New Opportunity – Staff Features Writer
Nov12

New Opportunity – Staff Features Writer

Mongabay is excited to announce a new opportunity for a full-time features writer position. This position is expected to produce regular stories on conservation and environmental issues, published in English. The reporting responsibility includes coverage of the status of high conservation value forests, the intersection of land rights and environmental change, governance issues around natural resources extraction and development, analysis relevant to ecology and species, and threats to environmental defenders including indigenous peoples and local communities. For a full detailed job description, please click...

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Mongabay in the news, September 2019
Nov04

Mongabay in the news, September 2019

Our reporting often appears beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use our work. Our team is sometimes interviewed about their work, too, as when our Karla Mendes appeared on syndicated radio program Sea Change Radio to discuss her reporting on the Amazon fires. Founder/CEO Rhett Butler also penned an op-ed for Singapore’s major daily The Straits Times about Indonesia’s own forest crisis. Many of Mongabay’s appearances elsewhere in the media happen when other outlets republish reports via our Creative Commons license, as when major Spanish daily El Pais reprinted our Portuguese coverage of the correlation between deforestation and fires there. We encourage other media outlets to republish our features like this in their own publications, review our republishing policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of instances where our reporting was republished, cited, or re-reported by various media outlets during September 2019: AllAfrica.com, Atlas Obscura, Business Insider, CNBC-TV, The Cap Times, El Comercio, The Concordian, Courrier International, Diálogo, EOS News, Earth.com, Earth Island Journal, Eco-business, Ecowatch, Eurasia Review, Huffington Post, International News Lens, MSN, Mic.com, Middlebury Institute, Nepali Times, The New Leam, News 18, El Pais, Pursuit, Quartz, Quartz-India, Rakyat Post, Science, Scroll, Sea Change Radio, Straits Times, The Times of Israel, Willamette Collegian, The Wire, and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. Banner image: warthog in Kenya by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Using Global Forest Watch: Free webinar for journalists, November 13
Oct23

Using Global Forest Watch: Free webinar for journalists, November 13

  The availability of near-real-time deforestation data via Global Forest Watch (GFW) is expanding, creating a growing number of opportunities for journalists to leverage this material in their reporting on forest issues. To help writers capitalize on this opportunity, Mongabay is organizing an online training on November 13 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time in collaboration with GFW staff to demonstrate how journalists can use its tools to add evidence to news articles, and to explain how GFW’s Places to Watch methodology is being utilized to identify areas of recent deforestation for on-the-ground investigation and reporting, such as Mongabay’s Forest Trackers article series. While many of the tools that journalists use to tell stories offer tutorials, most of these are general and don’t provide the context that’s most relevant to how journalists can use them. The webinar will provide practical information about how journalists can use GFW tools and participants will gain a better understanding for how to access and interpret the information, as well as how to appropriately use this information in their reporting. Participating trainers: Willie Shubert, Global Program Director – Mongabay Mikaela Weisse, Manager – Global Forest Watch Kai Kresek, Junior Data Specialist – Global Forest Watch View more information and register for this free training here. Banner image: Map produced using GFW tools for a feature from Cameroon in Mongabay’s Forest Trackers series, where a rubber plantation was found to have expanded into 127 square kilometers of primary...

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Mongabay feature published in ‘best science and nature writing’ anthology
Oct07

