The Zai Whitaker column | In defence of zoos, and why the post-pandemic world needs them more than ever
The role of zoos as conservation centres has continued to develop over the years and today, many species have been brought back from the brink thanks to zoo initiatives.
No single, agreed-upon list of species exists. Researchers say some iconic animals even have competing lists.
Satellite imagery shows illegal gold mining in Brazil has increased, threatens the Yanomami tribe in the heart of the Amazons
The lust for gold has attracted wildcat prospectors, who have destroyed forests, poisoned rivers and brought fatal diseases to the tribe.
Deep sea mining shouldn't begin before full assessment of environment impacts are made, says Ocean Panel report
Seafloor nodules contain battery metals needed to fuel the transition to clean energy, but trawling for them can disrupt ecosystems that we don't know about.
The Zai Whitaker column | Trailing Ajay Giri (from a safe distance) while on a King Cobra rescue mission
Agumbe is a unique example of how dangerous animals and people (even more dangerous) can live peacefully together. The key piece is Ajay Giri.
The lockdown has derailed the eco-tourism that funds many environmental projects, from South America’s rainforests to Africa’s savannahs.
The Zai Whitaker column | On World Environment Day, looking back at lessons by the greatest teacher of all — time
Us folks in the conservation field would do well to use this lockdown time, to look back at what Time has tried to teach us collectively, as a country | Zai Whitaker writes in a humorous, introspective essay for #WorldEnvironmentDay
World Environment Day 2020: Tigers are threatened by a nearly 24,000 kilometers network of planned roads across Asia
The explosion of new roads is driven in part by the global development strategies such as China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Over 10 ft long, the marsh crocodile's barrel-like body folds into the contours of the bank and as he moves, a black-crowned night heron moves as well… just a tiny bit. Not, to my human eyes, far enough, but then animals and birds always seem to know what they’re doing, unlike another species which shall not be mentioned.| Zai Whitaker writes
Globally, 2.2 billion people do not have access to drinking water that is water both available and free of contamination.
In October, Dutch nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup (TOC) unveiled a solar-powered river-cleaning device called the Interceptor.
The Amazon was historically too wet to burn on a large scale, but climate change and deforestation have made it hotter and dryer.
One-horned rhino calf welcomed by conservationists, Assamese in celebration of a concerted effort to save the species
The newborn is seen as a big win for conservationists and efforts towards protecting the critically-threatened rhino species — the pride of Assam and the Assamese people.
Discoveries of new species is the outcome of perseverance, years of fieldwork & long periods of looking at museum records.
2019 closed out a “lost decade” for the world’s tropical forests, with surging deforestation from Brazil to the Congo Basin.
Several states have raised concerns over declining forest-related revenue after the National Forest Policy was implemented.
In the decades since Gray’s Reef was developed, many stringently protected zones have popped up all over the world.
The multinational effort to create giant sanctuaries around Antarctica to counter climate change and protect the fragile ocean ecosystems have failed.
Protected areas are more effective in places like the Amazon but struggle to safeguard other habitats like savannahs.
The species is known for its hardy ability to live in environments ranging from high mountains to the deep sea.