Apparently, I came out of ‘retirement’ just in time. I didn’t know it until this morning, but today is Endangered Species Day!
It’s been over a month since my last post; and, like I said in this update, I’ve been considering abandoning this blog in favor of a new platform that’d allow me to earn money without getting abducted by copyright lawyers. However, a friend whom I’ve never met helped me remember why I started this blog, and put my goals into perspective.
Often, the persecution of predators like jaguars (Panthera onca) is blamed – at least in part – on livestock depredation: jaguars kill cattle, and hence people kill jaguars. But what happens when there are no cattle? In areas where human communities do not rely on livestock for their livelihoods, would they be more tolerant of jaguars? That is the question that Jillian Knox and her co-authors set out to answer.
Two years ago, a follower recommended a film to me called The World’s Most Wanted Leopard. Produced by South Africa’s Ginkgo Agency, it documents photographer Adrian Steirn’s quest to document a rare Caucasian leopard in Azerbaijan: a small country in Southeastern Europe. The World’s Most Wanted Leopard immediately became one of my favorite wildlife films.
Here is a fascinating story that appeared in The Revelator last week. It was written by Melissa Gaskill, and it covers a fierce debate within the scientific community about the importance of trophy hunting.
I have just read a study that was published last year in PLOS ONE. It examined the effects of road development on jaguar conservation in Ecuador, and found, not surprisingly, that more roads equal fewer jaguars.
Here is an edited version of the first, and likely last, story that I posted on Medium.com. It was a colossal failure, earning $0.00 despite getting 160 views in four days (not bad for my first entry on a site where I had zero followers at the time). Nevertheless, there is important content in this article, so I am re-blogging it for more views.
Something that might end up being momentous just happened: I published my first “real” travel article. It concerns the trip I took to Lake Kipawa in rural Quebec this past summer…