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

Q&A with GWC’s new Chief Operating Officer

June 27, 2017

This spring we welcomed Alex Quintero to the GWC team as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Alex is responsible for the day-to-day administration and operations of GWC, which includes the areas of finance, accounting, human resources, fundraising, facilities and general administration. Prior to joining GWC, Alex worked for The Nature Conservancy for 18 Read more

Q&A with GWC’s new social media manager

June 20, 2017

Cat Kutz is the new voice behind GWC’s social media. As the social media manager, she focuses on producing and curating exciting and engaging content to spread the word about GWC’s important mission and to inspire followers to become conservationists and wildlife champions. Prior to joining GWC, Cat worked as the media production manager for Read more

Q&A with Jessa Garibay (winner of the 2016 Sabin Amphibian Conservation Prize)

May 19, 2017

In 2016, Jessa Garibay, project manager at the Centre for Sustainability, helped lead a team of partners to successfully secure Palawan’s largest critical habitat designation to protect one of the world’s most irreplaceable areas for unique and threatened wildlife. Cleopatra’s Needle Critical Habitat safeguards 100,000 acres of forest and a diverse community of wildlife, including Read more

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

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