Sumatran Rhino (Photo by Barney Long)

World Rhino Day: Extinction is Forever

September 21, 2016

I never want to be associated with extinction. But unfortunately, we simply don’t win every conservation battle. My first-ever encounter with a rhino was a skeleton of a Sumatran Rhino laying by the bent sapling and wire noose that had entrapped and killed this magnificent beast. This moment profoundly changed my life and I’ve been Read more

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Smile: Pallas’ Cats on Candid Camera (Traps)

September 8, 2016

“What’s not to like about these cats?” GWC Program Manager of Wild Cat Conservation Jim Sanderson asks of the Pallas’ Cat. “And look at that habitat,” he adds, looking at rare footage of the felines from Felid TAG. Jim is headed to Russia for a Pallas’ Cat meeting in Novosibirsk, Russia (in Siberia) on Sept. Read more

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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

The Pan-American highway cuts through this vast wilderness and poses a serious threat to the tapir populaton. In 2015 alone, 9 tapirs were known to be killed after getting struck by vehicles. Signs along the roadway warn  motorists of the risk of collisions with tapirs, but more must be done to mitigate the problem.

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

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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

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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

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Bravery is not enough

July 26, 2016

(Photo by Barney Long) 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 Read more

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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

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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