Past Editions

2008-2009 Edition

SOTW 2008-2009

The second edition of State of the Wild (2008-2009) is devoted to a theme of growing significance: One World-One Health, the integration of wildlife health, ecosystem health, human health, and the health of domestic animals.

Table of Contents

By the Numbers

Foreword: The Value of Conservation
Ward Woods

Introduction: Future States of the Wild
Kent H. Redford

Part I: State of the Wild

Tipping Point: Perspective of a Climatologist
James Hansen

Global Conservation News Highlights

Margaret Kinnaird

Rarest of the Rare
Catherine Grippo, Taylor H. Ricketts, and Jonathan Hoekstra

Continuing to Consume Wildlife: An Update
Elizabeth L. Bennett

Part II: Focus on the Wild

Emerging Diseases and Conservation: One World-One Health
Dr. Robert A. Cook

Little is Big, Many is One: Zoonoses in the Twenty-first Century
David Quammen

Land-use Change as a Driver of Disease
Jonathan A. Patz, Sarah H. Olson, and Jill C. Baumgartner

Transboundary Management of Natural Resources and the Importance of a "One Health" Approach: Perspectives on Southern Africa
Steven A. Osofsky, David H. M. Cumming, and Michael D. Kock

An Ounce of Prevention: Lessons from the First Avian Influenza Scare
William B. Karesh

Why Wildlife Health Matters in North America
John R. Fischer

Warming Oceans, Increasing Disease: Mapping the Health Effects of Climate Change
Rita R. Colwell

Conservation Controversy: To Cull or not to Cull?
Barry Estabrook

Part III: Emerging Issues in the Wild

Conservation of Wildlife

Last of the Great Overland Migrations
Joel Berger

Downward Spiral: Catastrophic Decline of South Asian Vultures
Todd E. Katzner

Conserving Cold-blooded Australians
Richard Shine

Settling for Less: Disappearing Diadromous Fishes
John Waldman

Conservation of Wild Places

Mapping the State of the Oceans
Eric W. Sanderson

Africa's Last Wild Places: Why Conservation Can't Wait
J. Michael Fay

The Deep Sea: Unknown and Under Threat
Les Watling

Climate Change in the Andes
Carolina Murcia

Grazers and Grasslands: Restoring Biodiversity on the Prairies
James H. Shaw

People, Culture and Conservation

Conservation and Human Displacement
Arun Agrawal, Kent H. Redford and Eva Fearn

Conservation Psychology: Who Cares about the Biodiversity Crisis?
John Fraser and Jessica Sickler

Biogenetics and Conservation: Celebrate or Worry?
Stephen C. Aldrich

The Art and Practice of Conservation

Conservation in Conflict: Illegal Drugs versus Habitat in South America
Liliana Dávalos and Adriana C. Bejarano

Rewilding the Islands
C. Josh Donlan

Addressing AIDS: Conservation in Africa
Judy Oglethorpe

Conservation as Diplomacy
Steven E. Sanderson

Final Thoughts
Profession: Awajun

Walter H. Wust

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2006-2007 Edition

SOTW 2006-2007

The first edition of State of the Wild (2006-2007) includes a thematic section exploring the impacts of Hunting and the Wildlife Trade, a complex conservation issue escalating in scale due to an increasing human population, expanding international markets, and unsustainable practices.

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People across the globe are doing exemplary work in the field to save wildlife and wild places, but many of their stories go untold. These true conservation heroes are working against great odds to preserve the natural world for future generations.

Eco-guards of Chad

Though 17 state employees working with the Zakouma National Park Protection Unit have been killed by poachers since 1990, the unit's commitment to save the park's elephants remains strong.

Mark Higley

The wildlife biologist for northern California's Hoopa Valley Tribe, Higley has developed community-based management approaches to conserving his reservation's old-growth forests, carnivore populations, and other natural resources.

Yuri Melini

Founder of an environmental nonprofit in Guatemala, Melini works tirelessly to protect the country's Maya Biosphere Reserve–the largest protected area in Mesoamerica–from being overtaken by private interests such as resource extraction.

Habiba Sarabi

The first female governor of an Afghan province, Sarabi helped to establish Band-e-Amir National Park and works to ensure that the development of ecotourism goes hand in hand with the conservation of the landscape.