Mongabay feature published in ‘best science and nature writing’ anthology

Mongabay is pleased to announce that senior correspondent Jeremy Hance’s feature, The great rhino U-turn, has been published in ‘The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019,” a highly regarded annual anthology that celebrates the best writing from the genre. This marks the first time that a Mongabay feature has been selected. When he heard the news earlier this year, Hance exclaimed, “The news that my article on Sumatran rhinos was going to be included [came] totally out of the blue, it’s a huge honor and I’m over the moon about it!” He added that, “I think it’s especially exciting since wildlife conservation writing sometimes takes a back seat to other environmental and hard science stories when it comes to recognition in the field.” The selected feature is part three of a four-part series on Sumatran rhino conservation, and details how researchers at the Cincinnati Zoo finally unlocked the mysteries of the species’ reproduction. This is key because there are very few of the animals left in the world, and captive breeding and reintroduction is one of the most viable strategies for saving the species. But it took 17 years of work to make captive breeding work, so Jeremy’s fascinating chronicle of this herculean effort serves as a valuable and inspiring example of dedication and good science in service to conservation. “My hope is that inclusion in this anthology will bring greater attention to the plight of Sumatran rhinos, a species that desperately needs the Indonesian government and conservationists to act, and act quickly if we’re not to lose the singing rhino,” he continued, referring to the creature’s charming habit of vocalizing musically, sounds which he likens to whale songs. The timing of all this is important, since a recent effort to breed one of the last remaining Sumatran rhinos looks unlikely to succeed again due to ‘bureaucratic quibbling’ on Indonesia’s part, as Mongabay’s Basten Gokkon recently reported. The book also features essays that first appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, New York Times Magazine, and others, and is now in bookstores around the U.S. Order a copy from an independent bookstore near you here. Read Jeremy’s story here and follow the links from there to parts one, two, and four. Mongabay’s entire series on Asian rhinos can be found here. Banner image: a calf born in 2016 in Indonesia’s Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary. Photo by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Spring 2020 Internship at Mongabay – Now Accepting Applications
Oct02

Spring 2020 Internship at Mongabay – Now Accepting Applications

Mongabay is now accepting spring 2020 internship applications! This opportunity will provide you with the necessary tools and resources to help develop your writing skills and have your news stories be published on our renowned website. View the full internship details here and how to apply. Application Deadline November...

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New Special Reporting Project: Roads and Rail in Island Southeast Asia
Oct01

New Special Reporting Project: Roads and Rail in Island Southeast Asia

Road projects can have significant direct impacts by razing forests, fragmenting ecosystems and disrupting traditional land-tenure systems and ways of life. They also have additional knock-on effects, often literally paving the way for logging, poaching, mining and increased human settlement in wilderness areas. Mongabay is seeking pitches for stories on the potential social and environmental impacts of road and rail projects in Indonesia, Malaysian Borneo, and Papua New Guinea. Proposals for both news bulletins and in-depth investigations are welcome. For a full detail description and how to submit your pitch, please click...

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Mongabay founder to speak at the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge Oct 2
Sep30

Mongabay founder to speak at the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge Oct 2

Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler will be speaking at the launch of the Artisanal Mining Grand Challenge, global competition with $750,000 in prizes to create innovative solutions, at the Tech Interactive in San Jose, California on October 2, 2019. The public can register to attend the event here. Butler will be speaking about his inspiration for starting Mongabay 20 years...

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Mongabay in the news, August 2019
Sep30

Mongabay in the news, August 2019

Mongabay reports often appear beyond the bounds of the main website and multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use our work. In the past month many outlets relied on our work especially in covering the Amazon fires, including the New York Times, Newsweek, and Quartz. Due to Mongabay’s long track record covering these Amazon forest trends, our CEO Rhett Butler was interviewed by numerous radio and TV programs, ranging from BBC Radio to CBC television, KPFK-Los Angeles, and France-24. Mongabay’s reports are regularly republished too, via our Creative Commons license, for instance, Grist republished our report showing the latest imagery of the fires in Brazil, and our article about land protests in Cambodia was picked up by the Asia Times. We encourage other media outlets to republish our features like this in their own publications, please review our republishing policy and guidelines here. Here’s a selection of instances where our reporting was republished, cited, or re-reported by peer media outlets during August 2019: Acento, Actual, Adaderana News, Asia Times, Atlas Obscura, BBC, BBC-Mundo, The Better India, Bogota Post, Business Insider, Bustle, CBC, CNBC-TV18, Cambodia Daily, Central News Agency, CityLab/The Atlantic, CleanTechnica, El Comercio, Common Dreams, DOGO News, Daily Caller, El Deber, El Desconcierto, ESI Africa, Earth.com, Earth Island Journal, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, Epoch Times, El Espectador, Espressen, Eurasia Review, First Post, Food Tank, Forbes, Free Speech TV, Gizmodo, Gizmodo-Australia, Gizmodo UK, Grist, The Hill, Huffington Post-India, IDN Times, IFL Science, INews.co.uk, Inhabitat, Inside Edition, The International News Lens, Jurnas, KBIA 91.3 FM, KPFK-LA, Lado B, El Liberator, Live Science, Mashable, Mother Nature Network, La Mula, La Nacion, National Observer, Nature, The New Leam, The New Republic, New Security Beat, The New York Times, News Global, Newshub, Newsweek, North Kentucky Tribune, El Nuevo Dia, O Eco, One World, Pacific Standard, El Pais, Political Insider, Popular Science, Pulitzer Center, Quartz, Quartz-India, The Quint, RPP Noticias, Rakyat Post, Riau One, Scroll, La Semana, Seminario Universidad, SinaNews.tw, Smithsonian, South Whidbey Record, TAZ, TRT World News, TVBS, Der Tagesspiegel, Timis, Treehugger, Union-Bulletin, El Universo, Vice, WP Tech, WSLS-TV, Washington Post, The Wire, Yahoo Finance News, Yahoo News, Yahoo News-ES, and Yale Environment...

