Category Archive: Wildlife

Mar 01

Bye, bye bison

By Daniel K. Benjamin
Late in the 19th century, in a frenzy lasting little more than a decade, 15 million bison were slaughtered on the Great Plains. This fact is well known, but there is disagreement over why the decimation occurred, and n…

Jan 01

Electrifying Pachyderms

Protecting the Aberdares ecosystem required keeping the local people from poaching the wildlife, grazing it with livestock, and cutting the indigenous trees for firewood. A 24- mile electric fence enclosing 850 square miles (one-quarter the size of …