Lion Lights & Big Enemies

“Me and the lions, we are enemies. Big enemies. We can never forgive one other anything.” Richard Turere Richard Turere is a young Maasai boy who lives on the outskirts of Nairobi National Park, and up until recently, he was responsible for looking after the family cattle. He invented a simple and inexpensive solution to…

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Transboundary challenges – the bear M13

I’ve talked before about the challenges of transboundary parksĀ  in relation to southern Africa and Yellowstone Park. Wildlife conservation and reintroduction programsĀ  introduced on one side of a shared territorial line can’t always control what happens just across the often invisible lines that we call international or regional borders. A new case in point is…

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M13 – There will be bear

We had out-of-town visitors with us over the weekend. One of them is a designer/builder, and he brought his two snow-deprived teenagers with him. They did some skiing, and then they used all the snow in our garden to build a 4-person igloo worthy of providing actual shelter. The garden is not the pristine sheet…

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Dozy Bear

“Unless that bear can fly, he’s asleep,” according to Alessandro Della Vedova, mayor of Poschiavo, Switzerland. The bear in question is M13, the sole member of Switzerland’s bear population. Rumors of a second bear haven’t been verified by forestry officials. M13, who was classified as a ‘problem bear’ due to his habit of breaking into…

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