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New Special Reporting Project: Sumatran Rhinos
Sep30

New Special Reporting Project: Sumatran Rhinos

At this critical juncture, Mongabay is launching a special reporting initiative aimed at raising awareness about the Sumatran rhino and chronicling successes and setbacks in local and international efforts to save the species from extinction. Sumatran rhinos are among the rarest and most endangered animals on earth. The species’ wild population numbers no more than 80, fragmented into small sub-populations in Sumatra and Borneo. Another nine live in captivity in Indonesia and Malaysia, where researchers hope they can contribute to the long-term survival of their species. For a full detail description and how to submit your pitch, please click...

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New Opportunity: Bookkeeper Mongabay, India
Sep27

New Opportunity: Bookkeeper Mongabay, India

Mongabay is excited to announce a full-time Bookkeeper who is based in India. The Bookkeeper, working with the Financial Controller, will help support the operation of Mongabay’s financial processes and is someone who can truly embrace new ideas and systematize processes in order to creatively manage the financial processes of a large, virtual, global organization. For a full detailed job description and how to apply, please click...

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Mongabay’s David Martin to judge the Jackson Wild film awards
Sep10

Mongabay’s David Martin to judge the Jackson Wild film awards

Mongabay is pleased to announce that its Director of Partnerships, David Martin, is a member of the final jury for the 2019 Jackson Wild Media Awards. This festival which bestows awards on the best nature and science-inspired filmmaking happens this year between September 21 and 27 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. David played a key role in the launch of Mongabay’s diverse video content which is posted to social media channels and aims to raise awareness about unfolding events around the planet, while inspiring audiences to love nature and get involved with conservation. He deeply believes that media plays a powerful role in shaping the world as we know it, and works to elevate solutions-oriented content that moves the needle in terms of creating a livable and equitable planet for all. Of today’s overall environmental media landscape, he said, “It’s really inspiring to see what’s being done to capture the minds and hearts of people and get them focused on wildlife and our planet. We are at a critical juncture.” As a judge, he must watch each of the finalist films in each category, an impressive list totaling some 45 hours of viewing. The finalists in 30 categories were whittled down from over 1,000 entries and range from   BBC’s “Blue Planet II: One Ocean” in the Animal Behavior-Long Form category to “Sea of Shadows” about the world’s most endangered porpoise, the vaquita, in the Best Conservation Film-Long Form category, to National Geographic’s “Last Wild Places: Gorongosa” film about Mozambique’s famous Gorongosa National Park in the Best People & Nature Film-Short Form category. “I’m doing my best to apply a ‘critical eye’ when I watch these films, but honestly at this end point in the process, every one of these films deserves high praise and accolades,” he said. “There’s an incredible amount of quality here.” Read more about Jackson Wild (which has a conservation focus of “Living Oceans” this year) and Media Awards here, and learn about David’s fellow members of the jury here. If you plan to attend this event, please seek David out and say hello.  ...

