The Steese National Conservation Area in Alaska encompasses 1.2 million acres of public land about 100 miles northeast of Fairbanks. Created by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, the Steese NCA’s special values include Birch Creek Wild and Scenic River, crucial caribou calving grounds and home range, and Dall sheep habitat. While various land uses are allowed in the Steese NCA, the area is managed so that its scenic, scientific, cultural and other resources are protected.

The Steese NCA is split into the North and South Units, located on either side of the Steese Highway. The popular Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail skirts the edge of the North Unit.

Popular activities in the summer include hiking and backpacking, hunting and wildlife viewing, bird-watching, watching the midnight sun, canoeing and rafting, fishing, and rock climbing. Most rock-climbing occurs on Mount Prindle, located within the Mount Prindle Research Natural Area. 

In winter the Steese NCA provides solitude and untouched scenery to those intrepid travelers who explore it by ski, snowshoe, dog-sled, or snowmobile. Sled dog racers in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race traverse the western corner of the South Unit each February.”

Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1cPbmcQ

Photo: Craig McCaa, BLM-Alaska

There are now 6 billion of us, and our numbers grow by the equivalent of the population of China every decade….and at almost every step, we have emphasized the local over the global, the short-term over the long. We have destroyed the forests, eroded the topsoil, changed the composition of the atmosphere, depleted the protective ozone layer, tampered with the climate, poisoned the air and the waters, and made the poorest people suffer most from the deteriorating environment. We have become predators on the biosphere – full of arrogant entitlement, always taking and never giving back. And so, we are now a danger to ourselves and the other beings with whom we share the planet.
—  Carl Sagan

We asked legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle for her menu advice. Below, check out Earle’s take on omega oils, tuna rolls, and her ideal meal.

Ask yourself this: is it more important to you to consume fish, or to think of them as being here for a larger purpose? 

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Why do we need the modern zoo? 

The zoo has come a long way, transforming from a place of public entertainment, to the modern zoo, which many see as a centre for conservation. So why do we even need modern zoos? In this episode, David explores this very question.

It has been awhile since we shared a Raju video with you… we hope you like this one, although you don’t see that much of him! :)

New video of Raju!  He’s still being a ‘waterbaby’ and now he’s got his main squeeze, Laxmi, to keep him company in the bath.  They have a lovely little library of videos of their elephants, also known as the Herd of Hope, along with their other animals. 

If you’d like, you can donate to Raju’s upkeep here or donate directly to Wildlife SOS, who also rescue dancing bears and big cats in addition to elephants.


With less than 4,000 left in the wild, tigers are in real danger of extinction. You can make a difference in saving tigers.

  • Share your love of tigers and spread the word about the threats they face.
  • Do not purchase products that put tigers at risk and encourage others not to, either.
  • Support programs like the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy that fund conservation work to help save tigers.

11 photos that prove tigers have a softer side
July 29 is International Tiger Day, a holiday that raises awareness of their endangered status and advocates a global system for conserving their natural habitats.
While tigers are known for their striking stripes, massive size, barbed tongues, razor sharp teeth and predatory instinct, it’s also important to recognize how cute and lovable they can be. Here are just a few photos demonstrating the gentle side of these beautiful creatures.

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Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars

Study shows red meat dwarfs others for environmental impact, using 28 times more land and 11 times water for pork or chicken

by Damian Carrington

Beef’s environmental impact dwarfs that of other meat including chicken and pork, new research reveals, with one expert saying that eating less red meat would be a better way for people to cut carbon emissions than giving up their cars.

The heavy impact on the environment of meat production was known but the research shows a new scale and scope of damage, particularly for beef. The popular red meat requires 28 times more land to produce than pork or chicken, 11 times more water and results in five times more climate-warming emissions. When compared to staples like potatoes, wheat, and rice, the impact of beef per calorie is even more extreme, requiring 160 times more land and producing 11 times more greenhouse gases…

(read more: The Guardian UK)

photos: Shutterstock and Alamy


Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for its precious ivory! In the time that you are just reading this post and taking a short break from your day another elephant is brutally killed again for its ivory. PLEASE visit www.iworry.org and sign their petition or simply just help spread the word that ‘Nobody needs ivory but the elephants!’ Every day is actually ‘Elephant day’ and they need us now more than ever.

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Hector’s Dolphin

Hector’s dolphins are the smallest and rarest marine dolphins in the world. There is a subspecies of Hector’s dolphin known as Maui’s dolphin that is critically endangered and estimated to have a population of only 55. They are found only in the shallow coastal waters along western shores of New Zealand’s North Island

Bycatch—becoming tangled in recreational and commercial gill and trawl nets—is the biggest threat they face.  Gillnets, for example, are made of a fine mesh that dolphins are unable to detect underwater and they accidentally swim into them and become caught. Other threats include being struck by boats, pollution in their habitat, coastal development and seabed mining.