With elephants and humans in conflict, Sri Lanka looks for new solutions
Al Jazeera / Conservationists / Farmers

With elephants and humans in conflict, Sri Lanka looks for new solutions

    It is difficult to predict when the elephants will come. As darkness falls around Udawalawe National Park, the 52 villages that speckle its borders go on alert. Thin wire fences hum with the threat of electricity. Across the dry zone, farmers climb up into rudimentary treehouses overlooking their paddy fields. They must try … Continue reading

A lesson from Colombia: how to defeat exotic frog smugglers
Collectors / Conservationists / Scientists / Vice

A lesson from Colombia: how to defeat exotic frog smugglers

The first time, it was 400 frogs in a backpack. It was 1998 or perhaps 1999, and Colombian conservationist Ivan Lozano-Ortega was working at the Bogota Wildlife Rescue Centre—a drop-off point for the authorities who confiscated living animals from smugglers. Their catch that day had been a batch of poison frogs. “The frogs were in … Continue reading

In the field with Sri Lanka’s pioneering leopard researchers
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In the field with Sri Lanka’s pioneering leopard researchers

Wilpattu, Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest national park, was once a warzone. The fighting between the Sri Lankan state and the militant separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that began in the 1980s had spilled over into these wild lands. Wildlife researchers Anjali Watson and Andrew Kittle remember hearing stories from soldiers stationed … Continue reading

A new approach to conservation in Sri Lanka: The case of the Western Purple Faced Langur
Conservationists / Researchers / Scientists / The Sunday Times

A new approach to conservation in Sri Lanka: The case of the Western Purple Faced Langur

The raucous troupe of monkeys that visit Dr. Jinie Dela’s house in Panadura do not realize how closely they are being studied. Dr.Dela, a biologist, with a doctoral degree in primate ecology and behaviour, treats her sprawling one-acre garden like an enormous, open laboratory. The primates who come visiting, sometimes on a daily basis, have … Continue reading

Jenny Welwert: Fishy Fashion
Conservationists / Designers / Entreprenuers / The Sunday Times

Jenny Welwert: Fishy Fashion

Incongruously, Jenny Welwert Gil likes her tuna leather smelling ever so subtly of coconut. She massages coconut butter into it to turn it a darker hue and make it fragrant. She then uses the leather to create wallets and bags, jackets and shoes for her label ‘Khogy’. Her material challenges your expectations: “Tuna leather is … Continue reading