Q&A with Ryan Walker (winner of the 2016 Sabin Turtle Conservation Prize)

May 19, 2017

Ryan Walker, a senior ecologist and ecological consultant for several small consultancies, has spent the last few years working with colleagues to determine the limits of the remaining range and distribution of two critically endangered tortoise species—the Spider Tortoise and the Radiated Tortoise—in southern Madagascar. Walker has helped lead efforts to maintain a monitoring program Read more

Before Two Degrees: State Birds Become Sitting Ducks to Climate Change

May 12, 2017

When the Louisiana state legislature declared the Brown Pelican its state bird in 1966, it was not in homage to a flourishing estuarine species, but more a commemoration of a charismatic coastal bird that had become all but a ghost. Two decades of DDT had devastated the population across its range, leaving the birds teetering Read more

Celebrating World Tapir Day

April 26, 2017

As GWC’s tapir expert, it is no secret that I am very much enamored with the planet’s four species of tapir. And although my experience with tapirs was very much a love-at-first-sight type of story, I have also fallen in love with a diversity of species at first sight, including Giant Anteaters, Great Green Macaws, Read more

Mission Critical: GWC Steps Up to Save World’s Last Vaquitas

April 13, 2017

With only about 30 Vaquita porpoises left in the wild, Global Wildlife Conservation has made a significant financial contribution in support of a collaborative and ambitious emergency rescue plan to save the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The emergency plan calls for capturing and relocating Vaquitas to a temporary sanctuary while conservationists join the Mexican Read more

Q&A with GWC’s new comptroller

April 5, 2017

Global Wildlife Conservation has welcomed Reagan Steppe as comptroller, managing the financial operations of GWC, including oversight of investments, cash flow, budgeting, accounting and financial reporting. Reagan began and spent much of her career in finance at Prudential Capital Group before continuing on to manage real estate investments and work in business development both for Read more

Book Review: The Last Unicorn by William deBuys

March 31, 2017

Embarking on a treacherous expedition without any certainty about whether the intrepid team will find any evidence of what it is after—and then writing a book after not finding that evidence—is a risky gamble, but one that pays off in wonderful and unexpected ways in Pulitzer Prize finalist William deBuy’s The Last Unicorn. In The Read more

Q&A with GWC’s new manager of IUCN Red List assessments

March 6, 2017

In January GWC welcomed Jennifer Luedtke to the team as manager of IUCN Red List assessments. Along with GWC Amphibians Red List Officer Kelsey Neam and 22 ARLA Regional Coordinators, Jennifer leads the Global Amphibian Assessment, an initiative that seeks to assess the extinction risk of all known species of frog, toad and caecilian. We Read more

Celebrating Young Voices: Kids Against Animal Poaching

March 1, 2017

Friday, March 3 is World Wildlife Day and this year’s theme is “Listen to the Young Voices.” Fifteen-year-old Emily Walker is one of those young, inspirational voices already making a difference for the world’s wildlife. Ever since I was little, I have always loved animals. When I heard about what was happening to some of the Read more

Devil’s in the Details: Devil Ark Discovers the True Taz

February 28, 2017

When The Looney Tunes Show debuted Taz on its eighth episode, it depicted an animal drawn to chaos and driven by a destructive temper, often resulting in a hurricane-like tailspin. Although clearly a fictional character, these features became the prevailing perception of the entire species. Tasmanian Devils certainly have a chaotic side, biting and scratching Read more

Newly discovered frog species named after GWC’s Robin Moore

February 22, 2017

There’s no doubt about it: Even though Robin Moore’s recent namesake is teeny tiny, it represents a giant honor. Indian amphibian biologist SD Biju recently named one of seven newly discovered frogs after GWC’s communications director: Robin Moore’s Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus robinmoorei). At a mere 12.2-mm, Robin Moore’s Night Frog is one of the smallest Read more