Protecting Nature: The Photographs That Moved Them Most — TIME

Wildlife photographers play a major role in preserving what’s left of our fragile ecosystem – from capturing the effects of climate change on our planet to documenting species on the brink of extinction as they can no longer adapt to the changes that surround them. The greatest wildlife photographers are highly skilled experts with a…

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How a 20th-century hunting boom left the Amazon with “empty rivers” and 23 million dead animals — Quartz

The fashion for wild animal skins and furs drove a hunting boom in the Amazon basin through the 20th century. A mass industry sprung up almost overnight and the hides of otters, jaguars or alligator-like caimans were soon being shipped round the world to be turned into coats, hats or accessories. The Amazon rainforest, and…

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Tigers, Lions & Bears (Pandas that is)

I finally got down to the Toronto Zoo this past Tuesday, at long last visiting the zoo’s ‘youngsters’ – white lion cubs, giant panda cubs, Juno (the cutest polar bear cub ever!), and Nandu the Indian rhinoceros calf.  They were all adorable and active!  The Sumatran Tigers are my favourite large cat species, and thankfully one of these beautiful cats was ‘on the move’ when I visited her enclosure.  The white lions were also gorgeous, and being able to take a ‘family photo’ of all 6 atop their enclosure’s large rock was a perfect photo moment if ever there was one!   The red pandas are just too darn cute, with their luxurious auburn/red coat, ringed tail and masked bandit face. Lastly, the majestic snow leopard was sleepily lying against the viewing window of her enclosure, so another perfect photo moment presented itself.  A truly glorious day, filled with beauty and revelry for the diverse wildlife of which we share this planet.

The world’s saddest polar bear is just one of thousands of “wild” animals living in malls in China — Quartz

GUANGZHOU The Grandview, a glitzy shopping mall in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is home to the “world’s saddest polar bear,” three-year-old Pizza. Pizza was brought to the world’s attention in March by NGO Animals Asia, which published a video of her lying on the ground, blinking morosely as visitors banged on the glass,…

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