education is key to conservation

Education is key to conservation. I think that this is an incredible message worth sharing. It is what I aim to do every time I post on endangeredliving.com, our FB page or my twitter. I want to educate people and teach them about species they may never have heard of, so that they can care. You have to know something exists and that it is in trouble to be able to want it to help it. It is such a basic idea that can get over looked.

So I encourage you to share this photo, to remind people how important it is to learn every day. Keep an open mind and it can lead to a great idea that might just change the world.

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you know you’re a zookeeper when…

A little while back I was working on a paper for a linguistic anthropology class and I reached out to some zoo keepers on Facebook to ask them what some terms were that applied (or had meanings specifically) to zoo keeping. These are some of the terms that they came up with! I provided the definitions. Now keep in mind that every zoo does things just a little bit differently, so don’t be offended if a definition is different from one you may use, just leave it in the comments!

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Bornean residents forced to evacuate

Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, Zulkifli Hasan has stated in a press conference on April 1st that all urban areas on the island of Borneo will be shut down. The reason for this sudden stop of not only the expansion of metropolitan areas, but also to their existence is the Indonesian government’s recent plan to evacuate all citizens currently residing in Indonesian Borneo.

The President of Indonesia

The President of Indonesia

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a map of me

A map of me; exactly what the title says. It’s where I’ve been, where I’m going and where I want to be in my career as a conservationist and budding primatologist. It’s not been easy because I feel like I”m forging ahead on this path completely alone. I am the only primatology student at my undergraduate institution and I am the first in my family to go to college. When I started this journey I knew I had to create this site for a few reasons. Firstly, my love of writing and education. Secondly? I know how hard it is to do with no possible clue on where to go next and that is a terrifying feeling. So, for any young, budding primatologists, if you want to know how I got to where I am or where I’m going, this is for you.

A Map of Me

Green: Field sites I’ve been to

Purple: Education

Red: Home

Yellow: Goal

Click on the picture to visit my interactive map!

what would you take into the field?

As the time draws closer for my first ever extended period in the field as a real-live grownup, I find my self wondering, what on earth do I bring with me? Of course as a girl I wonder what if I need to look nice? Should I bring make-up? Just in case? Maybe follow Mireya Mayor‘s lead and pack a little black dress? But then the outdoors[wo]man in me kicks in and I wonder which parts of my Wilderness First Aid training I’ll need to use… Will I have to splint a leg with branches and a sleeping bag? What about stop a gushing wound? Then I wonder if I’ll end up pulling something Bear Grylls-esc and get stranded away from my camp and have to use nothing but a knife, a lighter and the shirt off my back to survive for days on end while living on the leaves and trying to not get eaten by a lion.

Well most of this stuff probably won’t happen, but now you know what it sounds like in my head! But I was curious after reading Mireya Mayor’s book Pink Boot and a Machete about what kinds of quirky things are useful in a field situation, so I reached out. I asked the Twitterverse what their item they would never be caught without in the field was, which also morphed into, which books do you read in the field. Here are some of the great responses:

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oops!

I’d like to apologize to anyone receiving my blogs by email. I’ve been experimenting with some new graphics that just aren’t working, so if you got a blank blog post, that was why! The publish and preview buttons are a bit to close together! So I am sorry, if you get a stray blank post from me here or there, just disregard them!

everything to know about orangutans

Everything you need to know about orangutans. There are a lot of things, but if you want a quick run down of the species, what they’re like and the troubles they are facing in the wild. Orangutans are critically endangered, as over 50% of the orangutan population has been lost over the last 50 years. This is mainly due to hunting and habitat loss. There are quite a few different organizations working to save the orangutan, most notably OFI which was started by Dr. Birute Galdikas who conducted the first ever long term study of orangutans in 1971. Since then we have learned a lot about orangutans, especially in that they are extensive tool users and they are much more social than previously thought.

Click on the photo for the full infograph! (You won’t regret it!)

Click on the photo for the full infograph

Click on the photo for the full infograph

okapi breeding in dallas

I got to meet up with lead okapi keeper Megan Lumpkin at the Dallas Zoo last week and she told me all about the DZ’s leading okapi breeding program! She was so nice and welcoming and let me see the DZ’s new baby okapi and the process by which they weigh her every morning and I even got to meet their oldest okapi and give her a good ear scratching!

Okapi at the DZ, photo by me

Okapi at the DZ, photo by me

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masoala national park

A little while back I posted about the Aceh Protected Forest, a national park in peril and some ways that it might be improved. But there are still a lot of parks in peril out there, one that especially comes to mind is Masoala National Park in Madagascar. Madagascar has lost 85% of it’s forest to slash and burn farming, but it’s also one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. How can we keep the lemurs leaping through the quickly falling forests of Madagascar? Well I guess you’ll just have to keep reading…

Silky Sifaka, photo from Creative Commons by "Simpsonafotsy"

Silky Sifaka, photo from Creative Commons by “Simpsonafotsy”

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clouded leopard declared extinct

After 13 years of searching, setting up over 1,500 camera traps, baited traps the Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyurahas been declared extinct. This has been suspected for some time, though scientists still held out hope, even though there has not been a confirmed sighting in over 30 years.

A sketch of a Formosan clouded leopard

A sketch of a Formosan clouded leopard

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super bowl animals

Well we’ve made it another year; tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, the sunday where everyone laments that the following monday is not a holiday and the day where many large, burly men run into each other until they’re too concussed to know which way is up. But it’s also the time of the year for America to rely on some odd animals to pick the results of the super bowl, and I must say, they all seem to be leaning in the same direction.

Photo from UnionSquareBlog.org

Photo from UnionSquareBlog.org

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bumblebee dart frog

I am very excited to announce Endangered Living’s first video in our new video blog series “Videos About Your Wild World.” I have been wanting to branch into video blogging for a while now, but I wasn’t quite sure which route to take. This is a short educational video that focuses on bumble dart frogs, a species of South American poison dart frog.

Hopeful within the coming weeks I will get the chance to add some sound and a better title/introduction. But for now, I am proud of my self seeing as I had to learn a whole new version of Final Cut to make this video. I promise if you stick around the videos will only get better in quality from here on out.

southern ground hornbill at the dallas zoo

The southern ground hornbill is the largest species of hornbill bird and can be found naturally across the savannas of Africa. These birds are listed as vulnerable, according to the IUCN Red List, but studies done in South Africa suggest they could be in much worse trouble than scientists previously thought. Their habitat is being cleared for farmland and these birds are dying off.

A Southern Ground Hornbill walks the savanna habitat at the Dallas Zoo

A Southern Ground Hornbill walks the savanna habitat at the Dallas Zoo

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