Geraldine (FFN Award winner 2018) and her team are delighted to present their latest research study. They present the genetic data that the team has collected on several research expeditions in three study areas in the Nepalese Himalayas.
Since Els van Lavieren won the Future For Nature Award in 2010, she moved from the Barbary macaque project in Morocco to a new project in Suriname. Here is a small update she sent us:
In October we asked our Facebook followers what their burning questions were for the FFN Award Winners. Thirza van Walraven’s question was: To what extend did the Future For Nature award affect their careers. We sent this question to Maggie Muurmans, FFN Award winner of 2009 and this is her answer:
Some very exciting news came from FFN winner 2016 Matt Shirley who discovered the Central African slender-snouted crocodile (Mecistops leptorhynchus)! The crocodile turned out to be hiding in plain sight, as one species proved to be two species.
WARA led by Charlotte Houpline is part of the EAGLE community of activists founded by Ofir Drori, FFN Award winner 2011, and they recently arrested Carlos Corces Bustamante, a Spanish wildlife criminal.
We have received an extensive personal update from Patricia Medici, winner of the Future For Nature Award of 2008. Including updates from the field, team expansion and they also won a prestigious prize.
Recently Thai Van Nguyen, winner of the FFN Award 2016 and executive director of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife celebrated the fourth anniversary with his team. What started off with Thai’s mission to save the pangolins has now grown to a team of over 40 people.
Ghana has legally established a protected area for endangered frog species in the country. Though there are a few protected areas for all manner of species, this is the first one for frogs in Ghana and many other parts of Africa. The area comprises 847 acres of land located in the Ho West District of the Volta region.
Update from the field by Shahriar Caesar Rahman, FFN Award winner 2017: Collaborating with the Government and the Local Community to Prevent Extinction of Asia’s Largest Tortoise.
Asian Giant Tortoise (Manouria emys) is the largest tortoise in Asia and grows up to an impressive 35 kilograms. They are one of the very few chelonian species that have been documented to actively build nests using leaf litter. Historically found throughout the tropical forests in the southeast Asian countries, they are currently threatened with extinction and listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red list.
Hana Ridha, FFN Award winner 2017, was recently visited by bioGraphic which resulted in an elaborate interview about Hana and her work for Nature Iraq, protecting the Persian Leopard in the midst of the turmoil that has enveloped Iraq. The interview highlights how the Iraq-Iran War influenced her work in becoming a conservationist, how she finds sanctuary in the mountains and how she works against all odds to set up an envisioned Peace Park.