Month of the Fish Tiger

April 9, 2018

February is the second month of the year, the shortest month of the year…and did you know that it is the month of the…fish tiger? Fishing Cats—called Machbagha (Mach=fish, Bagha=tiger-like) in parts of West Bengal—are neighbors to a few civilizations around the world that have thrived in the laps of the mighty rivers of South Read more

Tapir Tracks Pave Path for Effective Conservation

March 30, 2018

An old man paces the lowland forests of Nicaragua’s Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. He’s a great swimmer, loves eating palm leaves and fruit, weighs in at around 500 pounds and can be a bit of a tease. His name is Almuk, a Baird’s Tapir who for the last year has deftly eluded a team of Read more

Last refuge of the Javan Rhinos

March 29, 2018

In 1883, the volcano Krakatau erupted off the coast of Java in Indonesia in an explosion heard more than 3,000 miles away. Tsunamis devastated nearby coastal areas and communities, and the peninsula of Ujung Kulon was reduced to a swampy, malaria-ridden, uninhabitable wilderness. Who would have thought that such devastation could actually save a species? Read more

A Javan Rhino Encounter in Ujung Kulon

March 28, 2018

In the dense bamboo, palm and rattan jungle, a browsing rhino can be heard some distance away. From our rickety viewing platform a few meters from a wallow, we listened intently as the crashes and snaps passed us by then started coming slowly toward us. The light was fading when, through the mess of vegetation Read more

A Q&A with GWC’s new office manager

March 26, 2018

This year Jill Lucena joined our team as GWC’s new office manager. Jill ensures that everything runs smoothly in the office of GWC’s Chief Conservation Officer Russ Mittermeier. She manages the distribution and sales of several book series, including the CEMEX Nature Series, GWC-produced field guides and pocket guides and the IUCN Primate Specialist Group Read more

Fishing Cat Spotted in Indonesia?

March 2, 2018

Even as conservationists have started to fear that the Fishing Cat is extirpated from Indonesia, new footage, though inconclusive, has renewed hope that the species may not yet have vanished from Southeast Asia. The likely last sighting of a wild fishing cat in Java was before 1990. Over the past 15 years, researchers have placed Read more

Fishing Cat February: Shifting Attitudes in Nepal’s Bara District

February 26, 2018

It had been at least 35 days out in Nepal’s Parsa National Park at Halkhoria Lake and my student Sashank Sharma and I had not spotted any evidence of our species of interest, the Fishing Cat. We had been checking and re-checking our camera traps, which were recording 24 hours a day, and had found Read more

Q&A with GWC’s New Operations Associate

February 21, 2018

Tinisha Hancock recently joined GWC’s team as our new operations associate, managing the financial transactions and facilitating daily GWC operations. Tinisha learned about finance and accounting while on a winding road toward earning a Ph.D. in biology, where she focused on microbial ecology. Her goal at GWC is to bring a love of science and Read more

A Green Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

February 12, 2018

Love is in the air! But in the sea, there’s tons and tons (specifically up to 13 metric tons) of plastic. It’s an unfortunate circumstance–but one we can start remedying now. One way is by improving how we celebrate holidays, which usually have a massive environmental footprint. For example, Valentine’s Day can be the epitome Read more