The Gateway Plastic

October 19, 2017

My husband always says that no one likes to be “should upon.” You know–“you should do this,” “we should do that.” I hate to admit it, but he’s right. In general, people reject being told what to do, myself included. So how do you tell people to clean up their act in order to save Read more

From Words to Visuals: Re-thinking the Protected Area Management Plan

October 18, 2017

Protected area plans are often long, complex documents that may just end up sitting on the shelves and unused. Over the coming weeks, GWC aims to take a novel approach to the standard protected area plan by developing a plan that is entirely visual, transcending language barriers and accessible to anyone who stands to gain Read more

T-shirt Benefits Hippie Monkeys

October 17, 2017

Darwin wrote in The Voyage of the Beagle at length about his first impressions upon observing the preponderance of life in Brazil’s forests, saying, “delight itself, however, is a weak term to express the feelings of a naturalist who, for the first time, has wandered by himself in a Brazilian forest.” It’s pretty clichéd to Read more

Boar, Bear, Bird and Bat: Maintaining Healthy Forests in Nepal

October 16, 2017

The relationships between animals, plants, their habitat, humans and the planet as a whole are complex and we are only starting to understand these connections. What is clear, however, is that wildlife play a key role in maintaining the health of their forest habitats, even in helping to restore a forest after natural processes threaten Read more

A Bean in Borella

October 13, 2017

I had just finished a pleasant—no, horrible—5k on the most hated machine of any oarswoman/man, the erg, when my phone started lighting up like a malfunctioning Christmas light. It was fellow GWC associate conservation scientist and Small Cat Advocacy & Research (SCAR) co-founder Ashan on the other end, informing me about a kitten that was Read more

Bringing together experts for South Asian small mammal conservation

September 15, 2017

Small mammals serve as pollinators, seed dispersers and, as prey species, also help maintain populations of reptiles, birds, small cats, small carnivores and even large carnivores. For example, marmots, squirrels and rodents (including porcupines) make up a large part of the diet of Snow Leopards, Leopards and wolves. Small mammals are also very good indicator Read more

Youth Camp for Sri Lanka’s Future Conservationists

September 14, 2017

It was another rainy morning for Kandy City in this monsoon season. But there was something special about today because it was the first day of our annual youth camp program, which was organized through GWC partner Small Cat Advocacy & Research. These programs were first started in 2014 for university students interested in wildlife Read more

Tamarin Conservationist Celebrates ‘Small Happy Endings’

August 24, 2017

Five years ago, two other biologists and I started dreaming about developing a conservation and research program to protect Silvery-brown Tamarin populations living in degraded habitats in Colombia. In order to make this idea reality, we wrote a strategic plan and a logical framework with our overall goal, project purpose, expected outcomes and activities to Read more

Between the Stripes Part III: Unlocking the Rabbit’s Mysteries

August 17, 2017

The first time I saw a photo of the Annamite Striped Rabbit (Nesolagus timminsi) on the Internet, it was the distinguished tiger-striped fur that caught my attention. At that moment, I didn’t imagine that I would have an opportunity to conduct research on the species, or even maybe have a chance to encounter it in Read more

Turtle Protector Peter Paul van Dijk Honored with Prestigious Conservation Award

August 10, 2017

GWC Associate Conservation Scientist Peter Paul van Dijk is a bona fide “turtle man” and now he has a fitting accolade to go with the title. At a banquet during the annual Symposium on Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles last night, August 9, van Dijk received the prestigious Behler Turtle Conservation Award Read more