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Category Archives: Wildlife

Regenerative Travel Is the Next Phase of Responsible Tourism

From far-flung expeditions to deep fireside chats, travel has the power to change us. When done well, it can also positively change the places we visit—a fact I learned during a recent safari in southern Tanzania. As a wildlife enthusiast, I often plan my trips around local fauna. Sure, I follow responsible wildlife tourism guidelines, […]

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3 New Survival Thrillers That Almost Made Us Poop Our Pants

It’s been a slow summer for Hollywood, but there’s been no shortage of monosyllabically titled thrillers set in the outdoors. Prey started streaming on Hulu last month, Fall hit theaters on August 12, and Beast premiered last Friday. All three films are human vs. nature (or alien?) stories designed to prickle the sweat glands underneath […]

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This Is the Perfect Plan to Rewild the American West. There’s Just One Problem: Politics.

A new paper written by 20 wildlife biologists and ecologists and published in the journal BioScience this month offers a simple, cost-effective solution to many of the problems plaguing the West: climate change, a loss of biodiversity, and even mega-fires. The authors suggest we replace livestock grazing across large swaths of federal public lands with […]

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‘Nope’ Updates the Story of the West and Who It Belongs To

In the 19th century, an estimated one in four cowboys were Black, but you’d never know from reading and watching Western books and films. This canon has served as an act of cinematic and literary nationalism, portraying cowboys of the Old West as white, craggy men of few words and many pistols. And when Black […]

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Michael B. Jordan Is the Most Endearing Nature-Doc Narrator

You probably know actor Michael B. Jordan as the star of the Creed franchise or as Black Panther’s antihero. But this year, the Sexiest Man Alive (according to People magazine) has ventured into new territory: nature documentaries. And honestly? We’re here for it. Following in the footsteps of celebrity narrators like Morgan Freeman and Sigourney Weaver, […]

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Meet Porky, Cinder, and Other Furry Survivors of the 2022 New Mexico Superfires

This spring, New Mexico was hit hard by wildfires, and two of them burned through vast swaths of public and private land to the west and east of Santa Fe, where I live. The Cerro Pelado Fire, which at press time had scorched more than 45,000 acres of backcountry south and west of Los Alamos, […]

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How to Protect Your Dog From Rattlesnake Bites

You’re clomping along with your four-legged best friend down a sunny stretch of trail when, out of nowhere, you hear it—the shcka shcka shcka of a rattlesnake’s tail. The creature is sprawled across the length of the hiking path, and there’s no safe way around. It’s every pet owner’s worst nightmare. If a rattlesnake bites […]

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4 Documentaries We Can’t Wait to See at the Mountainfilm Festival

Mountainfilm has been held in the heart of the San Juan Mountains every Memorial Day weekend for 44 years. The festival brings together athletes, filmmakers, and cinephiles to the picturesque town of Telluride, Colorado, to watch hundreds of the year’s best adventure films and attend talks with movers and shakers in the outdoor world (in […]

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