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Mongabay in the news, July 2019
Aug30

Mongabay in the news, July 2019

Our reporting appears often beyond the bounds of the main Mongabay website and its multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use our articles. In the past month many outlets relied on our work including The Guardian which referenced our report about miners invading indigenous peoples’ lands as part of what now seems a prescient article about deforestation in the Amazon accelerating toward the tipping point that everyone’s been discussing in August 2019 following all the fires in Brazil. Quartz republished our India bureau‘s report about how that country’s quest for uranium deposits to meet its nuclear power goals has now reached a tiger reserve in Telangana. That news was then picked up by picked up by Yahoo and The Independent. Mongabay reports are regularly re-reported or republished like this under our Creative Commons license, and we encourage other media outlets to use our features in their own publications (review our republishing policy and guidelines here). Here’s a selection of outlets where our reporting was republished, cited, or re-reported during July 2019: Africa.com, Agence Ecofin, Asian Correspondent, CNBC,Christian Science Monitor, El Comercio, El Desconcierto, Down to Earth, Earth.com, Earther/Gizmodo, EcoBusiness, Ecowatch, El Espectador, Estadao, Eurasia Review, Fast Company, FirstPost, Forbes, Gizmodo, Gizmodo-Brazil, Globo, The Guardian, Huffington Post, IFL Science, The Independent, India Times, International News Lens, Kuensel Online, Lado B, Leader News, Mother Nature Network, Nepali Times, The New Arab, The News Minute, Newsweek, Newsweek-Mexico, Ojo Publico, La Opinion, Pachamama Radio 860 am, Pacific Standard, Pulitzer Center, Quartz, Quartz-India, La Republica, The Revelator, The Saturday Paper, Scroll, La Semana, Solomon Times, Der Spiegel, Tempo, Truthout, El Universal, Vanguardia, The Weather Channel, The Wire, Yahoo Finance, and Yale Environment 360. Banner image of a leafhopper in Suriname by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Mongabay joins ambitious climate reporting collaborative
Aug28

Mongabay joins ambitious climate reporting collaborative

Famed television journalist Bill Moyers and Mongabay editor Glenn Scherer recently penned an article in The Nation calling for better climate coverage by the media, which was then republished widely. The result was the launch of Covering Climate Now, a project aimed at breaking the “climate silence” that has been common in much of the mainstream news. Co-founded by The Nation and the Columbia Journalism Review in partnership with The Guardian, Covering Climate Now will kickstart a conversation among journalists about how news outlets of all kinds can better report on this critical issue. As one of the many media outlets involved, Mongabay will be publishing one climate change story a day from September 16 until September 23, the first day of the Climate Action Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York City. At that meeting, the world’s governments will submit plans to meet the Paris Agreement’s pledge to keep global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. Mongabay was among the first media outlets to add its name to this virtual media event, which is now 170 publications strong, making it one of the most ambitious media campaigns in history. Mongabay will also have reporters at the subsequent UN event, so our climate coverage will continue during that week. A special Mongabay podcast airing on September 3 will preview the UN event with one of America’s most prominent climate activists, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, so please watch for that or subscribe to the Mongabay Newscast via your podcast provider of choice. Banner image: Waxy monkey leaf frog (Phyllomedusa sauvagii), photo by Rhett Butler for...

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110,000+ signatures: Petition inspired by Mongabay story on a pristine but threatened PNG island keeps growing
Aug20

110,000+ signatures: Petition inspired by Mongabay story on a pristine but threatened PNG island keeps growing

A petition inspired by a Mongabay story has topped its goal of 110,000 signatures, and keeps growing. “Logging, mining companies lock eyes on a biodiverse island like no other” was published on July 31st by Mongabay and the online petition appeared about 10 days later after the story garnered much attention on social media platforms. In the story, writer Gianluca Cerullo explains that Woodlark Island sits far off the coast of Papua New Guinea and is swathed in old growth forests home to animals found nowhere else on the planet. However, the island and its inhabitants face an uncertain future: lured by high-value timber, a logging company is planning to clear 40% of Woodlark’s forests, and researchers say this could drive many species to extinction. The author reports that the company proposes to then plant large tree plantations, and he writes that a gold mine is being proposed for the island as well. The petition is aimed at the Papua New Guinea Forestry Authority and can be viewed here. Banner image via...

