshasa–the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)–with a case of collection vials and the goal of saving a species.  Here’s the back story:

IUCN Species of the Day: Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey

Photo credit: Geoff Robinson   The Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey, Rhinopithecus avunculus, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

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Tattoo of the Day

Tattoo by Andrew Sussman.

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Tattoo of the Day

Tattoo by Mike DeVries.

IUCN Species of the Day: Lined Seahorse

Photo credit: ACJ Vincent/Project Seahorse   The Lined Seahorse, Hippocampus erectus, is listed as ‘VULNERABLE’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

shark tattoo by dmitriy samohin

Tattoo of the Day

  Tattoo by Dmitriy Samohin.

IUCN Species of the Day: Ili Pika

Photo credit: Li Weidong   The Ili Pika, Ochotona iliensis, is listed as ‘ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM.

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Tattoo of the Day

Tattoo by Ivana Belakova.  

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Tattoo of the Day

Tattoo by Aaron Bell.

IUCN Species of the Day: Myanmar River Turtle

Photo credit: Rick Hudson   The Myanmar River Turtle, Batagur trivittata, is listed as ‘ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, but recent analysis suggests that it is now ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED’.