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

Q&A with GWC’S new Director of Key Biodiversity Areas and Species Assessment

February 16, 2017

Last year GWC became one of 11 organizations to join the Key Biodiversity Area Partnership aimed at identifying, mapping, monitoring and conserving the most important sites for species and ecosystems on earth. That’s why we were especially excited to bring on board this year our new director of key biodiversity areas and species assessment, Dr. Read more

Camera Traps Set to Unlock Pu Mat National Park’s Mysteries

February 14, 2017

In July 2016, I traveled with a colleague of mine, An The Truong Nguyen, to Pu Mat National Park (NP), a protected area in a remote corner of north-central Vietnam. Pu Mat NP is believed to be one of the best places in Vietnam for rare and endangered Annamite endemic mammals. It was here that Read more

Q&A With GWC’s New Data and Metrics Manager

February 11, 2017

In January we were thrilled to welcome our new data and metrics manager, Carrie Stengel, to Global Wildlife Conservation’s growing team. Carrie visualizes programmatic and species conservation data for a range of purposes and audiences. She will help GWC focus on creating efficient systems of collecting monitoring and evaluation data to determine and track conservation Read more

Q&A With GWC’s New Director of Protected Area Management

January 30, 2017

This month we welcomed Mike Appleton to the GWC team as GWC’s director of protected area management. Mike focuses on applied, area-based conservation, building on scientific findings to achieve conservation results on the ground. This includes helping governments identify and establish protected areas, creating legal frameworks and systems of governance, developing management strategies and plans, Read more

Q&A with Big Year Record Holder John Weigel

January 19, 2017

In 2016, Devil Ark board member and GWC collaborator John Weigel twitched and ticked through North America trying to break the record for most birds seen in a year. He was Birding for Devils, raising awareness and funds for Devil Ark. Not only did he shatter the former record by 34 birds, but he beat Read more

The End of My Big Year of Birding (for Devils)

January 18, 2017

Well, it’s over. Seemingly five busy years somehow compressed into 366 tumultuous days. My one and only tilt at an ABA Big Year ‘belt’ is over, a fact that is only beginning to sink in, though I’ve been home for two weeks while the 2016 road dust has slowly settled. It was a year that Read more

New camera trap images peer into hidden world of the Annamites

January 10, 2017

On its face a camera trap is a simple device: a camera, connected to a sensor, that takes a picture when the sensor detects movement. But this simple creation has revolutionized wildlife surveys, and nowhere more so than in tropical rainforests, where animals are often rare, difficult to observe and elusive. These “eyes in the Read more

Power to the Forests of Palawan

December 16, 2016

Flashback to January 2014: For someone born and raised in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, it was my first time to hear of a mountain called Cleopatra’s Needle. As a typical Palaweño, I only knew of the famous sites such as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (Underground River), and the Tubbataha Reefs National Park and Read more