GWC Associate Scores a Big Win for Small Cats

November 8, 2018

“Small wild cats are too hard to study. You’ll be lucky to find 15 of them,” warned Dr. Constanza Napolitano’s University of Chile classmates in 2006 when she decided to do her doctoral dissertation on the Guigna (pronounced wee-nya). These adorable, 5-pound fluffballs may look like pets, but they don’t readily pounce into boxes like Read more

Cosmopolitan Small Cats Make a Splash in Sri Lanka

November 2, 2018

If it swims and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. But if it swims, quacks like a duck, fishes, and looks like a miniature Leopard—it’s a Fishing Cat. Anya Ratnayaka was a young wildlife conservationist living in Colombo in her native Sri Lanka when a rogue Fishing Cat changed her life. Like many young Read more

Un día en la vida de los Guardianes de Nuestro Planeta

November 1, 2018

Sentando en el balcón de la estación de guardabosques del Parque Nacional Tapantí – Macizo de la Muerte en Costa Rica, Mauricio Hernández ojea fotos de  algunos de sus patrullajes mas desafiantes. “Él era conocido como diablo,” dice Mauricio, mientras describe como uno de los cazadores furtivos más famosos de la zona casi se escapa. Read more

A Day in the Life of Our Planet’s Protectors

October 31, 2018

On the balcony of the Tapantí – Macizo de la Muerte ranger station in Costa Rica, park ranger Mauricio Hernandez goes through pictures of his most challenging patrols. “He was known as the devil,” he says, as he stops to describe how a well-known poacher almost got away. “When we caught him, he said he Read more

Baird's Tapir

GWC Conservationists Go to Bat in World Series of Camera Trap Competitions

October 25, 2018

As attention in the United States turns toward baseball’s two best teams facing off in the World Series this week, we at GWC are wrapping up a world-class competition of our own: the game of competitive camera trapping. The winning strategy? Seek-the-poo, an on-the-offensive tactic that our Central America and Tropical Andes coordinator, Dr. Chris Read more

Tandayapa Andes Toad

Tiny Lost-and-Found Toad Becomes Harbinger of Hope

October 23, 2018

Six years ago a conservation biologist and his friend, a herpetologist, hiked into a little-explored rainforest in northern Ecuador to conduct the first-ever survey of reptiles and amphibians in the site. On the very first night in the field, they stumbled upon a tiny toad about 100 meters from their cabin—a toad that left them Read more

Dark Muntjac

Tracking the Treasures of Pu Mat National Park

October 22, 2018

In the mountains of north-central Vietnam, Pu Mat National Park perches on more than 900 square kilometers of rugged, forested mountainous terrain in the Annamite Mountains on the border with Laos. It is one of the most remote areas in the country—and is consequently a refuge for a number of Southeast Asia’s imperiled wildlife, including Read more

A Close-up on the Wild World of Camera Trapping

October 16, 2018

Occasionally a wildlife “selfie” will go viral, delighting the world with a candid glimpse of tiger cubs wrestling or penguins dancing. These shots are one in a million—literally. All over the world, our conservationists and partner organizations are using thousands of camera traps to capture millions of images of animals. Most are your basic “scurrying Read more

Red List of Reasons for Hope

October 15, 2018

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is a living document. It aims to track the status of hundreds of thousands of species of plants, animals, and other organisms representing all the ecosystems on the planet. It is, in many instances, the last and most definitive word on how a species or population is doing Read more

Taking the Temperature of Wildlife Health Across the Planet

October 15, 2018

If you want to check the likelihood that it’s going to storm this afternoon, you check the barometer. If you want to check the health of a person, you consult a thermometer. And if you want to know the health of a species or population of animals, you check the IUCN Red List of Threatened Read more