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Solving conflicts in cheetah country (with a little help from man’s best friend)

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I’m writing this from the shade of an enormous baobab tree in Botswana’s Tuli block. Towering like a monolith, the ancient bark is grey and wrinkled like elephant skin, and its girth must be seven or eight meters, much like an elephant too.

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Does Swaziland Hold the Secret to Tackling Rhino Poaching?

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“You pay to come here as a tourist, to see these animals” said Lucky with the glow of the campfire illuminating his face. “That money pays for rangers like me, which means I can support my family and the community outside the park”.

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(Another) Top 10 Books For Conservationists

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Read something to change your mind.

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A journey across Africa in search of success

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It’s easy to become disheartened. In the past four decades we’ve lost more than half of the world’s wildlife, global deforestation continues unabated and the scale of poaching reaches dizzying new heights…

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The Honey Hunter (and other incredible field assistants)

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Fearing we may reach a linguistic impasse, I smiled, gave a big British thumbs up, and signaled that I would follow him. Best decision I ever made.

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Madagascar: Life on the Edge Trailer

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I’m reminded that the most important thing about expeditions and fieldwork is legacy.

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A post-post-truth world: Evidence and conservation in 2017

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Conservation Evidence has the wildly ambitious but conceptually blindingly obvious aim of collecting together all the evidence for how well every conservation intervention ever dreamt up actually works.

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The Central Desert Botanic Expedition

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..this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.

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How To Break Into Wildlife Filmmaking (by making your own luck)

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A huge bugbear among many aspiring conservationists, is that most interesting conservation jobs and roles require experience. To get experience, you often need some previous experience.. and so it goes on and on until, eventually, you get lucky.

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Does Conservation Work? || Future Challenges for Exploration || James Borrell

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I first attended Explore as a green, keen, undergraduate. It was one of the best things I ever did, and I’m very luck now to call some of the regular attendees my friends. This year – the 40th anniversary! – I was chuffed to be asked to give a Friday night lecture.

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Film Premiere: Life on the Edge

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Of all the adventures that working in conservation has brought my way, premiering a film has to be the one that I least expected. I’ve never been to a premiere before, I don’t know anything about films – in essence, I really have no idea what I’m doing!

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Saying Goodbye to Toughie (the last suriving Rabbs fringe-limbed treefrog)

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The last known observation of the frog in the wild was that of a single male heard calling (but not seen) in 2007.

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The Conservation Guide (How to find honest volunteer project reviews)

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So you want to get involved in conservation? Perhaps a little frustratingly, everyone so far has told you that the first thing you need to do is ‘get experience’.

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