Dogs put their noses to work saving wildlife

They don’t just detect drugs, bombs, and cancers—dogs can sniff out the amoeba-size larvae of invasive mussels and highly endangered flowers hidden in fields.
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There are worse viruses than COVID-19 out there. How do we avoid the next big one?

Widespread immunity eventually will end the COVID-19 crisis. But it won't end wildlife-related pandemics. What can we do now to reduce future risk?


10 good-news stories for wildlife in 2020

From ‘Tiger King’ prosecutions to new pangolin protections, not everything in 2020 has been doom and gloom.

Wildlife crimes and human rights abuses plague Taiwanese fishing vessels, crews say

“I prayed to God that I would survive.” Taiwanese fishing fleet crew members describe illegal dolphin catching, shark finning, and physical and verbal abuse.

The WHO is hunting for the coronavirus’s origins. Here are the new details

Disease detectives who have worked on similar hunts say the investigation is business as usual—but now with advanced tools and techniques that should aid the process.

Pangolin scale seizures at all-time high in 2019, showing illegal trade still booming

Despite increased protections, the scaly mammals continue to be exploited for the traditional Chinese medicine market, according to a report shared exclusively with National Geographic.

Did pangolin trafficking cause the coronavirus pandemic?

The elusive animals’ possible involvement in the origins of COVID-19 gives them a weird ambivalence: threatened and, perhaps, dangerous.

Poachers in Russia target world's largest reindeer herd for their antler velvet

Illegal hunting for meat, fur, and newly grown antlers—along with the warming climate—are depleting wild reindeer on Russia’s Taymyr Peninsula.

Shannon Bennett: Pandemics of our own making

While it's critical that we devote our scientific ingenuity to beating back the current pandemic, we must also address our broken relationship with nature in a concerted effort to prevent similar outbreaks in the future.

Jaguar trafficking linked to Chinese investment in South America

New research teases out what’s driving the illegal trade in jaguar parts.

In Sri Lanka, bushmeat poachers haven’t let up during lockdown

The killing of a 25-year-old ranger by poachers during Sri Lanka's lockdown period has prompted calls for greater efforts to tackle the illegal bushmeat trade.


Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, Carter Roberts: How to stop the next pandemic

Wildlife and livestock are a major cause of pandemic viruses. A few simple steps could stop the next one.

Where bats are still on the menu, if no longer the best seller

Indonesia’s wildlife markets are “like a cafeteria for animal pathogens,” but they have resisted efforts to close even as China has shut its own markets over coronavirus fears.

To prevent the next pandemic, it’s the legal wildlife trade we should worry about

Millions of live animals enter the U.S. each year without disease screening—leaving us vulnerable to another outbreak, a former wildlife inspector says.

Coronavirus puts captive orangutans' return to the wild on hold

If one ape in the forest is infected, a whole population could be wiped out, experts say. So orangutans in Indonesia’s rehabilitation centers are staying where they are.
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