- Mongabay’s new staff writer covering conservation technology joins the podcast to discuss this fast-growing field.
- Abhishyant “Abhi” Kidangoor has joined the newsroom after working as a reporter for Time in Hong Kong and New York, covering subjects from COVID-19 to the Hong Kong protests of 2019.
- From AI to eDNA, remote sensing and bioacoustics, Abhi discusses the range of conservation technology topics he’s tackling and what stories have surprised him the most.
This week on the podcast, Mongabay’s newest staff writer Abhishyant Kidangoor, with experience covering health, climate change, and the environment in South Asia, joins to discuss his new focus on conservation technology.
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Abhi first cut his teeth on conservation technology for Mongabay as a fellow under the Sue Palminteri Wildtech Fellowship in 2022. There he gained an appreciation and fascination for conservation technology and its many applications. In this episode of the Newscast, he discusses new stories he’s working on related to tracking shark births, bioacoustics, and even AI.
No stranger to rigorous reporting before joining Mongabay, Abhi produced work for Time while living in Hong Kong, covering the protests that occurred in 2019 and 2020. “In retrospect, I can confidently say that was definitely a turning point in Hong Kong’s political history,” he says. However, it did not come without its challenges. “We were teargassed…it was difficult to get people to talk. Security was a big concern.”
Additionally, Abhi spent considerable time documenting the fight against COVID-19 in India. In particular, he covered the story of 1 million women healthcare workers who were drafted and sent to rural villages across the nation to serve on the frontlines, where they also struggled to attain livable wages.
In his spare time, Abhi has a passion for hiking and mentions that Hong Kong has some of the most beautiful hiking trails he’s ever seen: while notably one of the densest urban environments in the world, it is still surrounded by lush vegetation and steep mountainsides with much wildlife and many trails.
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Banner Image: Conservation technology and wildlife manager, Eleanor Flatt, installs a GSM camera trap in the forests protected and managed by Osa Conservation. Image by Marco Molina.