Latest Stories Tagged: wildlife

Business, Finance & Economics

Anti-poaching efforts in Kenya focus on saving animals — and people too

In recent years, Kenya has been on the front line of the war against terror. In 2013, Al-Shabaab killed 67 people in an attack on Nairobi’s upscale Westgate mall. More recently, militants stormed a northern Kenyan university, killing 148 people in the country’s worst terrorist attack in more than a decade. Terrorism experts now know the group receives at least some of its funding from the illegal wildlife trade, so stopping poachers in Kenya’s national parks is not just about saving elephants, it’s about saving people, too.

Science, Tech & Environment

From napalm to nature: How the bald eagle helped turn a weapons factory into a wildlife refuge

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge, outside of Denver, didn't start out as a conservationist’s dream: During World War II, the army built a chemical weapons factory on that spot. The plant produced mustard gas, napalm — an entire arsenal of deadly chemicals. Now it’s one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the country.

Conflict & Justice

Corruption worsens an already devastating illegal wildlife trade in Uganda

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Uganda sits in the center of Africa and is bordered by some of the continent’s most important game reserves. Its own animal population is relatively small, so it’s not a main target for poachers. But it is a major transit way for the illegal wildlife trade. The Ugandan government has tried to control the illegal trade crossing its borders, but it's been slow-going because a lot of the government is corrupt — including the country's wildlife agency.