Paul Kvinta

Paul Kvinta

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I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them

At a time of unprecedented mass extinctions, no animal epitomizes the global biodiversity free fall more than the Asian elephant. Paul Kvinta travels to Laos to visit a moon-shot project aimed at saving the country's 400 remaining wild behemoths, investigate the strange underworld of wildlife trafficking—and make a very unexpected purchase.

Paul Kvinta
Nov 12, 2019

The Pulitzer Prize Finalist Studying the Surprising Secrets of Trees

The Pulitzer Prize finalist spent two years visiting 12 sites around the world for an ambitious new book that reveals the surprising—and surprisingly fascinating—arboreal secrets hidden in the canopies of ordinary trees. Paul Kvinta meets with the real-life Lorax on New York's Upper West side and learns why white men never stand in the shade.

Paul Kvinta
Mar 23, 2017

Hawaii's Crazy War Over Zombie Cats

There is an evolutionary death match under way in Hawaii, where half a million feral cats, some of them infected with a terrifying zombie parasite, are wreaking havoc on endangered species. Some people call them the "kitties of doom." Others will do anything to save them.

Paul Kvinta
Oct 28, 2016

How Australia's National Icon Became Public Enemy #1

Australia is home to 24 million people and roughly 60 million kangaroos. The cuddly looking creatures are still a beloved national icon, but they're also the scourge of ranchers, frequent roadkill, a favorite on restaurant menus, and now the target of government-sponsored sharpshooters. Our writer hops Down Under for a rugged tour of one of the world's most surprising human-animal conflicts.

Paul Kvinta
Nov 23, 2015

The Madness of Modern-Day Poaching

South African Johnny Olivier was just looking for an easy job to pay the bills. But after agreeing to help a buddy collect lion bones for an international wildlife-trafficking kingpin, he found himself in the middle of an unprecedented poaching scheme that involved imported sex workers, heavy gambling, bags of cash, and the slaughter of more than 30 rhinos.

Paul Kvinta
Mar 16, 2014

Low's Gully is a 6,000-foot chasm that gets deadly when it rains. This month, a team of top canyoneers take it on, with only one way out.

Paul Kvinta
Mar 1, 2003

Warm, windswept, unfettered, ever-changing—North America's four great desert regions hide untold possibilities for classic winter adventure. They may be scorching and sere, with prickly dangers over every horizon, but if you know where to go—and how to explore wisely—you'll find these 500,000 square miles of desolation downright hospitable.

Craig Childs, Jonathan Hanson, Andrew Rice, Jason Daley, Paul Kvinta, and Robert Earle Howells
Jan 1, 2002

Paul Kvinta
Jul 16, 2001

The Pacific Rim's most explosive endurance sport combines speed, pain, and ancient tradition

Tim Zimmermann, Catherine Elton, Eric Hansen, Gretchen Reynolds, Elizabeth Royte, Paul Kvinta, and Marc Peruzzi
Jan 1, 2000

Rodeo kayaking's effort to transform itself into a mainstream sport

Gretchen Reynolds and Paul Kvinta
Dec 1, 1999

Some of the most innovative boats ever built prepare for the fiercest race in sailing history

Tim Zimmermann, Gretchen Reynolds, Pam Squyres, Michael Menduno, Paul Kvinta, and George Hurchalla
Nov 1, 1999

A Tex-Mex multisport adventure takes exhilarating turns in Big Bend country

Paul Kvinta
Oct 1, 1999

A Tex-Mex multisport adventure takes exhilarating turns in Big Bend country

Paul Kvinta
Oct 1, 1999