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In the middle of the 20th century vultures were facing extinction in Europe’s mountainous regions, their natural habitat for two million years. A mixture of fear and ignorance had made these unjustly maligned birds a target for hunters. Frenchman Michel Terrasse, now aged 77, has spent much of his life working to reverse the birds’… Read more

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, a celebrated photographer/explorer, one of the Middle East’s most influential women and an “Asian hero” will join six pioneering scientists from around the world to choose the 10 winners of the 2016 Rolex Awards for Enterprise. As Rolex… Read more

By any measure, Englishman Les Stocker has led a remarkable life. With no veterinary qualifications, over the past 40 years he has won worldwide respect as a leading authority on wildlife veterinary care. In the 1970s, when he was an accountant, he used his spare time to care for injured hedgehogs in a backyard shed.… Read more

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A working solution for disadvantaged youth

December 14, 2015

The success of Umzi Wethu, which creates career paths in conservation and tourism for students from deprived backgrounds in South Africa, has led to the creation of a sister programme. Lincoln Meyer’s prospects looked bleak a decade ago. No father, living in poverty in rural South Africa with his mother and grandparents, there seemed little… Read more

In the 1980s, young Dutch academic George van Driem began travelling to the Himalayas to compile a grammar book of one of the local languages. Over 30 years, his linguistics project has grown to embrace genetics, archaeology and other disciplines, to study the linguistic, genetic and migratory history of one of the most complex regions… Read more