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Monkey Ecotourism and Health in South Africa

Takasakiyama Monkey Park, Japan.

Ecotourism is currently a booming industry. As defined by the International Ecotourism Society, the goals of ecotourism include: 1) minimizing impact, 2) building environmental and cultural awareness and respect, and 3) providing financial stimulus for both conservation efforts as well as local people.

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The Elephant Girl: Celia Ho

Celia Ho the Elephant Girl

Badges of wealth vary widely, from jewels to Rolex watches. In recent decades, however, there has come another one—ivory—which is regarded as both a symbol of status and a substance from which religious icons are made.

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Elephants Poisoned By Poachers

Elephant herd. Photo by Billy Dodson

As poaching operations continue to get ever more sophisticated and ruthless, a new method of slaughter emerges: salt.

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A Singer Raises Her Voice for Elephants

Singer January Thompson wearing an AWF ThreadStart tank at the Secret Garden Party Festival

I recall, as a child, being taken to the circus and having an overwhelming feeling of sadness and empathy for the animals, particularly the elephants that were paraded for our entertainment.

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A Rhino Thermometer

Black rhinos grazing. Photo: Phil Perry Wildlife Photography

There is a rhinometer in the local newspaper. It tracks the number of rhinos killed. It is the kind of thermometer you see when people are fundraising, where you want the red to reach the top, signifying your fundraising target.  Yet with the rhinometer the red symbolizes the blood of rhinos, you pray it does not keep rising. 

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