News, views and features from the front lines of conservation

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How an extraordinary new effort is giving sharks ‘a fighting chance’

By Mary Kate McCoy

July 24, 2023
Earlier this year, three zebra shark pups became the first endangered sharks ever to be bred in captivity for the purpose of being released into the wild. They're part of a bold plan to bring sharks back from the brink of extinction.
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Walking shark, Hemiscyllium halmahera
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Indonesia protects ‘walking sharks.’ Are other sharks next?

By Mary Kate McCoy

April 19, 2023
The Indonesian government has granted six species of threatened “walking sharks” the highest level of protection — a move experts hope will lead to the conservation of other sharks, whose numbers have plummeted due largely to the shark fin trade.
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© Garrett Goto. Komodo National Park, Indonesia

3 things our experts loved in March

By Matthew Ribel

March 27, 2023
Conservation International is powered by 1,500 people in more than 30 countries — their interests, like their hometowns, are all over the map. In this monthly feature, we highlight three things that kept our experts busy while off the clock.
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New study shows where manta rays thrive

By Mary Kate McCoy

December 2, 2022
Targeted for their gill plates and trapped accidentally in fishing nets, reef manta rays are in trouble; their populations around the world are plummeting. But in one protected area off the coast of Indonesia, the rays are not only bucking worldwide trends – they’re thriving.
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Nature meets culture: fashion’s footprint, a reef’s revival and more

By Kiley Price

January 16, 2020
In an occasional series, we review shows, podcasts and more that bring nature to life for you.
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