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Flanged male orangutan taken via camera trap at Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo

Flanged male orangutan taken via camera trap at Danau Girang Field Centre in Borneo

Climate Change and Wildlife (WWF)

The WWF highlights a number of animals that are particularly vulnerable to climate change, including orangutans and gorillas.’

Indonesia Activist Wins Goldman Prize for Fighting Palm Oil, Deforestation (Mongabay)

Here’s a conservation success story! Indonesian biologist Rudi Putra has worked hard protect the wildlife in Sumatra. His efforts include petitioning the government and local police to enforce conservation laws, shut down illegal palm oil plantations, and establish a wildlife corridor through land previously cleared for palm oil cultivation. He is being awarded with the Goldman Prize, which recognizes environmental activism, and will be putting the prize money toward further conservation efforts.

Can Gorillas Save the Democratic Republic of Congo (Daily Beast)

This article discusses the possibility of revenue from gorilla tourism on the DRC side of the Virungas to bring stability to this region. However, they have what they refer to as “a Congolese Catch-22.” It’s hard to attract investment and tourists without peace and stability. But they development of tourist infrastucture could serve as a major economic incentive that could foster stability.

It’s definitely an interesting read, and includes an interview with Emmanuel de Merode (the director who was recently shot).


About Dr. Michelle A. Rodrigues

I am a primatologist/biological anthropologist who studies comparative social behavior and endocrinology. My dissertation research focused on stress and friendship in female spider monkeys. Most of my graduate research was conducted at El Zota Biological Field Station, with a little help from the spider monkeys at Brookfield Zoo, IL. I have also studied howler monkeys, rhesus monkeys, bonobos, and chimpanzees, as well as participated in studies on gorillas, pachyderms, and big cats. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois, where I am examining how female friendship and social support mediate stressors experienced by teenager girls and female scientists. I've taught courses in introductory biological anthropology, world prehistory, and co-instructed a field course in primate behavior and conservation at El Zota. I love teaching about primates and evolution!
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