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June 2020

Signs of hope for the world’s rarest primate

The Hainan black-crested gibbon is the world’s rarest primate. Once abundant throughout China, the population of these graceful tree-dwelling apes collapsed because of habitat loss and poaching. They are now found only in one small area of Hainan Island, the Bawangling Nature Reserve. When Seacology launched our first project in China to protect this critical […]

June 2020

Duane Silverstein talks islands, COVID-19, and missing travel with Wild Earth Expeditions

Wild Earth Expeditions, based in Australia, organizes unique tours to fascinating destinations around the world. A longtime travel partner of Seacology, it has helped us put together unforgettable trips to our project sites in Tonga, Sri Lanka, and other island nations. While international tourism is on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Wild Earth is […]

May 2020

Seacology field rep, marooned on a remote island, drums up a new project

Pandemic-related travel and meeting restrictions have made it tough for Seacology’s field representatives—the two dozen people who help us develop projects around the world—to keep working with island communities. But Vineeta Hoon, our field rep for India and Bangladesh, didn’t complain when India’s strict travel ban meant she couldn’t leave an isolated island for more […]

May 2020

Manatees and dugongs: saving serene sirenians

You’ve probably heard of manatees – the gentle marine mammals that live in warm waters from Florida to South America and graze on underwater vegetation. But what about their cousins, dugongs? They look similar at first glance, but manatees have round, paddle-shaped tails, while dugong tails are notched like a whale’s. Dugongs are found in […]

May 2020

Check out our 2019 annual report

Last year, we began 18 new projects, including our first in Guatemala. It was the final year of our first nationwide project, protecting Sri Lanka’s mangroves. Our work drew awards and attention in international media. And we recognized a champion of Borneo’s rainforests with the Seacology Prize. All this while carefully managing the funds our […]

May 2020

Dominican partners patrol lagoon to rescue flamingos

This article was written in Spanish by members of Grupo Jaragua, our local partner in our project at the Dominican Republic’s Oviedo Lagoon. It has been translated, edited, and re-posted with their permission. Guides and captains of AGUINAOVI: Heroes of the flamingos and guardians of the mangroves of the Oviedo Lagoon In these difficult times, […]

May 2020

Furry flying friends

Bats have long had a bad reputation. Popular culture–think vampire movies and Halloween decorations–links these nocturnal flying mammals to all things spooky. More recently, they have been suspected of being a host of the virus that causes COVID-19. But bats help humans far more than they hurt them–and actually help fight the spread of lethal […]

May 2020

Conservation and COVID-19—what’s the connection?

Right now, all of us–individuals and our governments—are focused on immediate, life-and-death concerns. We need to act fast to stop the spread of a very contagious and dangerous virus, take care of the sick (and those who care for them), and help families struggling because of economic upheaval. At a time like this, protecting the […]

April 2020

Why Seacology? A Q&A with Board President Doug Herst

Doug Herst has served on Seacology’s board of directors for 19 years and is a generous donor to our organization. In part one of our Q&A with Herst, who is the current board president, he discusses why he continues to support Seacology after nearly two decades.

April 2020

Seacology supports sea turtles’ race for survival

As divers and snorkelers around the world know, few things rival the experience of seeing a sea turtle up close. The enormous reptiles–the largest of which can grow up to six feet long and weigh three-quarters of a ton–glide through the water with otherworldly ease. And on a nesting beach, one can witness the miracle […]