Conserving tapirs beyond borders

September 6, 2016

The globally endangered Baird’s Tapir is the largest terrestrial mammal in the Americas. Large females can reach 600+ pounds in the proper environment and season. The species ranges from Mexico to Colombia and occurs in a variety of habitats, from the lowland rainforests of Central America’s Caribbean slope to the highland cloud forests of southern Read more

Preserving tapirs in the mysterious mountains of Costa Rica

August 29, 2016

By Laurie Hedges, GWC guest blogger In the highlands of southern Costa Rica lies an extraordinary place. Away from the tropical beaches and steaming jungles, to walk into the mountains of the Cordillera de Talamanca is to enter another world. Mountain peaks soar over 3,000 meters, covered with mist-shrouded cloud forest, contorted stands of oak Read more

Wildlife Championships: Going for Gold

August 16, 2016

Every few years the world comes together to celebrate the superhumans among us, those who can run faster, jump higher, lift more and push the limits of what we believe humans can accomplish. For wildlife around the planet, however, the Olympics are a daily event, as animals excel at performing seemingly impossible feats. Mastering those Read more

Q&A with Jim Sanderson

August 4, 2016

We’re thrilled to introduce GWC’s new program manager of wild cat conservation, Jim Sanderson. Jim’s the founder and director of the Small Wild Cat Conservation Foundation and a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group. His mission is clear: to ensure the survival of small wild cats and their natural habitats worldwide. He does so Read more

Bravery is not enough

July 26, 2016

Op-ed authors Barney Long, Director of Species Conservation, Global Wildlife Conservation Rohit Singh, Enforcement & Capacity Building Specialist, World Wildlife Fund; President, Ranger Federation of Asia Every single day, thousands of men and women put their lives at risk to defend the world’s wildlife, forming the front line against the illegal plunder and destruction of Read more

Update from the field: Search for the Santa Marta Toro

July 26, 2016

I have spent six weeks exploring the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta (SNSM), Colombia. The SNSM is the world’s tallest coastal mountain range and rises from 0 to 5,000 meters in under 50 kilometers. It is a remarkable region known for high levels of biodiversity and endemism. My main objective is to find the elusive Read more

Investing in Nicaragua’s natural heritage

July 25, 2016

Photo: Children colored jaguars after learning about the species in our second Festival for the Conservation of Indio-Maíz in Maravilla, Nicaragua. (Photo courtesy of Fundación del Río) In a spate of recent articles and blogs Nicaragua has been touted as “the next Costa Rica” for ecotourists with a taste for tropical climes. While the country Read more

Birding for Devils Q&A

July 13, 2016

Intrepid birder and Devil Ark founder John Weigel is on the adventure of a lifetime, as he races across North America to beat the American Birding Association’s Big Year record for most bird species found in a single year. He’s up against time, the elements, delayed flights, confused Customs officials and a small group of individuals also out Read more

Search for the Toro pt 2: Local ecological knowledge

July 5, 2016

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientist (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) Due to the elusive nature of the Toro, my colleague, Chris Jordan (Global Wildlife Conservation), and I decided that conducting unstructured interviews with local people would be the best way to find out information on the Toro. I laminated pictures of the raton and Read more

Visiting One of the Last Populations of Geometric Tortoises

June 24, 2016

In early June I traveled to South Africa in search of one of the world’s rarest tortoise species, the Geometric Tortoise (Psammbotes geometricus). It was an emotional experience for a number of reasons. First, this is a species that has captured my imagination since I was a child. Second, I took my son, Max, now 10 years Read more