Investing in Nicaragua’s natural heritage

July 25, 2016

Photo: Children colored jaguars after learning about the species in our second Festival for the Conservation of Indio-Maíz in Maravilla, Nicaragua. (Photo courtesy of Fundación del Río) In a spate of recent articles and blogs Nicaragua has been touted as “the next Costa Rica” for ecotourists with a taste for tropical climes. While the country Read more

Birding for Devils Q&A

July 13, 2016

Intrepid birder and Devil Ark founder John Weigel is on the adventure of a lifetime, as he races across North America to beat the American Birding Association’s Big Year record for most bird species found in a single year. He’s up against time, the elements, delayed flights, confused Customs officials and a small group of individuals also out Read more

Search for the Toro pt 2: Local ecological knowledge

July 5, 2016

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientist (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) Due to the elusive nature of the Toro, my colleague, Chris Jordan (Global Wildlife Conservation), and I decided that conducting unstructured interviews with local people would be the best way to find out information on the Toro. I laminated pictures of the raton and Read more

Visiting One of the Last Populations of Geometric Tortoises

June 24, 2016

In early June I traveled to South Africa in search of one of the world’s rarest tortoise species, the Geometric Tortoise (Psammbotes geometricus). It was an emotional experience for a number of reasons. First, this is a species that has captured my imagination since I was a child. Second, I took my son, Max, now 10 years Read more

Searching for the Lost Toro pt 1

June 20, 2016

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientist (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) Many creatures lurk in the forest at night, yet some remain to be seen. The Santa Marta Toro (Santamartamys rufodorsalis) is one of these species. The fuzzy, red, medium-bodied rodent was thought to be extinct for 113 years before being rediscovered in the jungles Read more

Race for the Rainbow Toad

May 26, 2016

The first time I heard about the International Bornean Frog Race, I had visions of crowds cheering on Freddie and Frida as they hopped down a frog-track in a bid to beat their amphibious competitor. It was with great relief and excitement that I learned that it is not, in fact, a race among frogs, Read more

Q&A with Arturo Muñoz (co-winner of the 2015 Sabin Amphibian Conservation Prize)

May 25, 2016

When the Critically Endangered Titicaca Water Frog began to decline precipitously, Arturo Muñoz and Claudia Cortez–winners of the 2015 Sabin Amphibian Conservation Prize–mobilized quickly, securing funding to bring frogs into a breeding facility. As the regional chairs for the Amphibian Specialist Group Bolivia, Muñoz and Cortez developed an effective conservation plan and successfully lobbied government Read more

Q&A with Dr. Cecília Kierulff (winner of the 2015 Sabin Primate Conservation Prize)

May 25, 2016

Thanks to Cecília Kierulff’s work capturing and translocating Golden-Lion Tamarins to better suited habitat in their natural range in the state of Rio de Janeiro, this flagship species has gone from an IUCN red list classification of critically endangered to endangered. When Kierulff conducted the first-ever population estimate for Golden-Lion Tamarin, she counted a mere Read more

Q&A with Dr. Sabine Schoppe (winner of the 2015 Sabin Turtle Conservation Prize)

May 25, 2016

Since the rediscovery of the Palawan Pond Turtle in 2003, Dr. Sabine Schoppe has been researching and conserving this rare species. In June 2015, Schoppe, who is director of the Philippine Freshwater Turtle Conservation Program, led the rehabilitation and repatriation efforts for more than 3,900 Palawan pond turtles after they were confiscated from a trader’s Read more