Tigers, 3,000; Homo sapiens, 7.4 billion

Man continues his march using poorly chosen metrics to measure his success, namely, growth at any cost. This thought, and the number “3,000,” has been very much on my mind since yesterday, which was International Tiger Day.
Three thousand. That’s the estimated number of tigers still living in the wild. Just 100 years ago, the estimated number was 100,000. Near decimation in the blink of an historical eye.

A Heartwarming Look at Californians’ Love Affair with Their Wildlife

Book Review of When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working It Out in California
By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Booming Illegal Trade in Wildlife is Decimating World’s Biodiversity

Today is World Environment Day (WED), designated by the United Nations as a day to increase worldwide awareness of our environment and promote actions to protect and preserve it. Themed “Go Wild for Life,” WED this year highlights the rampant illegal trade in wildlife products that is “eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction.”

Mother Nature Drugged with Our Pharmaceuticals

In 1996, pharmacologist and wildlife toxicologist Theo Colborn, Ph.D. (1927-2014) published her landmark book, Our Stolen Future, coauthored with Dianne Dumanoski and John Peterson Myers. It alerted Americans and the world to the increasingly widespread, subtle environmental threat posed by endocrine disrupting chemicals that mimic the female hormone estrogen.

Give Pause to Consider All Wildlife on World Lion Day

Walter Palmer poses next to Cecil the LionSince the story broke of Walter Palmer, who lured Cecil the lion out of a protected park in Zimbabwe, shot him with an arrow and, after a grueling 40 hours for Cecil, finally killed this rare and magnificent animal, one wonders.

Human Population May Doom King of Beasts

Recently I read a figure I found quite shocking, given my memories from childhood. When I was a kid in the 1950s, I was totally fascinated by African wildlife, particularly the big cats, lions, leopards and black panthers. I constantly looked through magazines to find pictures of them to put in my wildlife scrapbook.

An Ironic Way to Celebrate World Environment Day

June 5 is World Environment Day

World Environment Day is sort of a global version of Earth Day. It was first established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly, two years after the first Earth Day in America was celebrated in 1970. The first World Environment Day was held on June 5, 1973, and it has been celebrated every June 5 for the last 42 years.

Is Abundant Human Population Compatible with Abundant Wildlife Populations?

As an undergraduate majoring in fisheries and wildlife management, I learned numerous wildlife management techniques, tools and technologies.

Pulling No Punches: Veteran Conservationist Dave Foreman Indicts Overpopulation– and Mass Immigration - In Demise of Wildlife

Arch-conservationist Dave Foreman is neither subtle nor equivocal in identifying human overpopulation as the overriding cause of the Earth’s contemporary biodiversity crisis.  Even the hard-hitting title of Foreman’s new book – Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife – leaves no doubt that our population explosion is causing the "greatest mass extinction since the dinosaurs became extinct" 65 million years ago.