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Friday Catblogging: Lion Relocation

John Adams on Twitter How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off https://t.co/5KvE5wiUMz via @NatGeo Paul Steyn reports How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off: When he [Jorge Thozo, chief of the Thozo community] was a child, numerous prides of lions roamed the game-rich wetlands of the Zambezi Delta. But their numbers…

Friday Catblogging: Can Humans and Lions Get Along?

“Lions are really causing us havoc,” laments an African pastoralist in Nani Walker and Alan Toth’s short documentary, Living with Lions. The film chronicles the conflict between lions and humans in Laikipia County, Kenya, where drought and urbanization have pushed people and wildlife into closer contact. Conservationists attempt to mitigate the encounters, which often begin…

Film: The Rhino Guardians

The Rhino Guardians from Dan Sadgrove on Vimeo. Dan Sadgrove describes his recent film on an anti-poaching group: In 2016 I travelled to South Africa to visit The Black Mambas – the worlds first all female anti-poaching unit operating in the Balule Game Reserve in South Africa. Coming from disadvantaged communities and breaking strong patriarchal…

Making Wood Without Trees

Ecovative Design has made a mission of replacing synthetic plastic polymers with natural mushroom based polymers. After disrupting the packaging industry with a line of fully biodegradable mushroom packaging, they are now setting their sights on replacing manufactured wood products. (Video by Brandon Lisy, Justin Beach) (Music by Andy Clausen) Via Bloomberg Business.

Wasted Paper

Week after week, people who don’t ask for rolled-up newspapers find those dead-tree publications on their porches. Wasted paper, each week, of each month, of each season, of each year.  The distribution comes close to lawful littering. Publishers should be required to obtain consent before dumping these papers on homeowners’ lawns. That prior consent would be burdensome for publishers,…

The Amazing San Diego Zoo Condor Cam

Live from the San Diego Zoo, it’s a condor cam. CONDOR CAM LINK Here’s the SD Zoo’s description of what’s waiting online: You Are Watching. . . … Sisquoc and Shatash take turns sitting in their nest incubating an egg! Because every California condor egg is so important, their real egg has been removed for…

DNR Establishes Anti-Poacher Hotline

I saw that the WI DNR has established an anti-poacher hotline. Not a bad idea, and especially nice to see that (as with similar hotlines) the state readily embraces a principle of anonymity: Help the wardens protect your natural resources and wildlife from poachers and violators. If you see anything suspicious during the pending 9-day…

Sandhill Cranes

A video of a huge flock Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA. The video clip includes cranes landing. Via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grus_canadensis_-Bosque_del_Apache_National_Wildlife_Refuge,_New_Mexico,_USA-8.ogv By snowpeak (John Fowler) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowpeak/5396822610/) [CC-BY-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] via Wikimedia Commons