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Stories by John R. Platt

Rise of the Extinction Deniers

Just like climate deniers, they’re out to obfuscate and debase the scientists and conservationists trying to save the world—and maybe get rid of a few pesky species in the process...

June 22, 2019 — John R. Platt

Breeding the "Snot Otter"

The gigantic Ozark hellbender salamander is in trouble in the wild, but one zoo—and a hard-working team—is helping to boost its populations

February 18, 2019 — John R. Platt

Shock as China Legalizes Medicinal Trade in Rhino Horns and Tiger Parts

In a move that shocked and horrified many conservationists, China this week opened up two legal markets for rhino horns and tiger body parts. Under China’s new rules, which overturn a 25-year-old ban, farm-raised tiger and rhino “products” can be approved for use in medical research or by accredited doctors in hospitals, despite the fact that the body parts have no known medicinal value...

November 9, 2018 — John R. Platt
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