Rainforest regeneration: New hope for Indio Maíz

July 26, 2017

Two hours up the fast-flowing Indian river, our boats were forced to stop in the driving rain by a fallen tree blocking the channel. Debris from Hurricane Otto back in November 2016 was rapidly piling up behind it and I thought our journey into Nicaragua’s Indio Maíz Biological Reserve was over. Quickly though, my traveling Read more

All the Way Up (Almost)

July 20, 2017

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientists (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) It started as most field expeditions start: I forgot to bring something important—my camera lens. We were hiking to 3,500+ meters, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so why prioritize my camera? After a frustrating day preparing for the expedition and trying to navigate the language barriers, Read more

Finding Hope in a Hurricane’s Aftermath

June 23, 2017

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Otto, a Category 2 hurricane that barreled through southeast Nicaragua’s Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, much of the landscape seemed almost desolate at first glance. I saw Howler Monkeys being picked apart by vultures and the lifeless, desiccated bodies of Three-toed Sloths still clutching to the branches of leafless trees. 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

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

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

From the Field: Hurricane Otto Tears Through Indio Maíz

December 12, 2016

I have spent the last few years helping protect Nicaragua’s Indio Maíz Biological Reserve in collaboration with the indigenous Rama and afro-descendant Kriol communities who call it home. I have spent many months in Indio Maíz researching its flora and fauna, countless hours in meetings and negotiations with authorities to change their meager commitment to Read more

Tamaraw Adventures

November 23, 2016

It’s blazing hot, the mountains are steep, and with every crest comes another. We drop our packs atop a crest, gulp back some water, then start to enjoy the amazing vista that had seemed so daunting just seconds before. We all gaze at the beauty of our surroundings listening to the beating of our hearts Read more

On the Lookout for Pallas’ Cats in Sailugem National Park

September 30, 2016

It took two days for me and small cat conservationist Anya Barashkova and our colleagues to drive from Novosibirsk, Siberia, to the new extension to Sailugem National Park on the border between Russia and Mongolia. In addition to doing an interview with local TV, we checked previously set camera traps and set up additional camera traps Read more