Inside a Remarkable Local Effort to Stop Elephant Poaching in Zambia
Poachers have killed more than 90 percent of Zambia's elephants since the 1950s. In response, villagers banded together to protect those in North Luangwa National Park last year.
The Weird History of Unorthodox Sentencing in the U.S.
A man convicted in an illegal, multi-year deer poaching scheme, was sentenced to watch Bambi once a month. While the punishment is certainly unique, the methodology isn't.
Using Acoustic Gun Shot Localization to Curb Poaching
New technology detects the shockwave of a supersonic bullet traveling through space, which cannot be muffled, to track poachers shooting at elephants and rhinos.
How Detection Dogs Help Wildlife Rangers Curb Crime in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
Specially trained canines, with their outsized capacity to sniff out even well-hidden people and objects, are helping rangers at several major reserves to do their jobs better.
Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a conversation with John Holdren on President Donald Trump's approach to science to a feature on innovative tracking devices and technological solutions to prevent the trafficking of polar bear pelts in Canada.
How Canadian Cops Ended a Decade-Long Fight Over How to Manage the World's Polar Bears
Over the last 10 years, the poaching and trafficking of animal products has become the fourth-highest-grossing crime in the world. But because wildlife crime is not bound by national borders and each country has its own rules and ideas, its management and policing has become unwieldy at best.
Could Earthquake-Monitoring Technology Help Save Elephants?
A new study shows how technology developed to study earthquakes could help conservationists monitor elephant populations from afar.
The Week in Photos: From Protests of Nuclear Energy in Taiwan to Animal Rights Graffiti in Thailand
A round-up of images from Viewfinder, Pacific Standard's daily photo feature.
The Chinese Town at the Center of the Global Illegal Ivory Trade
The Chinese government has said it will rein in the smuggling and illegal sale of ivory, but those enforcement efforts do not appear to have reached the town of Shuidong.
Fighting to Protect the Rhinos in India's Wildlife Parks
In 2005, conservationists launched a plan to establish rhino populations in seven parks in Assam state. It proved to be an even bigger challenge than expected.
South Africa Asks: Would Legalizing Trade in Rhino Horn Save the Species?
As poaching pushes the rhino toward extinction, South Africa considers a radical solution: Legalize the very thing that is killing them. It'd make some people very rich. But would it doom the species?
Does the Internet Really Care About Cecil the Lion?
If online outrage is having any effect, it's unclear.
Would a High-Tech Solution—3-D Rhino Horns—Curb Poaching or Put Wild Animals at Greater Risk?
To try and curb demand for black-market rhino horn, a bioengineering start-up is making 3-D substitutes.
Catch, Fillet, and Sell the Eggs of a Dinosaur
As beluga sturgeon populations dwindle, poachers have descended on the waters of Oklahoma, searching for the source of next-best caviar: the paddlefish. But conservation officials might have found a way to save the prehistoric-looking creatures from a steady decline—they're selling the caviar themselves.