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


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

Mexico’s famous saviour of bats, Rolex Award-winner Rodrigo A. Medellín, has formed an alliance with the US-based Tequila Interchange Project, which represents tequila enthusiasts, bartenders and researchers, in a joint effort to protect bats, tequila and agave plants. As head of the Program for the Conservation of Bats of Mexico, Medellín has played a key… Read more


Conservation campaign reaches billions

October 15, 2015

Every week, the environmental messages of WildAid, whose mission is “to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes”, reach up to a billion people. WildAid’s inventive campaigning to save endangered species has won the support and participation of some of the world’s best-known faces, from Prince William of the United Kingdom to conservationist Jane… Read more