The paradise parrot was rediscovered by Cyril Jerrard, a Queensland grazier, in December 1921. But its return was fleeting.
A plateau pika (
Ochotona curzoniae) emerges from its burrow.
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The electric Pokemon’s real-life muse is charged with degrading the vast meadows of the Tibetan Plateau.
A herd of elephants in Mali.
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Elephants avoided areas where others were poached.
Archaeologist and paleoenvironmental researcher Isaac Hart of the University of Utah surveys a melting ice patch in western Mongolia.
From the high Yukon to the mountains of Central Asia, melting ice exposes fragile ancient artifacts that tell the story of the past – and provide hints about how to respond to a changing climate.
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The shrinking of Lake Chad contributes to instability in the countries which sit around its expanse.
Donkey carries water for pastoralists in Marsabit, Kenya.
Ejiao, a traditional Chinese medicine, is what’s driving demand for donkey skins the most. It consists of gelatin that is extracted from boiled donkey hides.
Livestock, like these goats in the Rift Valley of Tanzania, are critical to household economies in East Africa.
Pastoralism is a central part of many Africans’ identity. But how and when did this way of life get started on the continent? Ancient DNA can reveal how herding populations spread.
A group of Maasai women and children in Kenya.
In Maasai communities women have no autonomy to make decisions about their nutrition and that of their children.
An 1870 news report said wild horses were “hated and shot by all”. What has changed since?
Brumbies have a devoted following among high country locals, despite the fact that they were despised by colonial settler farmers. Their mythical status today owes a lot to cultural figures such as Banjo Paterson.
A ‘thinned’ landscape, which provides far from ideal habitat for many species.
Legal vegetation ‘thinning’ is contributing to high rates of land clearing, potentially causing problems for threatened species and ecosystems.
Turkanas have contributed significantly to the conflict in Kenya’s Laikipia County.
For over 20 years, Kenya’s Laikipia region and its neighbours have witnessed violence between January and April over location and geography.
Wildlife in the Athi-Kaputiei ecosystem with new development in the background.
Athi-Kaputiei is close to Nairobi where undeveloped land is exceedingly scarce and expensive. This has made it a powerful magnet for people.
The number of camels in Kenya has risen, as have other livestock populations.
Over the past four decade populations of almost all the common wildlife species have fallen to one third or less of their previous levels