Boar, Bear, Bird and Bat: Maintaining Healthy Forests in Nepal

October 16, 2017

The relationships between animals, plants, their habitat, humans and the planet as a whole are complex and we are only starting to understand these connections. What is clear, however, is that wildlife play a key role in maintaining the health of their forest habitats, even in helping to restore a forest after natural processes threaten Read more

A Bean in Borella

October 13, 2017

I had just finished a pleasant—no, horrible—5k on the most hated machine of any oarswoman/man, the erg, when my phone started lighting up like a malfunctioning Christmas light. It was fellow GWC associate conservation scientist and Small Cat Advocacy & Research (SCAR) co-founder Ashan on the other end, informing me about a kitten that was Read more

Bringing together experts for South Asian small mammal conservation

September 15, 2017

Small mammals serve as pollinators, seed dispersers and, as prey species, also help maintain populations of reptiles, birds, small cats, small carnivores and even large carnivores. For example, marmots, squirrels and rodents (including porcupines) make up a large part of the diet of Snow Leopards, Leopards and wolves. Small mammals are also very good indicator Read more

Youth Camp for Sri Lanka’s Future Conservationists

September 14, 2017

It was another rainy morning for Kandy City in this monsoon season. But there was something special about today because it was the first day of our annual youth camp program, which was organized through GWC partner Small Cat Advocacy & Research. These programs were first started in 2014 for university students interested in wildlife Read more

Tamarin Conservationist Celebrates ‘Small Happy Endings’

August 24, 2017

Five years ago, two other biologists and I started dreaming about developing a conservation and research program to protect Silvery-brown Tamarin populations living in degraded habitats in Colombia. In order to make this idea reality, we wrote a strategic plan and a logical framework with our overall goal, project purpose, expected outcomes and activities to Read more

Between the Stripes Part III: Unlocking the Rabbit’s Mysteries

August 17, 2017

The first time I saw a photo of the Annamite Striped Rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi) on the Internet, it was the distinguished tiger-striped fur that caught my attention. At that moment, I didn’t imagine that I would have an opportunity to conduct research on the species, or even maybe have a chance to encounter it in Read more

Turtle Protector Peter Paul van Dijk Honored with Prestigious Conservation Award

August 10, 2017

GWC Associate Conservation Scientist Peter Paul van Dijk is a bona fide “turtle man” and now he has a fitting accolade to go with the title. At a banquet during the annual Symposium on Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles last night, August 9, van Dijk received the prestigious Behler Turtle Conservation Award Read more

Rainforest regeneration: New hope for Indio Maíz

July 26, 2017

Two hours up the fast-flowing Indian river, our boats were forced to stop in the driving rain by a fallen tree blocking the channel. Debris from Hurricane Otto back in November 2016 was rapidly piling up behind it and I thought our journey into Nicaragua’s Indio Maíz Biological Reserve was over. Quickly though, my traveling Read more

Not All Sharks

July 23, 2017

How can we change the villainous portrayal of sharks? Perhaps it can start with a tweet… Since the dawn of modern entertainment sharks have been an icon of crippling fear, imminent death and absolute terror. Even before Jaws really set the stage for the gratuitous shark attack genre, b-list island-themed films in the ‘50s used Read more