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Macaque on a Hot Tin Roof: Mount Popa, Myanmar

Mount Popa, sanskrit for flower, is an extinct volcano in the Bagan region of Myanamar.  Mount Popa’s Popa Taungkalat monastery is situated atop the nearby volcano plug, jutting 737 m out of the ground.  The impressive monastery is home to the nats spirits, a belief dating back to the 9th century and predating Burmese Buddhism,…

Talkative Marmoset Monkeys Take Turns

Marmosets share a unique characteristic with humans: In conversations, these social monkeys wait their turn to speak. During exchanges, which can last up to 30 minutes, marmosets engage in vocal turn-taking and they don’t interrupt each other, researchers from Princeton University report in Current Biology. “We were surprised by how reliably the marmoset monkeys exchanged…

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #13

Explore the wilderness with us… Rhinos are in terrible trouble across Africa. The Kruger National Park, the second oldest protected area on earth, may lose as many as 1,000 rhinos this year! The South African government has reacted by supporting the legal sale of over $100 million of rhino horn. This decision has polarized the…

Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #8

Explore the wilderness with us… Within the next 10-15 years we will see the last-remaining wilderness area on earth dominated by the demands of growing human populations and undermined by accelerated climate change. When the earth’s last wild places are gone, all we will have are fenced off protected areas dependent on constant intervention to persist…

Can we save Congo Basin from “African Silence”?

The magnificent Congo Basin is made up of patchwork mosaic of rivers, forests, savannas, swamps and flooded forests. This tropical wonderland is home to forest elephants, lowland and mountain gorillas, bonobos, and buffalo, as well as the enigmatic okapi and a multitude of monkey species. The Congo Basin is an ancient refuge for biodiversity on the…

Cloudy With a Chance of Monkeys

Panoramic view of Goldsmith working in the cloud forest canopy From afar, the primeval mountainsides of the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica appear both majestic and mysterious. Venture within and you will discover that this mist-enshrouded tropical evergreen forest is teeming with life. This astounding biodiversity owes much of its existence to the extra…