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

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

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

Race for the Rainbow Toad

May 26, 2016

The first time I heard about the International Bornean Frog Race, I had visions of crowds cheering on Freddie and Frida as they hopped down a frog-track in a bid to beat their amphibious competitor. It was with great relief and excitement that I learned that it is not, in fact, a race among frogs, Read more

Confronting the ghost of the saola

September 4, 2015

After six hours of hiking through the jungle-covered mountains of central Vietnam I had had it. In spades. I was on my last legs, and I let out an audible whoop of joy when we finally came to our destination. We stumbled into the remote Katu village of Aur and I let my backpack fall—thud!—to Read more

Salamanders of the Cuchumatanes: Lost and found

June 26, 2015

What follows is a firsthand account of a 2014 expedition in search of lost and rare salamanders in Guatemala’s Cuchumatane mountain range by GWC’s Conservation Officer, Robin Moore. “We called it the golden wonder,” says Jeremy Jackson, reminiscing about a salamander that he was the first, and last, to find in the wild 38 years Read more