tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:/xml/mark%20szotek1 mark szotek news from mongabay.com 2013-07-03T14:00:11Z tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11693 2013-06-30T21:54:00Z 2013-07-03T14:00:11Z Saving the Raja of India's grasslands: new efforts to conserve the Critically Endangered Great Indian Bustard <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0630.gib.photo.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Great Indian Bustard, one of India's iconic birds, once ranged across most of the Indian subcontinent. Due to a variety of factors, however, the Great Indian Bustard is also now India's rarest bird and faces imminent extinction. The following is an interview with Ramki Sreenivasan, co-founder of Conservation India, a group that recently petitioned the Rajasthan Chief Minister to kick start "Project Bustard." Jeremy Hance 27.352253 76.505127 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11436 2013-05-15T17:37:00Z 2013-05-18T04:38:43Z How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature - An interview with Mark Tercek <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/13/0515tercek150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>In 2008, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) surprised the conservation world when it selected Mark Tercek, an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, as its new president and CEO. For people familiar with Tercek, however, the move made perfect sense: he was a leading figure in Goldman's efforts to pursue new environmental policies. While at the helm of TNC, Mark Tercek has continued his focus on ecosystem services or attributing economic value to nature. In his new book, Nature’s Fortune, Mark discusses the fruit of this work. Rhett Butler 38.882748 -77.112308 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/11098 2013-03-25T16:09:00Z 2013-03-28T11:43:03Z Forging zoos into global conservation centers, an interview with Cristian Samper, head of WCS <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/mongabay-images/13/0325.cristian.samper.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is one of the world's leading environmental organizations. Founded in 1895 (originally as the New York Zoological Society), the WCS manages 200 million acres of wild places around the globe, with over 500 field conservation projects in 65 countries, and 200 scientists on staff. The WCS also runs five facilities in New York City: the Central Park Zoo, the New York Aquarium, Prospect Park and Queens Zoos, and the world renowned Bronx Zoo. Jeremy Hance 40.850201 -73.878519 tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10617 2012-12-26T02:32:00Z 2012-12-27T13:50:29Z Making the connection: environmentalism as a family value <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/1226isenhart150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Passing values from one generation to the next is a central theme for most families. For career conservationists, Chip and Jill Isenhart, passing along a passion for the environment to their children took more than just lectures, and their efforts offer insights into furthering the cause of global environmental education. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/10585 2012-12-17T21:20:00Z 2012-12-19T06:18:48Z From catastrophic to the sustainable: the flight of the Amur Falcon <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://mongabay-images.s3.amazonaws.com/12/1217-01-perched-amur-falcon150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>It is said that the price of 'freedom and justice' is constant vigilance. It seems the same can be said of conservation and sustainability in our ever changing world. In a story and allegory appropriate for many of the challenges that face our global environment, two Indian conservation champions, Shashank Dalvi and Ramki Sreenivasan (both protégés and associates of famed conservation leader, Dr Ullas Karanth of the WCS India), have stepped to work with a host of international and local interests to help save one species of beleaguered bird, the Amur Falcon of Eurasia. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9936 2012-07-30T16:07:00Z 2012-08-01T05:51:18Z Interview with the new CEO of The GEF, the world's largest funder of environmental projects <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/12/0730ishii150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Global Environment Facility or 'GEF' unites 182 government members, in partnership with multiple international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector, with the goal of addressing global environmental issues. The following is an interview with Dr. Naoko Ishii of Japan, who was recently elected as the new CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, by the unanimous decision of the GEF's governing council. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/9544 2012-05-21T16:08:00Z 2012-05-22T03:15:51Z Charting a new environmental course in China <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/tnc.china.thumb.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) works in more than 30 countries and has projects in all 50 of the United States. The Conservancy has over one million members, and has protected more than 119 million acres of wild-lands and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. TNC has taken an active interest in China, the world's most populated nation, and in many important ways, a critical center of global development. The following is an interview with multiple directors of The Nature Conservancy's China Program. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8721 2011-11-28T19:06:00Z 2011-11-30T01:34:02Z Interview with conservation legend, Richard Leakey <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/1128leakey150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Following in his family's footsteps, Dr. Richard Leakey, is considered the heir to the scientific legacy of his parents, Louis and Mary Leakey, icons in the field of paleoanthropology. Dr Richard Leakey has been credited with some of the field's most successful paleoanthropologic finds, including a near complete, groundbreaking, Homo Erectus fossil dubbed 'Turkana Boy'. The scientific contributions of the Leakey family have reshaped our views of the origins of mankind and shed new light on the history and shared ties of the human family. