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The Lion Whisperer

You’ll never forget the first time you watch a Kevin Richardson lion video. They’re—somehow—simultaneously heart-stopping and heart-warming. The lions are so excited to see him, they run directly toward him… and us in the camera! They throw their paws around his neck. They wrestle him to the ground. They nuzzle and...

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Cracking The Poachers Code

A couple of sticks. A small pile of rocks. On first glance, you might not give either a second look in the African wilderness. A closer inspection, however, reveals those “couple of sticks” are actually laid out in a curious, unnatural, almost symbolic way. And that “small pile of rocks”?...

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Up Close And Personal With The White Rhino

Some of our most dedicated supporters joined WPS on an adventure of a lifetime.  In order to test for sterility to encourage rhino births, and to monitor for genetic diversity, our team recently darted all of the white rhinos we work with in South Africa. Southern white rhinos were nearly extinct...

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Bloodwork And Healthy Rhino Populations

At the beginning of the 20th century many people thought the white rhinoceros had gone completely extinct.  Turns out there were just a few left . . . on the order of a few hundred . . . and throughout the last 120 years, there has been a concerted effort...

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WPS Aids in Undercover Poaching Sting

A WPS team member writes of their recent participation in an undercover sting to catch poachers in Namibia. Names and areas where the informants operate have been intentionally left out so as not to jeopardize the safety of those involved and of future intelligence efforts. Recently I was in Namibia...

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Into The Rainforests Of The Kalimantan

Humidity . . . 80%.  Chance of thunderstorms . . . a little less . . . 79%.  To preserve and protect endangered species, sometimes you have to go where the animals are, where they live, and sometimes, those locations aren’t always pleasant. This past week, we sent two of our...

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WPS Invited to Join IUCN

We are thrilled to announce that WPS has been admitted as a member of IUCN, the world’s largest global environmental network of like-minded organizations working together to address today’s challenges. Created in 1948, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) works in more than 170 countries for a just world that values and conserves...

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Indonesia: A Day in the Life of a WPS Volunteer

Last March I had the incredible experience of spending three weeks in South Africa, and then a week in Sumatra, a large island in Western Indonesia, with WPS’ Executive Director Eric Schmidt. Eric had been invited to assess the viability of establishing a new rhino research facility on a property managed by one of WPS’...

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