African Grey parrots are widely favored as pets due to their high level of intelligence and incredible abilities to “speak” and communicate. Yet, the same endearing qualities that makes them so popular as pets also increases their market demand, ultimately threatening wild populations.
About Jenny GriffinWith a background in marine biology, conservation, environmental education and journalism, Jenny has written for both national and international publications including Africa - Environment & Wildlife, OutThere, and Scientia magazines. She contributes articles to several green business websites and blogs, specializing in topics related to environmental issues, sustainability, and climate change, and has been a contributing writer and educational consultant with the Climate Emergency Institute since its inception.
As a passionate animal lover and experienced dog groomer, Jenny also writes on pet care topics and is the author of a series of Pet Owner's Guides, as well as a rhyming children's picture book, Griff's Goats, based on the antics of her pet goats. When she's not writing, Jenny can usually be found surfing, spending time with her horses or caring for her extended menagerie of pets.
By Jenny Griffin| 2016-11-22T12:10:26+00:00 November 4th, 2016|Categories: Environment, Featured Author, Nature, Popular, Science, Science & Technology|Tags: Africa, Anti-Poaching, Black Mambas, Culture Headline, Elephant, Female, Girl Power, Home Headline, ICYMI, Leaders, Rhino, Science Headline, Women|
Illegal poaching in Africa has decimated wildlife such as rhino and elephant, which are targeted for their horns and tusks respectively. These items are smuggled to Asia, where they fetch high prices on the black market. Now a specially trained anti-poaching unit — the Black Mambas — comprised almost entirely of women, is taking the poachers head on, with remarkable success in the area in which they operate.
By Jenny Griffin| 2016-09-28T20:46:50+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Environment, Science, Science & Technology|Tags: Climate Change, Compost, Composting, Emissions, Gardens, Landfills, Local, Organic Waste, Vegetables|
Home grown veggies, as it turns out, are not only healthy for you, but are also healthy for the planet. If you want to do your bit to combat climate change, you can start by growing some vegetables in your back yard. Better still, practice organic methods to be even more eco-friendly. This will [...]
By Jenny Griffin| 2016-09-28T21:01:27+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Environment, Featured Author, Science, Science & Technology|Tags: Beat the Micro-Bead, Beauty Products, Ecosystems, Environment, Micro Beads, Plastic, Treatment, Wastewater|
Plastic shopping bags, bottles and other forms of plastic, commonly found littering our countryside, waterways and beaches, have been widely recognized as major environmental pollutants. However, minute plastic micro beads pose an equal threat to our ecosystem. But to date, these plastic micro beads have not been given as much credit for the contribution they [...]