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8649 2011-11-07T19:49:00Z 2011-11-08T22:51:55Z Aloha, and welcome to the planet's extinction capital <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/1107hawaii01_150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Hawaii evokes images of a tropical paradise where fragrant flowers, vivid colors, exotic plants, birds, and fish abound. Unfortunately, much of Hawaii's original native flora and fauna has disappeared since the arrival of Europeans in the 18th Century. Hawaii now has the dubious distinction as having become the planet’s extinction capital, having lost more than 55 endemic species (mostly native forest birds) which account for nearly one third of recorded of bird extinctions since the 1700s. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/8464 2011-09-28T16:44:00Z 2012-09-12T21:17:20Z Group pushes entrepreneurship model for conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/wcn.knowlescheetah.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving their natural habitats. This group supports innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive. This year the group celebrates it's ten year anniversary. The WCN Expo is October 1st and 2nd, 2011. The following is an interview with Charles Knowles, the WCN's Executive Director and co-founder. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7877 2011-05-17T17:28:00Z 2011-05-17T18:24:53Z Down to 50, conservationists fight to save Javan Rhino from extinction <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/10-Mom-and-baby---camera-trap---WWF-m.150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Earlier this year, the International Rhino Foundation launched Operation Javan Rhino to prevent the extinction of the critically endangered Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), formerly found in rain forests across Southeast Asia. Operation Javan Rhino is a multi-layered project which links field conservation, habitat restoration, and management efforts with the interests of local governments and communities. The following is an interview with Susie Ellis, Executive Director of the International Rhino Foundation. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7323 2011-01-23T21:12:00Z 2011-01-26T18:27:02Z Can entrepreneurial insights save the Masai Mara? <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/11/0123aj150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>At the epicenter of East Africa’s Great Migration, the Masai Mara of Southern Kenya hosts one of the world's great wildlife spectacles, as herds of over two million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle congregate in search of fresh grazing brought by the annual rains. Yet, even here in one of the world's great wild places, modern man casts a long shadow, and the Mara Ecosystem is degenerating under the pressures of uncontrolled tourism, divisive local politics, and the burgeoning population growth of the local Maasai people. Working to reverse what seems to many conservationists a hopeless trend for the area, a champion of the Masai Mara has emerged in AJ Patel, founder of the Hasla Mara Wildlife Conservation Foundation. Building a career as a successful entrepreneur and civic leader in San Francisco Bay Area's Silicon Valley, AJ now focuses his considerable business experience and skills for the cause of global wildlife conservation Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/7018 2010-11-08T17:36:00Z 2010-11-08T18:06:56Z Flight of the Monarchs Reveals Environmental Connections across a Continent <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/toone.girl.150.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>As autumn settles across North America, one hallmark of the season is the gentle southward flight of the Monarch Butterflies as they migrate towards the forests that shelter their species during the winter months. Unfortunately, as with other forests across the planet, the Monarch's "over- wintering grounds" in Mexico are suffering from increased human pressures. An innovative conservation group called the ECOLIFE Foundation has stepped up to help safeguard the Monarch's winter forests, and in the process discovered that addressing the Monarch's plight came only after uncovering connections that bind us all. The following article is an interview with Bill Toone, the Executive Director of ECOLIFE. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6844 2010-09-30T23:55:00Z 2012-09-12T21:16:49Z Hope remains for India's wild tigers, says noted tiger expert <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/0930ullas150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>As 2010 marks 'The Year of the Tiger' in many Asian cultures, there has been global interest in the long-term viability of tiger populations in the wilds of Asia. Due to increasing pressures on remaining tiger habitats and a surge in demand for tiger parts from traditional medicine trades, many conservation experts consider the current outlook for wild tiger populations bleak. Dr Ullas Karanth of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) India does not share this view. He believes that a collaboration of global and local interests can secure a future for tigers in the wild. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6565 2010-08-03T09:07:00Z 2010-08-03T16:53:39Z Endangered Animals: 10 Reasons for Hope <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/panda.zoo.thumb.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>Earlier last month the Zoological Society of San Diego launched two far reaching media and development projects which showcase the Zoo's extensive global field conservation programs. Mongabay had the opportunity to attend the launch ceremony of the Zoo's new 'Global Action Team' and the accompanying 'Ten Reasons for Hope' campaign. While at this event, we spoke with Alan Lieberman, Director of Regional Conservation Programs, about the development of both projects. