Jun. 03, 2019 This update was written by Dr. Maureen Wanjiku Kamau, Veterinary Research Fellow in One Health for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Global Health Program. My name is Dr. Maureen Wanjiku Kamau, and I am a veterinary research fellow in one health for…
A carbon sink is whatever absorbs more carbon than it emits. Forests, soils, oceans, and the atmosphere store carbon and carbon moves between them in a cyclical fashion. At various times, forests act as sources (releasing more carbon than is absorbed) or sinks.
Lumbering across Namibia’s Etosha National Park, a solitary white rhino (Ceratotherium simum) emerges from the vast, pastel landscape like an arid apparition. While it’s common for rhinos to wallow in mud and dust to ward off biting insects, the salt deposits that form in shallow depressions at Etosha paint the animals’ skin a ghostly hue.
July 31 is World Ranger Day, a day each year that commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures. The commemoration of World Ranger Day calls for stronger penalties for poachers and an increase in the number of rangers.
Whenever I am asked what my passions are, like most women I list two: my family and my career. I am the mother of two young children, my passion project in the truest sense of the term; and I am a conservation biologist – part of a remarkable team who are doing everything we can to save endangered species… and ultimately save ourselves.