A Q&A With Romeo and Juliet’s Personal Assistant

April 1, 2019

As the head of conservation breeding for the K’ayra Center at the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny, Sophia Barrón Lavayen is charged with overseeing the care of about 200 frogs and eight species, and ensuring that they have the right conditions to breed. This includes providing care for the K’ayra Center’s celebrity couple, Romeo Read more

Una entrevista con la asistente personal de Romeo y Julieta

April 1, 2019

La encargada de cría en cautiverio del Centro K’ayra del Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny es Sophia Barrón Lavayen, se encarga de supervisar el mantenimiento y cuidado de 200 individuos que incluyen 8 especies de ranas y garantiza que las ranas tengan las condiciones adecuadas para poder reproducirse. Esto incluye el cuidado del bienestar Read more

A Q&A with Wild Cat Photographer Sebastian Kennerknecht

March 18, 2019

“When you are eye to eye with a wild cat, the whole world stops,” wildlife photographer Sebastian Kennerknecht writes on his website. Kennerknecht is a wildlife and conservation photographer—and fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers—who focuses on endangered species, with a particular affinity for wild cats. He has photographed a quarter of the Read more

Rediscovering Wallace’s Giant Bee: In search of Raja Ofu, the king of bees

February 21, 2019

By Clay Bolt, Natural History and Conservation Photographer I first heard the name Alfred Russel Wallace sometime in the early 2000s in an essay by science writer David Quammen. Prior to that, as with so many people, I had never heard of this scruffy, determined insect collector who also happened to co-develop the theory of Read more

A Tale of Two Frogs (And Some of the Biologists Who Love Them)

February 14, 2019

In recent years, amphibian researcher Ignacio De la Riva has been nervous to answer his phone. He’s been afraid to get the worst kind of news for a man who has had a life-long love for and undying commitment to some of Bolivia’s most unique frogs: that Romeo, the last-known Sehuencas Water Frog, had died—and Read more

Finding Hope in Conservation: The Search for a Lost Flying Squirrel

January 21, 2019

By Tom Dando, IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group Conservation optimism can be hard to find in the present climate, however, with a little bit of digging, hope for the natural world can be found in abundance. Rightly, we direct most media attention to focus on the battle to save species on the brink of Read more

The Superheroes of the Squirrel World: Flying Squirrels

January 21, 2019

Say the word “squirrel” and everyone pictures nearly the same thing: bushy tail, buckteeth, ornery personality, and a propensity for burgling their way into people’s birdfeeders. However, there’s another type of squirrel; a more exotic, arguably cooler cousin that lurks like ninjas in the night: the flying squirrels. Nocturnal, big-eyed, and tuft-eared, flying squirrels live Read more

Romeo, oh, Romeo! (Español)

January 15, 2019

Apenas podíamos creer las noticias cuando nuestra amiga Teresa Camacho Badani, jefa del departamento de herpetología del Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny, no s contactó: su equipo de expedición había encontrado a una rana de agua Sehuencas macho en una expedición a un bosque nublado de Bolivia— una especie que ningún biólogo había visto Read more

Romeo, oh, Romeo!

January 15, 2019

We could barely believe the news when our friend Teresa Camacho Badani, the chief of herpetology at the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny, reached out: her expedition team had found a male Sehuencas Water Frog on an expedition to a Bolivian cloud forest—a species that no biologist had seen in the wild in more Read more

Where the (Dwarf) Buffalo Roam: The Future of Mounts Iglit-Baco Natural Park

December 20, 2018

There’s no easy way to see a Tamaraw in the wild, even in the heart of Tamaraw country: Mounts Iglit-Baco Natural Park on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. Barney Long, GWC’s senior director of species conservation describes the 4-hour trek uphill to see the dwarf buffalo as a “bloody difficult walk, even for Read more