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/6544 2010-07-26T18:51:00Z 2010-07-27T12:45:14Z On the Road with Dr. Laurie Marker: Reflections on Conservation in the Media Age <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/cheetah2.thumb.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>Earlier this year, mongabay.com had the opportunity to interview world-renown conservationist Dr. Laurie Marker, Executive Director and Founder of the Namibia-based Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). Dr. Marker had just received the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement from the University of Southern California and was traveling throughout the US on one of her many international public relations tours. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5954 2010-04-12T16:58:00Z 2010-04-12T18:54:03Z Jane Goodall renews her faith in nature and humanity during the "Gombe 50" anniversary, An interview with Dr. Jane Goodall <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/j/goodall_gombe.thumbnail.jpg " align="left"/></td></tr></table>2010 marks a monumental milestone for the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and its founder, Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE. Fifty years ago, Goodall, who is today a world-renowned global conservation leader, first set foot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in what is now Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. The chimpanzee behavioral research she pioneered at Gombe has produced a wealth of scientific discovery, and her vision has expanded into a global mission 'to empower people to make a difference for all living things.' Time, however, has not stood still for Gombe. The wild chimps of the area have suffered as the local human population has swelled. Gombe National Park is now a forest fragment, a 35-square-kilometer island of habitat isolated in a sea of subsistence farming. Because the problems facing Gombe—unsustainable land practices, overpopulation, and a cycle of poverty—are typical of many other areas, lessons learned by Dr. Goodall and her team provide valuable insights for solutions at Gombe and beyond. Jeremy Hance tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5657 2010-02-14T02:05:00Z 2010-02-14T16:45:11Z The Critically Endangered South China Tiger Roars Again in 2010, the Chinese Year of the Tiger <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/0214tiger150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Today marks the Chinese New Year for 2010, and the start of the traditional Year of the Tiger. The people of China might be celebrating future Years of the Tigers without their native and critically endangered South China Tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) if not for the efforts of Save China's Tigers (SCT) a grassroots conservation effort headed by the charismatic Li Quan and her husband Stuart Bray. Both Ms Quan and Mr. Bray are former senior executives in international business circles. After leaving the corporate world, Ms Quan and Mr. Bray are now stepping up as champions for China's natural environment, much of which has been lost in the Chinese march towards "The Four Modernizations." Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5605 2010-02-02T23:59:00Z 2010-02-03T01:31:02Z Tales From A Frozen Zoo <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/10/0202lowland_anoa150.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>A "frozen zoo" is a cryonic or "cold storage" facility for the long term preservation of animal and plant genetic material such as skin cells, DNA, sperm, eggs, and embryos. The first facility of this type was developed by San Diego Zoological Society for the study and preservation of genetic material from endangered animal species from across the globe. The following article is a dialog with Dr. Oliver Ryder, Director of Genetics at the San Diego Zoological Society's Institute for Conservation Research, home of the San Diego Zoo’s genetics collection. This piece is intended to read as both an interview and a series of vignettes on the background, goals, and highlights of the San Diego Zoo's genetics collection or "Frozen Zoo" Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/5313 2009-12-16T20:04:00Z 2009-12-16T20:47:13Z Jane Goodall Institute hosts the 'Academy Awards' of conservation <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/1216jgi.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>From the menu that featured organic, local and sustainable vegetarian fare to a celebrity reception on the green carpet, the 2009 Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) Global Leadership Awards Celebration offered a progressive spin on the traditional big Hollywood awards gala. Hosted by Jill St. John and Robert Wagner, with a special musical performance by Ben Harper, celebrity attendees included Rachelle Carson and Ed Begley, Jr., Jim Belushi, Craig Ferguson, Jordana Brewster, Frances Fisher, Betty White, and The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa, mayor of Los Angeles (also the winner of the 2009 Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award for Excellence in Public Policy). This article is an interview with Mary Norman, senior vice president for development at the Jane Goodall Institute in Arlington, Va. Ms. Norman and her team are the force behind the Jane Goodall Institute Global Leadership Awards Celebration. Rhett Butler tag:news.mongabay.com,2005:Article/4942 2009-09-10T04:41:00Z 2009-09-10T12:19:00Z Sheikh goes from collector to conservationist in effort to save the world's rarest parrot <table align="left"><tr><td><img src="http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0910spix.jpg" align="left"/></td></tr></table>Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP) is a private conservation and endangered species breeding-center located in the Arabian gulf State of Qatar. Founded by Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al-Thani, the facility focuses on work with threatened antelope and bird species. Although AWWP has had great success with numerous endangered animals, the Preserve is most noted for developing a captive breeding program for the Spix's Macaw, a species of parrot now extinct in the wild and once considered "the world's most endangered bird species." wzthpdc5kq Rhett Butler