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Black Stork Down: the trap of communicating the Wildlife Wars

Dead protected birds Dwejra Lines 14 09 2011

By Diogo Veríssimo, Georgia State University and Brian Campbell, University of Kent As the world’s tigers, elephants, rhinos and pangolins continue to be poached, smuggled and sold, wildlife conservationists have declared war on wildlife trafficking and illegal hunting. These “wildlife wars” have received wide media coverage and led to an exceptional increase in enforcement through,… Read More

Kathryn Bigelow and the bogus link between ivory and terrorism


It is often said that if something is repeated often enough, it becomes accepted as true. This has certainly been the case for the link between terrorism and the poaching of elephants for the ivory trade. A wide range of public figures have repeated the claim that ivory plays a major role in bankrolling terrorist… Read More

To reduce rhino poaching, take demand for horns seriously


Today my piece on the importance of demand reduction was published in the conversation.com! Read it below! Poaching rhinos for their horns is one of the most publicized conservation issues worldwide. From global trade bans and surveillance drones, to the involvement of celebrities such as British royal Prince Charles and NBA star Yao Ming, it… Read More

Next big idea in conservation? Harness the power of marketing


I was interviewed for the environmental website Mongabay.com on the potential for using marketing techniques to improve the way conservationists do outreach. In this piece I dwell on how marketing can offer a set of important tools to conservationists and on what can be improved in the way we do outreach (spoiler: there is LOTS)!… Read More

The failure of Fuleco


The Fifa World Cup host, Brazil, has been criticised for failing to make environmental policy changes it promised ahead of the championships. Even the Fifa mascot, Fuleco the armadillo, is under fire. The furry mascot, whose name combines the Portuguese words for football and ecology, is failing to promote the conservation of the latter.  In this piece in the… Read More

Marketing Webinar!

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A couple of weeks ago I gave a webinar entitled “The role of marketing and flagship species in mainstreaming biodiversity” at the invitation of the “Bird Education Alliance for Conservation“, a coalition of educators representing universities, bird observatories, local, state, and federal agencies, and environmental education and conservation groups. In this webinar I focused on some… Read More

Can ‘humanizing’ animals help conserve them?


Dumbo the lovable elephant, Baloo the easy-going bear or Timon the wisecracking meerkat – attributing human features and traits to fictional animals is not new. But can it help in the conservation of real species? In this article, me and other researchers share our views on the use of anthropomorphism in conservation. Read it here!

I still fucking love biodiversity


To celebrate the first anniversary of my biodiversity themed social media platform “I fucking love biodiversity” I wrote this blog post on conservation bytes reviewing some of the challenges of keeping this effort going! Have a read here! IFLB has now more than 17 500 fans across Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and we are just getting… Read More



Last week was also the launch of the book “BioGrafias: Vidas de quem estuda a Vida”, for which I am one of the editors, a project that brings together 18 Portuguese biologist who share with the public the 35  most remarkable episodes of their careers. Spread across five continents these stories portray the wide range… Read More