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Indonesia for Sale series honored with Society of Environmental Journalists award
Aug14

Indonesia for Sale series honored with Society of Environmental Journalists award

The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) has given the second feature in the Indonesia for Sale series, “Ghosts in the Machine,” recognition under the Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting as part of its annual awards for environmental journalism. Produced in partnership with The Gecko Project, the series has 3 main features so far plus a number of other assets including video and interviews. The SEJ judges wrote this about the story: “A remarkable example of brave, tenacious journalism, methodically unravelling systemic corruption in Indonesia extending to the highest levels of the judiciary. Few consumers in North America can fully appreciate the human and environmental toll exacted by the palm oil industry. In that sense, this story should make us all think more critically about the true cost of our actions, at home and around the world.” Read the winning story here, and here is a quick video description of it:   Find part 1 of Indonesia for Sale, about a politician who turned his district into a sea of oil palm for personal benefit here, and part 3, which dived into the secret dealings that stand to destroy another massive tract of rainforest, here. Banner image of an orangutan in Indonesian rainforest by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Mongabay in the news, June 2019
Jul26

Mongabay in the news, June 2019

Our reporting often appears beyond the bounds of the main Mongabay website, and its multiple language subdomains, when other outlets republish or otherwise use our articles. In the past month many outlets relied on our work including our report from Sri Lanka about elephant calves being killed by exploding traps meant for wild boars, which was written up in Newsweek and then that news was re-relayed in a story that Agence France Presse sent out on its newswire about elephant conservation issues to all its subscribing media outlets, from France 24 to South China Morning Post, Al Arabiya and even The Daily Mail. Mongabay reports are regularly re-reported or republished like this under our Creative Commons license, and we encourage other media outlets to use our features in their own publications (review our republishing policy and guidelines here). Here’s a selection of outlets where our reporting was republished, cited, or re-reported during June 2019: Al Arabiya, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Sentinel, Asia Times, Blesk, CNBC-TV, Cambodia Daily, Channel News Asia, El Colombiano, Daily Mail, Digital Journal, El Disconcierto, Earth.com, Earther, Eco-Business,Economic and Political Weekly, Ecowatch,Environmental Health News, Eurasia Review, FT.lk, FirstPost, France 24, GMA News, Gizmodo-Brasil,Gizmodo-UK, The Guardian, Hans News Service, Huffpost India, India Climate Dialogue, India Times, Indigenous News, Inhabitat, Journal de Cameroun, Kashmir Observer, Lanka Web, Leaders News, The Logical Indian, Manila Bulletin, MSN,The National, News.lk,News 24, The News Minute, Newstage,((o))eco,Odisha Bytes, PTV News, Pacific Standard, Papua New Guinea Today, Pulitzer Center, Pulse Ghana, Pulse Live Kenya, The Quint, RFI News, RTL News, Revelator News, Scroll, Siliconeer, South China Morning Post, Sunday Times/Sri Lanka, VOA News, The Wire,The World News, Yahoo News, Yahoo News Australia, and Yale Environment 360. Banner image: Kirk’s dik-dik (Madoqua kirkii) in Tanzania, image by Rhett A. Butler for...

