Endangered Baby: Saiga

The saiga antelope has an old soul – they have roamed the Earth since the age of mammoths, saber-toothed cats, and woolly rhinos. Their distinctive feature, a large hooked nose, not only characterizes them as anomalous creatures, but it’s actually functional – it acts as a filter for sand and dust in the summertime and…

Oil, Oil, Everywhere

One of the awesome things I learned in Costa Rica is that there is plenty of oil there . . . yet they banned oil drilling. Why? Because the oil is beneath National Parks, and those are protected, and they intend on keeping them that way. More than 25 percent of the country is protected…

The Buzz About Honeybees

There I stood just a couple of feet away from a honeybee hive, and I felt no fear. I never thought I would feel that way around tens of thousands of worker bees fearlessly protecting and nurturing their queen, but this day I felt attuned to to their plight. By chance, I had just met…

Endangered Baby: Leatherback Sea Turtle

Recently I visited Las Baulas National Marine Park in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. But I didn’t see a single one of these leatherback turtles that the park is named after (baula is the Spanish word for leatherback sea turtle). It’s because after surviving for more than 100 million years, Pacific leatherbacks are now critically endangered. My…

Endangered Baby: Amur Leopard

It’s so difficult to choose the first endangered species to highlight here, because there are so many. Obscure ones like tapirs, okapis, saolas, pangolins; and the famous black rhinos, Sumatran elephants, and South China tigers  – you’ll learn about them all here at one point or another. I decided to start with the exquisite creature…