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

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

Searching for the Lost Toro pt 1

June 20, 2016

By Nikki Roach, GWC associate conservation scientist (re-purposed from Nikki’s blog) Many creatures lurk in the forest at night, yet some remain to be seen. The Santa Marta Toro (Santamartamys rufodorsalis) is one of these species. The fuzzy, red, medium-bodied rodent was thought to be extinct for 113 years before being rediscovered in the jungles Read more