The unappreciated urban wilds

The unappreciated urban wilds

In many parts of the world, urban nature is experiencing a renaissance. Stories abound of biodiversity in cities, vegetated infrastructure, the psychological benefits of greenery. But one aspect of urban nature remains underappreciated: wildness. Places where nobody...
The trouble with lionfish control

The trouble with lionfish control

Since their introduction to the Caribbean in the early 1990s, Indo-Pacific lionfish have proved to be among the most troublesome invasive species around, voraciously consuming populations of native fish but rarely being eaten themselves. People have tried to control...
The precarious state of Earth’s national animal symbols

The precarious state of Earth’s national animal symbols

India’s Ganges River dolphins and Uganda’s grey-crowned cranes, Arabian oryx in Oman and the white-tailed eagles of Poland: they’re some of Earth’s literal flagship species, the official animals of nations and states. Yet for all they’re venerated as symbols, their...
The temple where monkeys trade with humans

The temple where monkeys trade with humans

Thirty or so years ago, a long-tailed macaque at the Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia, took something from a visitor. A pair of sunglasses, maybe, or a hat. Which wouldn’t have been so unusual—monkeys are quite the little scamps—but something unexpected happened...
Where the churches are forests, too

Where the churches are forests, too

In the midst of northern Ethiopia’s deforested landscapes stand churches: not just buildings belonging to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, but also the sacred forests surrounding them. Protected for centuries even as farmers cleared the surrounding lands, they’re...