When a Bird Asks You to Back Off

Is getting "too close for comfort" a thing for birds? Yes totally! And if you look and listen, they even tell you when. It was such a bright and luminous day and the perfect day to go a nearby beach, ...
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The Red Apes of Bukit —How Ethical is Orangutan Tourism?

The Red Apes of Bukit —How Ethical is Orangutan Tourism? After 2 days flying across the world, we finally arrived! We were now few miles away from where some of the last Sumatran orangutans survive. Maybe a mother and her infant were ...
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Ecological Ethics A&A —From Awareness To Action

A friend and I were chatting ‘over’ ethics. The context was our species’ fascination of a limitless growth model, showcased for instance in our expectations with respect to our human biology (e.g., our quest for biological immortality), as well as ...
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My Journey to Becoming an Ethical Wildlife Volunteer

I am so happy to have gained a better understanding of what it takes to be an ethical wildlife volunteer. This has been and still is an ongoing journey into realizing that our actions are not always ethical –not because ...
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A Visit to a Rwandan Gorilla Family

In 'the moment', and when too excited by the experience, it's very easy to forget the proper rule of conduct. Keeping a respectful distance is not just for your safety but is also about theirs (including their health). By not ...
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Zoos: Many Questions & Not Enough Answers (Yet)

The common public 'rhetoric' these days about zoos is: zoo changed and they are now good for both conservation and the collected/exhibited individuals. Well then good! But the topic is not an easy one, after all this is really about ...
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When Ignorance Isn’t Bliss

Recently, when interviewing a young EwAnaut friend about her volunteer experience, I was reminded of how harmful not-knowing can be. Our friend had just returned from volunteering in an accredited African wildlife conservation rescue organization. This was a good ethical ...
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Volunteering with Captive Wild Animals?

Is volunteering in a wildlife rescue center or sanctuary a bad idea? Not at all! It all depends on the species you will work with and on the legitimacy of the organization itself. But first, it requires the volunteer to ...
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Volunteering with or for Big Wild Cats?

Often volunteers look for and ask us about missions where they can interact with wild cats. And more than often we hear that the motivation for joining projects allowing these types of interactions is a way for them of affirming ...
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About Conservation Ethics

The Handbook of Conservation & Sustainability Ethics by John A. Vucetich My rating: ✮✮✮✮ of 5 stars We shouldn’t be dissuaded from engaging in a conservation ethical discourse for fear that it might not be adequately effective. We should rather ...
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