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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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Citizen Science To Save Species From Extinction

You care about saving animals from extinction.  If that weren’t true, then you certainly wouldn’t be here reading this blog today.  But since this is true for you, and this passion can sometimes become overwhelming due to extinction crises happening around the world, I’d like to show you that you are not...

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Catching Poachers in South Africa

Eric was invited to present at the Forward 2016 Digital Experience Conference sponsored by Four Winds Interactive in Denver, Colorado. Amongst a line up of makers and thinkers sharing best practices and innovative hardware and software implementations, Eric told the story of catching poachers in South Africa using our wpsWatch centralized monitoring system, featured...

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Discover the Pain and Beauty

WPS’ South African project manager Pierre Blignaut’s account of his recent experience in the bush witnessing the poaching of a rhino. Since this was written, another rhino was shot at the same reserve. This occurred at a location where we were conducting a site survey. Hopefully the future install of...

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