Q&A with GWC’s New Primate Conservation Director

December 26, 2017

Dr. Anthony Rylands began his career studying primates in the Amazon and Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil. Since 1996, he has served as deputy Chair of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, and has increasingly focused his work on the objectives of the specialist group—networking, coordinating, and publishing on themes that focus on the conservation Read more

Q&A with GWC’s new Chief Conservation Officer

December 26, 2017

In November of 2017, world-renowned wildlife champion Russ Mittermeier joined GWC as Chief Conservation Officer, a leadership role that will help position GWC as an even more powerful force for the protection of endangered wildlife and wildlands. With more than 45 years of experience in conservation, Mittermeier has described 18 species new to science, has Read more

GWC Associates: 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

December 22, 2017

At the end of 2017, GWC associate conservation scientists are looking ahead at their goals for the new year, including their professional goals in the field of conservation, and their personal goals for ensuring they are helping protect the planet around the clock. Sagar Dahal, Associate Conservation Scientist Professionally, my goal is to reach out Read more

GWC Staff: 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

December 22, 2017

At the end of 2017, GWC staff are looking ahead at their goals for the new year, including their professional goals in the field of conservation, and their personal goals for ensuring they are helping protect the planet around the clock. Mike Appleton, Director of Protected Area Management My goal is to keep helping, supporting Read more

Q&A with GWC’s new executive assistant

December 20, 2017

This month we were thrilled to welcome Ella Outlaw to the GWC team as our new executive assistant. Ella comes to us from Conservation International, where she worked as Russ Mittermeier’s executive assistant. We touched base with Ella about her new role with GWC, how she developed her passion for conservation, and her love of Read more

Eyes over the Chilean Andes

December 6, 2017

Jorge Valenzuela, with the National Forest Corporation of Chile, and I have been checking our cameras in the Chilean Andes in recent weeks as part of his wildlife monitoring program. We have so far checked eight camera locations. We recorded Andean Cat, Pampas Cat, puma, culpeo (fox), Hog-nosed Skunk, Grison, Mountain Viscacha and Mountain Caracara Read more

Newly Discovered Blue Tarantula a Beacon for Invertebrate Conservation

November 20, 2017

Walking through the jungle in the dark of the night, my visual stimuli were limited to the area illuminted by the small, bright beam of light from my flashlight. On nights like these, I am out scanning for nocturnal biodiversity. Specifically, as the herpetologist for the Biodiversity Assessment Team, a joint conservation research team through Read more

A Day in the Field – Colombia

November 17, 2017

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientists (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) The past two months I spent in the field finalizing research sites and setting transects for my Ph.D. work in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Although we traverse across properties and elevations every few days, below is what an “average” day looks like. Read more

Photo story: Creating a protected area plan for Indio Maíz

November 16, 2017

Over the past month members of the GWC team have been working with local people on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua to create a community-driven, protected area management plan for Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. The reserve forms part of one of the five biggest forests remaining in Central America and is home to Baird’s Tapir, Read more

Bat Appreciation Month winds down (but our appreciation does not)

October 31, 2017

Bats get a bad rap. Not only thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but more modern depictions and myths shed a dark and eerie light on these flighted mammals. However, aside from the few hematophagic species (which is definitely a diet straight out of a horror film, but bares no real danger to humans), there is Read more