- In 2017 Mongabay published more than 1,300 stories in English (and over 4,100 across all languages).
- We averaged 2.7 million monthly visitors to our news content this year.
- Total readership amounted to 56 million pageviews.
- Each of our top 10 English stories published in 2017 was written by a different author. We had more than 250 authors during the year.
We published more than 1,300 stories in English in 2017.
Here are our ten most read articles that were published during the year.
John Vidal wrote about his field visit to a massive peatland that was recently discovered in the Congo Basin. Roughly the size of England, the massive peatland is estimated to contain more than 30 billion metric tons of carbon — equivalent to three years of global fossil fuel emissions.
A story by Moushumi Basu was the most read in our popular “Asian rhinos” series in 2017. The article detailed efforts to rescue endangered greater one-horned rhinoceroses (Rhinoceros unicornis) that were swept across the Indo-Nepal border from Nepal’s Chitwan National Park to India’s adjoining Valmiki Tiger Reserve during this year’s monsoon floods.
Benji Jones covered the discovery of a previously unknown species of “fish-scaled” gecko from Madagascar: Gecklolepis megalepis. Fish-scaled geckos are notable for their defense strategy, which involves shedding scales when nabbed by a predator.
Yustinus S. Hardjanto wrote a story on the ecovillage of Merabu for Mongabay-Indonesia’s Forest Guardians series, which profiles local community-managed forest projects. Melati Kaye adapted the post into English.
Gloria Dickie wrote about the ongoing decline of Arctic sea ice, noting that 2017 had the lowest summer ice volume ever recorded.
In June, scientists described two species of reptiles from Sumatra: Lycodon sidiki, a Colubrid snake, and Pseudocalotes baliomus, an agamid lizard. Reza Septian covered the story for Mongabay-Indonesia. Basten Gokkon adapted it into English.
Jeremy Hance‘s feature covered the challenges facing young conservationists, including lack of paid opportunities and high education costs. Hance wrote: “As a result of these trends, the field of conservation may be hemorrhaging passionate, qualified, and innovative young people.”
In July, scientists announced the discovery of a new species of sunfish. They named it Mola tecta — the species name meaning disguised or hidden, since it was only distinguished from other sunfish after DNA analysis. Shreya Dasgupta‘s story on the discovery was the second most popular of 2017.
William H. Funk‘s story about Namibia’s effort to reduce accidental take of seabirds by the fishing industry received over 300,000 pageviews. Namibia has implemented anti-bycatch mechanisms like “bird-scaring” lines which in neighboring South Africa have reduced seabird bycatch by 90 percent.