A woman displays a piece of elephant hair in Buon Don district, Dak Lak province, Vietnam. In a village in Vietnam’s “elephant kingdom”, a vendor holds up a severed, dried tail dotted with coarse hairs she promises will bring good luck -- a grim new trade that is endangering the country’s few remaining elephants.
Mahouts ride tamed elephants at the Dubare Elephant Camp in Kodagu District, about 250 kms west of Bangalore. As India’s 1.3-billion population grows, people are encroaching into habitats where until now the elephant, not man, had been king, with painful effects for both parties. The government told parliament in 2017 that 1,100 people had been killed in the previous three years.
Uttarakhand High Court has accorded the status of ‘legal person or entity’ to animals in the state, saying ‘they have a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person’ read more
Australia has the highest extinction rate in the world, while declining populations are affected by habitat loss as well as introduced creatures such as cats, foxes and rabbits going feral and killing native species across the vast continent. read more
A study suggests that the farming and release of giant salamanders back into the wild without any regard for their genetic differences is putting the salamanders’ future at an even greater risk. read more
Researchers hope someday Victoria could serve as a surrogate mother and give birth to the related northern white rhino, whose population is down to two females after decades of decimation by poachers. read more