Environment Forum

Primate spotting: a new brand of eco-tourism?

August 5, 2008

A Ring Tail lemur sits on a leaf at the Lemurs Park, a private eco-tourism enterprise which hosts nine species, at 22 km (14 miles) from Antananarivo December 5, 2006. The lemurs, which are found only on Madagascar, are an endangered species due mainly to deforestation and hunting in the Indian Ocean island. REUTERS/Radu Sigheti (MADAGASCAR)A scientist who claims the world record for spotting the most types of primates wants more challengers — via a new brand of eco-tourism that might stave off extinction for many apes, monkeys and lemurs.

Can Indiana Jones help save tigers?

June 10, 2008

World Bank President Robert Zoellick (L) and actor Harrison Ford take part in the launch of the Tiger Conservation Initiative at the National Zoo in Washington June 9, 2008. The initiative will bring together wildlife experts, scientists and governments to try to halt the killing and thriving illegal trade in tiger skins, meat and body parts used in traditional Asian medicines. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES)Indiana Jones and the World Bank sound like an odd couple to get anything done (“Quick, shoot that robber!” “Wait, we have to do a two-year feasibility study first!”) but are part of a new alliance trying to save the world’s tigers. (Read my colleague Leslie Wroughton’s fine story here)