On this episode of the Mongabay Newscast, we welcome Mongabay contributing editor Glenn Scherer to the program. Glenn is responsible for Mongabay’s “Almost Famous Animals” series, which just wrapped up its second year with a focus on little-known Asian wildlife.
While some conservationists argue that protecting charismatic species like tigers, rhinos, and orangutans will also lead to the protection of less widely known species such as pangolins, langurs, and the Malayan tapir, that has not always been found to be the case. Many lesser known species often fall through the cracks.
The Almost Famous series was created in the hope that familiarity will help generate concern and action for these under-appreciated species. Glenn tells us all about how species get selected for coverage and his favorite animals profiled in the series so far.
We also feature another installment of our Field Notes segment on this episode of the Newscast. Luca Pozzi, an evolutionary primatologist at the University of Texas, San Antonio, recently helped establish a new genus of galagos, or bushbabies, found in southeastern Africa.
We play some calls made by galagos in the wild, and Luca explains how those recordings aid in our scientific knowledge about wildlife. (We also play the call of a new species of bushbaby announced around the same time as the new genus, the Angolan dwarf galago.)
Here are links to this episode’s top news:
- Proposed Trump policy threatens Critically Endangered Grauer’s gorilla
- Newly discovered gecko loses scales in ‘really bizarre’ behavior
- Survival of nearly 10,000 orangutans in Borneo oil palm estates at stake
- Environmental lawyer killed in the Philippines
- Climate change impacts on birds and mammals much more prevalent than reported
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