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Mongabay in the news, May 2019
Jun24

Mongabay in the news, May 2019

Mongabay’s reporting often appears beyond the bounds of our main website and its multiple language subdomains when other outlets republish or otherwise use our articles. In the past month many outlets used our work including Asia Times, which republished our feature on how shrimp farms threaten Myanmar’s remaining mangroves, and Pacific Standard, which posted a Mongabay feature about companies getting fined for Amazon deforestation. Some other top impressions for Mongabay in the media last month appeared in the journal Science and also on Hawaii Public Radio, which used our reporting in a piece about the death of a rare rhino, which Smithsonian also did. Elsewhere, our reporter Karla Mendes was the subject of a radio interview on WORT in Madison, WI about her reporting from Brazil about the struggle for indigenous land rights under the new president. Mongabay reports are regularly republished like this under our Creative Commons license, and we encourage other media outlets to use our features in their own publications (review our reuse policy and guidelines here). Here’s a selection of outlets where our reporting was republished, cited, or re-reported during May 2019: Animal Politico, Asia Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Cambodia Daily, El Comercio, Common Dreams, El Deber, Diario Metro, El Disconcierto, Earth.com, Eco-Business, Ecowatch, Ethiopia Observer, FirstPost, The Guardian, Hawaii Public Radio, HuffPost India, India Times, Inhabitat, Lado B, Live Science, The Logical Indian, La Mula, The News International, Pacific Standard, El Pais, The Print, Publimetro, Pulitzer Center, Quartz, The Quint, Reader’s Digest, La Red 21, La Republica, SSPX News, Science, Scroll, La Semana, Smithsonian, Undercurrent News, WORT-Madison, The Week, and The Wire. Banner image of an okapi by Rhett Butler for...

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Mongabay seeking Conservation Solutions for new Special Reporting Project
Jun06

Mongabay seeking Conservation Solutions for new Special Reporting Project

Much of the narrative around conservation dwells on doom and gloom – habitats being destroyed, species being pushed closer to extinction, and destructive projects – despite the presence of noteworthy successes and promising practices. A new Mongabay reporting project aims to identify solutions to environmental challenges, so that they can be celebrated and adopted more widely. We’re searching for real-world examples from both land and sea, which can help conservation groups, agencies, and communities address the problems caused by habitat loss, overharvesting, climate change, pollution, and other threats. Through this reporting effort, we aim to help groups who may lack access to information on available tools and strategies, by highlighting where and why conservation efforts have been successful. Highlighting success stories can lead to transformative change by providing practitioners with blueprints and case studies for effective models. For a detailed description of the project and instructions on how to submit your pitch, please click...

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New Investigative Special Reporting Project: Cross-Border Commodities
Jun05

New Investigative Special Reporting Project: Cross-Border Commodities

Examining the origins of commodities and products is a rich field for investigative inquiry, with probes of supply chains revealing major cases of environmental criminality, human rights abuses and corruption, prompting action by policymakers. Yet accurately conveying the importance of local environmental trends often requires a collaborative approach to gain a deeper understanding of global and transboundary forces, as well as how these processes intersect with a vast number of communities and ecosystems in ways that defy conventional news narratives. In response, Mongabay is seeking pitches for cross-border investigative reporting projects that go beyond the daily news headlines to uncover wrongdoing at the intersection of global trade and environmental degradation. For a detailed description of the project and instructions on how to submit your pitch, please...

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Mongabay founder interviewed about his history with Madagascar
May25

Mongabay founder interviewed about his history with Madagascar

Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler was recently interviewed by Rainbow Tours for its blog. In the interview, conducted by Rainbow Tours’ Madagascar & Alternative Africa product manager and author/conservation writer Derek Schuurman, Rhett talked about his inspiration for starting Mongabay, including the role his visits to Madagascar played in the site’s origin as well as WildMadagascar.org, Mongabay’s sister site. The strange and unique flora and fauna of Madagascar made it an obsession from the moment I learned about the island. My first visit to Madagascar as a teen was pretty disastrous, but nonetheless I saw so many interesting things that I had to return a few years later. Travel to Madagascar invariably includes highs and lows from amazing wildlife to destroyed landscapes, but I recommend it as a destination for anyone passionate about wildlife who has the ability to weather a bit of adventure. He also revealed that Mongabay is hiring its first journalist dedicated to covering conservation and issues related to it in Madagascar. Malavika Vyawahare — an award-winning environmental journalist who has reported for Hindustan Times, The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and Scientific American — joined the team in April 2019. Check out the interview at An Interview with Mongabay CEO Rhett...

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