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New figures show essentially no change in the number of elephants killed in Africa by poachers last year, despite a high-profile meeting on the crisis which was attended by 46 countries and a number of commitments. Data from CITES' Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) estimated that around 20,000 elephants were killed in 2014, the same as in 2013.
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From our conservation holiday volunteering with lynx, wolves, bears and wildcats in the Carpathian mountains of Slovakia (http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/slovakia)

We thought you might all like to know that the last camera trap left out at the deer carcass yielded some beautiful pictures of lynx (see below).

Thank you again everyone and well done for another great set of results.

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Tracking large carnivores in Slovakia’s Vel’ka Fatra National Park

For the fourth year Biosphere Expeditions has run its winter lynx, wolf and bear conservation research project in the Vel’ka Fatra National Park, located in the Western Carpathian Mountains of Slovakia. The wild mountain valley where the expedition operates continues to support these large carnivores, which have disappeared from most of their former ranges across Europe. The spruce and beech forests of the Lubochnianska valley have good populations of red deer, roe deer and wild boar, which are the principal prey species of wolves and lynx. Bears will also predate these species, but are also dependant on a vegetarian menu including beech mast and blueberries, which the forest and mountain meadows provide.

> More via http://biosphereexpeditions.cmail19.com/t/ViewEmail/j/6306489A73D46809/87F98530754DB02144D0DD5392A9C75A 
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Join us for an event in London on Saturday, 20 June! Click here for the details > www.biosphere-expeditions.org/events
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Here are the additions of our 2015 expedition to Slovakia to study lynx, wolf & bear - www.biosphere-expeditions.org/slovakia. 2016 dates are now online too.
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'Mama, I wanna be a toxic caterpillar,' says the little bird. 'Okay,' mamma answers, 'but first you gotta study your Batesian mimicry.' Meet the cinereous mourner, an ash-colored, Amazonian bird that looks rather hum-drum compared to many other birds found in the region. Yet, scientists have discovered something special about the birds: its newborn babies look and move like a neon orange, toxic caterpillar.
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Critical article about voluntourism written by Biosphere Expeditions staff > http://issuu.com/biosphere-expeditions/docs/wildside15
Critical article about voluntourism written by Biosphere Expeditions staff.
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Biosphere Expeditions is mentioned in the Huffington Post > http://www.huffingtonpost.com/smartertravel/10-vacations-to-take-befo_b_6924188.html
They may not appear so at first glance, but kids are the perfect travelers. Sure, they're more prone to meltdowns and jet lag, but they see the world with pure amazement, a skill many of us have let lapse over time....
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Our Slovakia expedition www.biosphere-expeditions.org/slovakia is honoured on skyscanner.com's "Great Humanitarian Travel Options" list.
This year, unleash your inner philanthropist. Put your free time to good use by volunteering to make the world a better place.
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March ezine now out! Click below to read.
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Here's the latest batch of photos from our 205 Arabian oryx, wildcat and other desert species expedition - www.biosphere-expeditions.org/arabia. 2016 dates are now online too.
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ADVANCING WILDLIFE CONSERVATION - FOR NATURE, NOT PROFIT
Introduction
Biosphere Expeditions is an award-winning not-for-profit conservation organisation, and a member of IUCN and the UN’s Environment Programme. For us successful conservation is the collective effort of individuals. We invite everyone to join us on our wildlife and wilderness projects all over the world. Whether young or old, become a citizen scientist for one or two weeks, or more.

The foundation of our work is science and local need. We focus on sustainable conservation projects that target clearly defined, critical issues that humankind has the power to change. International volunteers work hand-in-hand with local biologists and communities to drive positive outcomes for biodiversity - the creation of a protected area for snow leopards in the Altai is just one recent example.

Biosphere Expeditions is a member of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Governing Council & Global Ministerial Environment Forum. Achievements include the implementation of our conservation recommendations and species protection plans by numerous national and regional governments and NGOs, the creation of protected areas on four continents, scientific and lay publications, as well as capacity-building, training and education all over the world.