Tag Archives: Wildlife Conservation

When Elephants and Humans Collide

Here is a great article I just came across in the Black Star News that highlights the important and complicated issues around human – elephant conflict in Africa. Elephants traditionally ranged over thousands of miles. As population growth in Uganda … Continue reading

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Free Conservation Biology Resource

This new Conservation Biology textbook has been made freely available by the authors and Oxford University Press in an effort to get this information to as many people in the world as possible. Click on the image below to download the full text, or to download individual sections and to read reviews on Mongabay.com: Continue reading

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Wild Thoughts is One Year Old!

This is a big milestone. To celebrate, I thought I’d share some of the highlights from the year, and then re-post the very first entry from 21 January, 2010.

First the highlights:

* Over 15,000 hits – not bad for a first year, starting from scratch
* 110 posts
* Featured once on Freshly Pressed
* Post Talking About Race With Kids published in Elephant Journal
* Switched from Wordpress.com to Wordpress.org and created new site with a new domain (still hoping to get my old readers back!)
* Ranked a Top Uganda Blog by GoOverseas
* Recently invited to be an author for Global Voices Online – stay tuned for more on that
* I’ve met some very interesting people through the blog
* I’ve learned a lot
* I’ve had a lot of fun

This blog truly was one of my highlights from 2010 and I look forward to expanding its reach in 2011.

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Conservation Can Reduce Poverty

Recently, a team commissioned by the International Institute for Environment and Development looked at 400 studies on the effects of conservation efforts on poverty around the world. They were trying to determine if there are any interventions that have a lasting positive effect on rural incomes. Continue reading

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What is a "Local?"

It is now clear to most conservation groups and national governments that biodiversity conservation can’t work without the support of local people. There isn’t enough money and staff to protect the entire boundaries of massive national parks, and wildlife generally doesn’t know to stay within those boundaries anyway. Locals need to benefit from conservation in order for it to work. But who, exactly, are these locals? Continue reading

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