World Ranger Day: An Interview with Tom Amey, EcosystemImpact Foundation

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World Ranger Day: An Interview with Tom Amey, EcosystemImpact Foundation   World Ranger Day is celebrated worldwide on July 31st to commemorate and celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage. Tom Amey is the Director of Social and Environmental Programmes of EcosystemImpact Foundation and oversees their Bangkaru Ranger Programme.     Tell us more about the Bangkaru Ranger Programme.  The Bangkaru Ranger Project is a community ranger project based on Bangkaru Island, off the…

Meet an Amphibian Biologist: An Interview with Nathan Rusli, Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation

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Meet an Amphibian Biologist: An Interview with Nathan Rusli, Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation   With approximately a third of amphibians threatened with extinction globally, it is crucial we champion the importance and bring attention to the threats faced by this unique group of animals. Amphibian Week is celebrated during the first week of May every year. This year we invite you to meet amphibian biologist Nathan Rusli, Executive Director of ASAP Partner Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation, as he shares why and how…

International Women’s Day 2022: An Interview with Kavita Prakash-Mani, CEO of Mandai Nature

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International Women’s Day 2022: An Interview with Kavita Prakash-Mani, CEO of Mandai Nature     International Women’s Day is celebrated all around the world on 8 March. This year’s theme, #BreaktheBias calls for a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, and where difference is valued and celebrated. Kavita Prakash-Mani, CEO of Mandai Nature, which hosts the ASAP Secretariat, shares her journey and insights with us this International Women’s Day.    …

Saving the Painted Terrapin from extinction – Satucita Foundation

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Saving the Painted Terrapin from extinction – Satucita Foundation Painted Terrapin Batagur borneoensis is ranked among the 25 most endangered tortoise and freshwater turtle species by the Turtle Survival Coalition. The terrapin, which is an unremarkable greyish brown colour for much of the year, lives up to its name during the breeding season when the males transform. Along with a lightening of the shell and head, a vibrant red stripe appears to be painted between its eyes, giving it a…

Woman in conservation interview: Kalyar Platt, Turtle Survival Alliance

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  Kalyar Platt, PhD is Director of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) Myanmar Program based in Yangon Myanmar.         Did you have a role model that influenced your decision to work in conservation? The role model that influenced my decision to work in the field of wildlife conservation is the internationally recognised chimpanzee expert Dr. Jane Goodall who advocated for chimpanzee protection for 55+ years. Women conservationists face criticism in Myanmar just like Dr. Goodall faced early in her…

Woman in conservation interview: Kanitha Krishnasamy, TRAFFIC

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  Kanitha Krishnasamy is the Director for Southeast Asia at TRAFFIC.        Why did you choose to become a conservationist? I think in some ways conservation chose me! I’ve always had an interest in animals, and wanted to learn more about them. But the Malaysian public education system is such that you don’t often get what you want. I was offered a degree in Forestry, which was not something I had selected. Learning about the forestry industry (which…

Woman in conservation interview: Marites Gatan-Balbas, Mabuwaya Foundation

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  I am Marites Gatan-Balbas, but most people call me Tess. I am the Chief Operating Officer of the Mabuwaya Foundation. I manage the day-to-day activities of the foundation, but I love giving school lectures, organising workshops, facilitating community consultations and coordinating with our partners and collaborators.   Why did you choose to become a conservationist? I am a graduate of Forestry. My parents are farmers, but they were able to send me to the local university in Isabela Province….

Woman in conservation interview: Mirza Kusrini, Bogor University

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Mirza is a lecturer at the Faculty of Forestry & Environment, Institut Pertanian Bogor University, and a researcher, focusing on amphibians and reptiles.         How did you choose your field of study? Nature and wildlife always fascinated me when I was a child. It was not only my parents that brought me to nature, growing up I watched documentaries like Born Free and read the Adventure series of young adult books written by Willard Price. The protagonists…

Woman in conservation interview: Trang Nguyen, WildAct

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  Trang Nguyen is the Founder and Executive Director of WildAct.        Did you have a role model that influenced your decision to work in conservation? Dian Fossey definitely had a big impact in my career choice. I remember when I was very small and back in the day where wildlife conservation was a very new concept in Vietnam, I watched Gorillas in the Mist. I had some very first ideas of what conservationists and conservation researchers do…

ASAP talks freshwater fish with Mike Baltzer from Shoal

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To celebrate the launch of WWF’s report ‘Forgotten Fishes’, we spoke with Mike Baltzer, Executive Director of Shoal. Mike shared his thoughts on the threats facing freshwater fishes globally and in Southeast Asia, as well as some of the reasons he is hopeful for the future.   A report called Forgotten Fishes has just been released by WWF, which Shoal collaborated on. Can you briefly summarise the report? The report is a call to action by many of the leading…