habitat encroachment

Read my guest blog at PBS.org

I was invited to contribute a blog as part of PBS.org‘s Remotely Connected project. They chose an episode of Nature for me to write about, Simon King’s “The Cheetah Orphans.”

As some of you long-time readers might expect, I ended up putting in something like 1,300 very earnest words, so check it out if you’re looking for some fresh animal-friendly content. “The Cheetah Orphans” raises some interesting questions, so maybe you’ll give the film a look when it airs this coming Sunday, November 11th at 8pm (check local listings). It gave me the opportunity to write about wildlife issues from the point of view of animal interests in a venue known more for conservation than for animal rights.

And, while you’re at it, check out some of the previous posts listed down the left sidebar. I’m a fan of Merlin Mann (43Folders.com), who wrote up a fairly humorous entry that is typical of his work.

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‘Cousins’ at War: Baboons vs. People

ABC News

It’s easy for most of us to forget that our ancestors lived much more closely with wildlife from day to day. But the fact is that many people still do. And, as the human population continues to grow and expand, we will see more stories about habitat conflicts between human and non-human animals.

As that occurs, everyone should bear in mind this vital quote from Jenni Trehowen of Baboon Matters:

“You don’t have to like baboons. You certainly don’t have to like bears or coyotes like you’ve got in America, but if you could learn to accept that they are here, and they have a right to be here.”

She added, “What small steps do we need to adjust in our lives so that we can actually all enjoy the planet together, rather than thinking we are the dominant species therefore we own it all.”