EarthFit Special Rant: Trophy Hunting- Bad for Animals, Bad for Conservation

I’ve come across a couple news articles that have ignited a debate amongst hunters, conservationists, and animal rights.  The articles in question all bring light to the issue of trophy hunters, particularly of endangered species in foreign countries, namely in Africa. Continue reading EarthFit Special Rant: Trophy Hunting- Bad for Animals, Bad for Conservation

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 45: EarthFit at the Zoo

I have personal feelings about the Oregon Zoo, I’m a little jilted if I can be honest.  But putting personal frustrations aside, I love the zoo.  I think a great amount of conservation and education happens at the zoo, and it’s where I was inspired to create EarthFit, so this being my last week in Oregon, I decided to have one last trip to the Oregon Zoo and check out all the aspects that correlate well with EarthFit. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 45: EarthFit at the Zoo

Why Zoos Matter Special Series: Documentary vs Zoo

An increasingly popular argument against zoos is emerging from the animal rights’ front.  That argument is stating that zoos are becoming obsolete because everything we need to learn about wildlife and conservation can be taught through the internet and documentaries.  That seeing animals in a zoo setting is not like seeing them in real life, like you can in a documentary.

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Dung camera gets close to the elephants. So does a zoo, though.

I’m not really one to debate the value of a good documentary.  With our advanced technology, researchers are able to get closer than ever without disturbing the natural behavior of animals in their natural environment (have you seen the documentaries that use cameras shaped like dung?!?!).  Many documentaries help broaden the knowledge of a particularly interesting animal, and may intensify a spark to protect a species. Continue reading Why Zoos Matter Special Series: Documentary vs Zoo

Once Upon a Time: The Beginning to My Love for Animals and Nature

One of my favorite phrases is “Once upon a time”.  It’s probably the most ideal phrase to begin any statement in which you need my undivided attention.  Those words are what propelled me to be the person I am today.

The first time I heard those words, “once upon a time”, was not from a Disney film.  I was maybe three or four, and my grandfather would re-enact the tales of Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel at bedtime.  Poppi had a terrific voice for the Big Bad Wolf.Little-Red-Riding-Hood-Wolf-4

With all the stories of evil predatory creatures of the woods that wanted to devour small children, one would assume that I grew up with an unhealthy fear of the forests.  Instead, I saw the fantastical interaction between fairy tale characters to be intriguing. Continue reading Once Upon a Time: The Beginning to My Love for Animals and Nature