Lost & Found

From saddle cover to media sensation: the story of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey

During his famous 5 year-long expedition to Latin America (1799-1804), Alexander von Humboldt collected,  together with his naturalist partner, Aimé Bonpland, around 60,000 plant specimens and an unknown number of animal specimens that we can safely assume to be in the thousands. Some of these specimens were being shown and described to the scientific world for the first time, including the peculiar yellow-tailed woolly monkey. However, the monkey specimens weren’t caught by Humboldt or Bonpland. They were the flat skins…

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On the path of the Spreadwing

We were threading on a narrow foot path, running across a rainforest leading to the Adam’s Peak mountain, the most sacred mountain in Sri Lanka and the fourth highest in the country. Our team of five naturalists was ascending the mountain slowly as we were frequently held by interesting animals, beautiful sceneries of forests, mountains and streams or by occasional heavy rains. The Peak Wilderness Mountain range has always amazed me. The vast forest ranges covering the misty mountains reaching…

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Searching for the Santa Marta Toro: A tale of a Roach & a Rat

Off the coast of northern Colombia lies a formidable mountain, which towers over the small Caribbean city of Santa Marta. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (SNSM) is the tallest coastal mountain range in the world, rising from sea level to over 5,700 m. Older than the Andes, the Sierra Nevada’s dramatic topography has made this mountain the crown jewel of the Colombian coastline. Aside from its majestic beauty, the SNSM boasts high levels of cultural and biological diversity. There…

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Searching for the Southern Sea Otter

This is an oldie but goodie for the Lost and Found archives. In a letter dated February 2nd, 1915 to the California Department of Fish and Game, lighthouse keeper John W. Astrom reported on a small southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) population of the coast of Big Sur. Little did Mr. Astrom know that his observations would help launch one of the greatest and most iconic conservation success stories in history. A few decades later, in the June 1938…

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Worth losing a finger for: the Anatolian meadow viper

The Anatolian meadow viper was always an enigmatic species. It belongs to the same group as many widespread vipers, such  as the common adder. However, unlike the common adder, which is distributed across Europe and Northern Asia, the Anatolian meadow viper lives only at the top of the Ciglikara mountain plateau, in south-west Turkey. Since the species discovery, in 1969, only five individuals have ever been found. Its discovery triggered the curiosity of researchers as this species is one of…

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Meet the Lost & Found team: Amy Gallagher

Amy Gallagher (also known as Amiluu) is a UK based freelance illustrator, greeting card designer, and comic artist. Her style is playful and charming; often using themes of humour and cheekiness to create engaging imagery. ¬Her other interests lie in food (and lots of it) Tove Jansson, fitness, animation and games. She loves her dog Finn. What interested you in the Lost and Found project? I’m an animal lover and comic artist, so when I was approached by Diogo to…

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Lost and Found

Loss, decline and extinction: some of the most common topics of conversation in the more than 15 years that we have spent talking about nature conservation. It is true that today the natural world faces great threats, but that should not keep us from finding hope in those few stories that can illustrate just how far a passion for nature can take those passionate enough. And who does not love a good adventure?

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