Q&A with Gerardo Garcia, Winner of the 2018 Sabin Amphibian Conservation Prize

June 11, 2018

Gerardo Garcia has been on the leading edge of recovering endangered amphibians, reptiles, fishes and invertebrates for over two decades. In the early 1990s he was instrumental in the recovery program for the Mallorcan Midwife Toad of Spain, a program that brought the species back from Critically Endangered to Vulnerable and is widely hailed as Read more

Q&A with Gamaliel Castañeda, Winner of the 2018 Sabin Turtle Conservation Prize

June 11, 2018

  Gamaliel Castañeda Gaytán and Rosalinda Palomo Ramos are joint awardees of the 2018 Sabin Turtle Prize for their efforts spearheading the study and conservation of some of northern Mexico’s most emblematic turtle species. Gamaliel has studied the Coahuila Box Turtle and other reptiles of the Chihuahuan Desert biome including the Bolson Tortoise. As a Read more

Q&A with Andrés Link, Winner of the 2018 Sabin Primate Conservation Prize

June 11, 2018

Andres Link has spent close to two decades studying the social relations of wild spider monkeys in Colombia and Ecuador, with a focus on how they compete and cooperate. His research has increased our understanding of the effects of habitat degradation and fragmentation on the ecology and population dynamics of neotropical primates. Andres goes beyond Read more

Shifting from biology to sociology: Doing interviews of communities to understand their willingness to protect local wildlife

May 30, 2018

In March 2018, I spent three weeks training a team of staff, graduate, and undergraduate students from Vinh University to conduct community interviews in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam. The goal of the interviews: collect information on whether local residents would be willing to protect wildlife instead of snare it, and under what circumstances they Read more

In Search Of the World’s Smallest Cat

May 29, 2018

The Rusty-spotted Cat is one of the world’s smallest cat species and also one of the most elusive. Setting out camera traps to find them in Girithale, my study site in the north-central province of Sri Lanka, was not going to be an easy task. So I called on the experts: Dr. Jim Sanderson, GWC’s Read more

A Q&A with GWC’s new outreach and events director

May 25, 2018

This spring Laura J. Kay joined our team as GWC’s new outreach and events director. Laura will be working on our major fundraising events, benefits and third-party events that we hold throughout the year to support our conservation mission and engage with our supporters. We spoke to Laura about what she loves about her job and her Read more

Enforcement efforts meet technology: A story of success in the Maya Golden Landscape in Southern Belize

May 1, 2018

By Karla Gabriela Hernández-Aguilar, Christina Garcia and Kamille Pennell, Ya’axché Conservation Trust Toledo District is the southernmost District in the country of Belize. It is the least developed region in the country and features the most pristine forests, majestic rivers, coastal lowland plains, and offshore cayes. Despite its tiny size of 4,649 kilometer squared,, this Read more

Q&A with Nari Shakti Pushkar 2017 Award Winner Purnima Devi Barman

April 25, 2018

On International Women’s Day March 8, 2018, Purnima Devi Barman from Assam, India was awarded the Nari Shakti Purashkar 2017 award for her groundbreaking work with the Greater Adjutant Stork, locally known in India as the Hargila Stork, an Endangered species on the IUCN Red List. The award is the most prestigious civilian accolade in Read more

A Tale of a Forgotten Cat

April 20, 2018

When in search of a Fishing Cat, you have to think like a Fishing Cat. Our search started in December of 2015 and ended, finally, on Feb. 3, 2016. My German colleague and I had come to Nepal’s Sunsari District, a human-dominated landscape, with the financial support of Rufford Small Grants and Wild Oasis, to Read more

GWC is an Earth Optimist because…

April 17, 2018

In 2017, the Smithsonian Institute launched the inaugural Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, D.C.. The summit served as a way to build community and positive thinking during Earth Month; to overshadow the doom-and-gloom rhetoric on our current climate and conservation issues by instead focusing on the positive impacts made around the globe. This year, Earth Read more