Mongabay.com: Dozens of Elephants Massacred in Chad

Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.comJuly 26, 2012 Poachers killed at least 30 elephants in southwestern Chad during the early hours of Tuesday, July 24. During the night, Stephanie Vergniault, president of the organization SOS Elephants, described on her Facebook page how a group of armed horsemen chased a herd of elephants with “war weapons near…

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Mongabay.com: The dark side of new species discovery

By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.com December 21, 2011  This interview originally aired on March 14, 2011. It was transcribed by Kirstin Fagan. Part 1 of this interviewScientists and the public usually rejoice when a new species is discovered. But biologist Bryan Stuart has learned the hard way that the discovery of new species, especially when that…

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Mongabay.com: Seahorses Under Stress

By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.com November 21, 2011 This interview originally aired on January 17, 2011. It was transcribed by Dustin Circe. With about 25 million seahorses sold each year, global consumption of seahorses is massive. They’re used in traditional Asian medicine and also sold as curios and aquarium pets. Over the last decade, overexploitation and habitat…

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Mongabay.com: Covert Creatures: The Clandestine Lives of Seahorses

By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.comNovember 15, 2011  This interview originally aired on January 17, 2011. It was transcribed by Dustin Circe. Seahorses are strange looking creatures, with a horse’s head on top of a kangaroo’s pouched belly, bulging, swiveling chameleon eyes, a prehensile monkey tail, color-changing armor and a royal crown, all shrunk down to…

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Mongabay.com: Dung Beetles: A Sewage SWAT Team

By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.com This interview originally aired June 7, 2010 and was rebroadcast June 13, 2011. Dung beetles live all over the world (except in Antarctica) and thrive in virtually every type of habitat, from deserts to rainforests. Their main food source is dung, which provides nutrients and water for both the adults…

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The WildLife: Dung Beetles, Doug Emlen

Doug Emlen, a University of Montana biology professor, reveals the strange and endearing characteristics of dung beetles. He tells “The WildLife” host Laurel Neme about their unique biology and diversity and how the varied shapes of their horns affect their lifestyle. Doug Emlen is a professor of biology at the University of Montana and an…

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Mongabay.com: Cambodia’s Wildlife Pioneer: Saving Species and Places in Southeast Asia’s Last Forest

By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.comMay 11, 2011 Suwanna Gauntlett has dedicated her life to protecting rainforests and wildlife in some of the world’s most hostile and rugged environments and has set the trend of a new generation of direct action conservationists. She has designed, implemented, and supported bold, front-line conservation programs to save endangered wildlife…

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The WildLife: Protecting Wildlife in Cambodia, Suwanna Gauntlett

Suwanna Gauntlett, co-founder and executive director of Wildlife Alliance, talks about protecting wildlife in Cambodia. Cambodia has long been one of Asia’s five main source countries for wildlife exported for traditional Asian medicine, exotic pets, and meats. Suwanna tells “The WildLife” host Laurel Neme that when she first arrived in this southeast Asian country in the late 1990s,…

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Mongabay.com: Teaching orangutans to be wild – orangutan rehabilitation

By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.com December 15, 2010     This interview aired in on April 4, 2010 and November 22, 2010). It was transcribed by Ben Kennedy. Part 2 of 2. Part 1: The problem-solving ape: what makes orangutans special and why they are threatened   Michelle Desilets, Executive Director of the Orangutan Land Trust, spoke…

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