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Audio: Indonesian rainforests for sale and bat calls of the Amazon

This episode of the Mongabay Newscast takes a look at our new investigative series, “Indonesia for Sale,” and also features a new acoustic study of Amazonian bats.

We recently published the first installment of a new investigative series Mongabay is doing in collaboration with The Gecko Project. The series is called “Indonesia For Sale,” and the first article looks at the land deals — and the powerful politicians and businessmen behind them — that paved the way for the explosion of industrial agriculture Indonesia has seen in recent decades.

Mongabay’s Indonesia-based editor Phil Jacobson joined the Newscast in our Brooklyn-based studio to tell us all about this important reporting project — last year he appeared on the Newscast to discuss the impacts of climate change on the Mekong Delta.

Then we speak with Adrià López-Baucells, a PhD student in bat ecology and conservation whose acoustic studies of bats in the central Amazon document the effects of forest fragmentation on bat foraging behavior. In this Field Notes segment, López-Baucells plays some of the recordings and explains how these recordings have led to new species being found in the central Amazon for the first time.

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Indonesia’s Tanjung Puting National Park contains one of the the largest and most concentrated populations of orangutans left in the wild, but the area has been heavily targeted for its ramin and ironwood trees. Photo courtesy of Tom Johnson for The Gecko Project.

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