Mongabay is an award-winning, nonprofit environmental science and conservation news organization uniquely positioned to provide original content in a frequent (daily outputs), objective (does not advocate), accurate (relies on facts and scientific information) and timely manner to a global audience of conservation scientists, private-sector decision-makers, government policymakers, civil society organizations, journalists in other media outlets, and interested members of the public.
The principal areas of Mongabay’s coverage include:
• the intersection of human rights and the environment,
• governance issues around natural resources extraction and management,
• news and analysis relating to ecology and species, and
• threats to environmental defenders including indigenous peoples.
Mongabay’s readership on its Global, Latin American, Indonesian, and Indian news sites averages 9 million visitors each month, which positions the organization as one of the top sources of environmental news, analysis, information, and inspiration on the Internet.
Mongabay delivers its news and information in 10 languages, prioritizing coverage in regions facing acute socio-environmental threats. A vast network of 800 individual contributors from 80 countries who are locally based are best to identify, understand and report on complex issues.
Mongabay adds considerable depth and relevance to these stories through innovative use of digital media tools including video, podcasts, data visualization and social media to engage a wide range of audiences. Our reach is greatly amplified via syndication by a wide range of outlets.
Organizational structure: U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, with affiliates in several countries
History: The Mongabay website was launched by Rhett Ayers Butler in 1999 and the news service began in 2005. Mongabay shifted to a non-profit organization in 2012.
Bureaus: Indonesia (2012), Global English (2012), Latam Spanish (2016), India (2018), Brazilian Portuguese (2019), India-Hindi (2020), French (2021).
Staff: 55 staff in 16 countries (February 2021)
Contributing journalists: 800+ in about 80 countries (February 2021)
Direct monthly readership: 9 million users and 12 million pageviews (Feb 2020-Jan 2021)
Syndication partners: 50+ (February 2021)
Social media account following: 2.03 million (February 2021)
Major readership markets: India, Indonesia, United States, European Union + U.K., Philippines, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Canada, Ecuador, Australia (in descending order of readership)
Main topics: Forests, oceans, wildlife/biodiversity, the conservation sector, land use change, Indigenous Peoples and environmental defenders, and climate change.
Formats: Written (digital), short-form video, podcasts
Production in 2020: 5,211 written articles, 704 videos, 50+ podcast episodes, 1 feature film
Major funding sources: Philanthropic foundations, individual donors, government grants.
Advertising accounts for less than 0.1% of Mongabay’s revenue.
Information about the organization
As of November 2021, Mongabay has more than 60 full time staff and works with over 800 contributors in some 80 countries.
Mongabay’s bureaus include Global (English), Indonesia (Bahasa Indonesia), Latam (Spanish), India (English and Hindi), Brasil (Portuguese), and French.