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“Adorably Cute” Tiny Primate Discovery Illuminates Biodiversity of Philippines Island

Meet the Dinagat-Caraga tarsier, a distinctive evolutionary lineage of primate that has just been discovered from the southeastern Philippines by an international team of biologists working with the Philippine government’s Biodiversity Management Bureau. The discovery of the new genetic type of primate was funded in part by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration.

New Specimens, Friends, Colleagues, and Insights

Ronald Clouse is travelling the Philippines in search of harvestmen—otherwise known as daddy-long-legs. As he prepares to return home, Ron wraps everything up and makes his farewells.

Rare Daddy-Long-Legs Rediscovered!

Ronald Clouse is travelling the Philippines in search of harvestmen—otherwise known as daddy-long-legs. His long quest is at an end; at last, the elusive cyphos harvestman has been caught!

Mud and Mystery on Mt. Apo

Ronald Clouse is travelling the Philippines in search of harvestmen—otherwise known as daddy-long-legs. He now climbs the treacherous Mt. Apo in search of rare species discovered there.

Bulusan, Bees, and Big Opis

Ronald Clouse is travelling the Philippines in search of harvestmen—otherwise known as daddy-long-legs. Here, he ascends Mt. Bulusan for a closer look into its dark underbrush.

What Are Harvestmen, a.k.a. Daddy-Long-Legs?

On his current expedition, Ronald Clouse ventures into the jungles of the Philippines to study harvestmen, or daddy-long-legs, of the order Opiliones. By collecting data for phylogenetic analysis, he hopes to learn more about the history of these creatures and the lands they inhabit. Our decision to leave Panay Island early in the hopes of…

Leaf-Litter Connoisseurs: Part Two (Searching for Harvestmen at Sibaliw Research Station)

Ronald Clouse wraps up his work at Sibaliw Research Station and prepares to travel to his next destination.

Leaf-Litter Connoisseurs: Part One

Ronald Clouse makes the climb through the jungle to Sibaliw Research Station and begins the hunt for harvestmen.

On the Hunt for Harvestmen

Join Ronald Clouse as he sets out into the jungles of the Philippines in search of harvestmen, or daddy-long-legs, of the order Opiliones and the geohistorical secrets they can reveal.

Typhoon Haiyan’s Impact Felt at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw

Conservation International’s Philippines program director shares a heartfelt and vivid account of the tragedy affecting his country in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

What’s a Danajon Bank?

by Michael Ready, Associate Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers In April 2013, after four planes, a ferry, and two outriggers, I arrived at Handumon, a remote village and field station on Jandayan Island in the Philippines. As I lay down the first night under a mosquito net, wiped out and bit disoriented,…

Destroying Elephant Ivory Stockpiles: No Easy Matter

When the Philippines destroyed its five-ton stockpile of seized elephant tusks on June 21, it marked not only the first time an ivory-consuming nation took such a public action but also the first time a country took key steps to guarantee that it could not re-enter the black market.

iLCP Photo Expedition to Document Cradle of Marine Biodiversity

“Long term and meaningful conservation success really is only possible if NGOs and photographers work together – very often also working with scientists. If you can get those three sectors working together, you’re pretty much a non-stoppable force.” Thomas Peschak, Conservation Photographer and iLCP Fellow The International League of Conservation Photographers has pulled together an…

Vatican Responds to National Geographic’s Correspondence About Religious Use of Ivory

“We are absolutely convinced that the massacre of elephant is a very serious matter,” writes Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, in a response today to our correspondence about the use of elephant ivory for devotional icons by some Catholic followers.

As Father Lombardi points out, it was emails from readers of A Voice for Elephants blog to his office that encouraged him to write this letter. Please continue the conversation by commenting here and also, if you wish, by writing directly to his office.

Vatican Stand on Religious Use of Ivory Would Help Slow Illegal Killings of Elephants

The religious use of ivory is among the least publicized and seemingly most easily correctable drivers of the massive elephant slaughter now taking place across Africa. Does the Vatican consider the use of ivory religious carvings and ecclesiastical gifts to be morally wrong or at odds with Church doctrine? There has been no response to several requests National Geographic made to the Vatican to clarify the Church’s position.