Maria Fotopoulos

Homo Sapiens: We Must Do Better for All Other Living Beings – that includes in Works of Art

By Maria Fotopoulos
September 30, 2017

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” said Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), leader of the Indian independence movement against Britain. In the U.S., and nations throughout the world, that’s a measure continuously tested, certainly as our global human population continues climbing. At 7.6 billion people and potentially headed to 11 or 12 billion, the pressure on all other living things is enormous, by way of habitat loss and other threats from Man.

Wildlife Loses a Protector in Wayne Lotter of the PAMS Foundation

By Maria Fotopoulos
August 21, 2017

Wildlife and the conservation community suffered a tremendous loss last week when Wayne Lotter was murdered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A well-known conservationist committed to ending elephant and giraffe poaching, Lotter was co-founder of the PAMS Foundation, which works for sustainable conservation solutions with local partners and communities.

Park Rangers Provide Thin Green Line Protecting Wildlife against Poachers, Extinction

By Maria Fotopoulos
July 28, 2017
On a dark Mozambique night just over a year ago, sleeping villagers were brutally attacked in their homes. It was coordinated, targeted violence against men who work to stop the poaching of some of the planet’s remaining rhinos. In the past, rhinos numbered in the millions and lived across vast stretches of Asia and Africa, but today a rhino is killed ever eight hours, and estimates indicate a mere 30,000 now live.

On World Population Day, Only Growing Numbers Ahead

By Maria Fotopoulos
July 6, 2017
Earth’s human population now is at 7.6 billion, but that’s a number ever-shifting upwards. According to the World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision, published recently by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, we add 83 million people annually.

On the Killing of Harambe in Cincinnati

By Maria Fotopoulos
June 15, 2016

The response to the shooting death of Harambe, a 17-year-old endangered Western lowland silverback male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, has been highly charged and emotional. The shooting has provoked perhaps as much outrage as the killing last year of Cecil the Lion by a Minnesota dentist-cum-trophy hunter.

Only Elephants Should Wear Ivory in 2016

By Maria Fotopoulos
January 20, 2016

In President Obama’s State of the Union speech, he spoke of standing up for others, “the weak, the vulnerable.” He was talking about people. But it’s time to shift our anthropocentric bent and extend that standing to our fellow creatures, the wildlife worldwide who continued losing and suffering in 2015 under the enormous footprint of Homo sapiens.

Rethinking Wildlife’s Place in our Interconnected World

By Maria Fotopoulos
September 1, 2015
Yet another majestic mountain lion has lost his life – in a hit and run – on a highly trafficked Southern California highway. This is the 14th mountain lion to die on L.A. area roads since a 2002 tracking study began.

No Room for ‘Trophy’ Hunting in Time of Greatest Loss of Biodiversity Since Dinosaurs

By Maria Fotopoulos
July 29, 2015

Minnesota dentist Walter J. Palmer is much in the news for killing Cecil, a beloved 13-year-old Zimbabwe lion. Local celebrity Cecil was lured out of a protected national park with meat drug on a truck, shot with an arrow (but not killed) and then tracked for 40 hours before he was shot dead by a rifle. This is “trophy hunting.” Cecil then was skinned and beheaded, with his remains abandoned at the park border. Evidence indicates those involved in this horror marathon also tried to destroy Cecil’s tracking collar to cover their tracks.

Deadly Disease Requires Using All Tools in Toolbox

By Maria Fotopoulos
October 29, 2014

As West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has continued gaining momentum over the last seven months, the global implications of this disease become clearer by the day. Most of us are only 24 hours away by air from this extremely infectious virus. That’s not to engender fear or panic, rather to spur discussion in several areas. What do borders mean in today’s hyper-connected world? How can governments, nonprofits, NGOs, the medical community and individuals work better together to achieve the best outcomes?

Considering Man’s Place in the World on International Biodiversity Day

By Maria Fotopoulos
May 16, 2014

Tigers in Cambodia, India, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam, the golden frog of Panama, the Sumatran elephant, the Amur leopard, the polar bear and the mountain gorilla are just a few among too many examples of animals we are losing globally. Biodiversity is disappearing at epic rates.