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Collateral Damage: The Unexpected Effects of COVID-19 on Endangered Species

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Mountain Gorillas, Sustainable Agriculture, Threatened and Endangered Species, Uganda

COVID-19 and Poaching A silverback gorilla named Rafiki was killed last month by poachers in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, making him the first mountain gorilla to be killed in nine years. The sudden change in poaching norms is said to be a direct result of COVID-19 travel bans: the nation’s tourism industry typically brings … Continue reading Collateral Damage: The Unexpected Effects of COVID-19 on Endangered Species

The Silent Massacre

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Environmental Education, Threatened and Endangered Species

Written by Bill Toone, ECOLIFE Executive Director   The news this week tells us of a landmark study showing that the population of African elephants has declined more than 30% in just the last decade. Headlines shout that “Elephants Are Probably Going Extinct,” and the accompanying photos of dead animals and sawn tusks are heartbreaking. … Continue reading The Silent Massacre

Oil Exploration Threatening Mountain Gorillas

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Mountain Gorillas, Threatened and Endangered Species

Oil exploration in Africa’s oldest National Park, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, threatens Mountain Gorilla habitat for the critically endangered mountain gorillas.  British oil company, SOCO, holds concessions for 85% of the Virunga National Park and the Democratic Republic of Congo is pressing ahead with oil exploration.  Oil exploration will lead to irreparable harm … Continue reading Oil Exploration Threatening Mountain Gorillas

Plight of the Pollinators

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Monarch Butterflies, Threatened and Endangered Species

Bees and butterflies are disappearing at an alarming rate.  But who really cares and why should they?  Let’s see.  Pollinators are the little things that let plants reproduce.  Plants in turn support the vast majority of life on this planet – including ours.  So that’s the only reason you should need to care. But also … Continue reading Plight of the Pollinators

Pollinating Our Future

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Environmental Education, Threatened and Endangered Species

Bees are disappearing. I’ll bet you think you don’t care.  And you might not—but you should.  Why? Because bees are a big part of all of our lives and they’re a big part of our economy.  Burt’s Bees is famous for their lotions, lip balms, toothpaste and other beauty products – all made from with the help of bees. Clorox purchased Burt’s Bees for nearly a billion … Continue reading Pollinating Our Future