A landmark snow leopard collaring in Nepal

A landmark snow leopard collaring in Nepal

Known as “ghosts of the mountains” due to their elusive and solitary nature, snow leopards are rarely spotted and even less frequently studied within their rugged and harsh habitat. However last November, two snow leopards were captured, fitted with satellite-GPS collars, and successfully released back into their rocky homeland in Western Nepal. The two male snow leopards were the first since the 1980’s to be fitted with collars within Shey…

Blood-free honey — How a safer harvesting program is reducing deadly human-tiger conflicts

Blood-free honey — How a safer harvesting program is reducing deadly human-tiger conflicts

The Sundarbans, the only coastal mangrove tiger habitat in the world, runs from southern Bangladesh into India’s West Bengal State. It is a unique ecosystem where tigers have become excellent swimmers and can swim from one mangrove island to another in search of territory and prey. The Indian Sundarbans is home to more than 4.5 million people and wild honey collection is a major traditional livelihood for many. But being…

Rosebud Sioux Tribe will create the largest native-owned and managed bison herd in North America

Rosebud Sioux Tribe will create the largest native-owned and managed bison herd in North America

In the Lakota creation story, beings emerged from the Wind Cave in South Dakota’s Black Hills—some in human form and some in buffalo form. There’s no difference between people and buffalo in this worldview. “We’re Lakota people and that means we’re buffalo people,” said Wizipan Little Elk, the CEO of the Rosebud Economic Development Corporation (REDCO), the economic arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. “They’ve always taken care of us…

The first rule of gorilla tracking? Listen well

The first rule of gorilla tracking? Listen well

More than two decades ago, WWF launched Dzanga-Sangha’s gorilla habituation program with the help of primatologist Chloé Cipolletta. Tourists arrived soon after. The park hired local Ba’Aka, who already accompanied park rangers on poaching patrols, to track and monitor the daily whereabouts of the habituated gorilla groups. “I quickly realized that their forest knowledge was not only essential to the survival of tourism, but equally as critical to the survival…

Tiger spotted at record-high elevation in Nepal

Tiger spotted at record-high elevation in Nepal

Why is this significant? This first-ever recorded evidence of a tiger at this high of an elevation in Nepal supports the notion that high-altitude habitats may provide refuge for tigers and help connect their territory between Nepal and India. The finding also expands Nepal’s known tiger distribution from the Terai Arc Landscape, widening opportunities for potential tiger habitats including the use of high- altitude areas.  More research needs to be…