Conservation Spotlight Indigenous Communities Wildlife Conservation

Engaging communities to protect orangutans: Interview with Liana Chua

Author: James Fair Conservation efforts have traditionally focused too much on wildlife and not enough on human communities, says social anthropologist Liana Chua. When it comes to orangutans, Chua says indigenous communities in Borneo are unlikely to share the concerns and priorities of international conservation organizations. Killing of orangutans by humans is a major threat to […]

Conservation Spotlight Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Rehabilitation

We train Colombian woolly monkeys to be wild again – and maybe save them from extinction

Woolly monkeys are hard to miss in Colombia’s jungles. Now, they face extinction. Top Photo Credit: Mónica Ramírez Authors: Mónica Alejandra Ramírez, Universidad de los Andes ; Manuel Lequerica Tamara, University of Sydney, and Pablo Stevenson, Universidad de los Andes Colombia’s Andes Mountains used to be loaded with wildlife, including South America’s sole bear species, […]

Amphibians and Reptiles Conservation Spotlight Herpetology Species Loss

Saving amphibians from a deadly fungus means acting without knowing all the answers

Pictured above: A male boreal toad waits for opportunities to mate near a Colorado mountain lake. Photo by Brittany Mosher, CC BY-ND Article by: Brittany A. Mosher, Colorado State University; Brian Gerber, University of Rhode Island, and Larissa Bailey, Colorado State University The calls of frogs on warm nights in the spring are a welcome […]

Conservation Spotlight

Getting there: The rush to turn the Amazon into a soy transport corridor

The Amazon’s rivers once were sufficient for commerce; now international commodities traders want to build roads, railways and industrial waterways thru the Amazon’s heart. By Sue Branford and Maurício Torres Top photo by Mauricio Torres: The Bunge commodities terminal in Miritituba on the Tapajós River. Tapajós basin fishermen have complained that the Miritituba port has polluted […]

Conservation Spotlight Pet Trade Species Loss

200,000 of Peru’s primates trafficked for pet trade or bushmeat yearly

Estimates show that the illegal domestic and international trade in Peruvian primates is dramatically diminishing threatened primate species. By Mrinalini Erkenswick Watsa. This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com. (Republished under Published underCreative Commons BY-NC-ND). Peru has 71 primate species, 8 of which are endemic — all are at risk from trafficking; hunters often target the most endangered […]