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Tufted Capuchin © Emilio White

90% of this rainforest was destroyed. We’re...

Fri, 22/11/2019
The Amazon’s plight, while serious, pales in comparison to that wrought on South America’s other great rainforest, the Atlantic. Over 90% of its original coverage has disappeared over the last century – but BirdLife Partners are working to safeguard what remains.
An artist's impression of the Amazon fires this summer © OSORIOartist / Shutterstock

Amazon fires: what happens next?

Thu, 21/11/2019
Images of raging forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon sparked worldwide condemnation during August. Several Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas have suffered – this in a country that had been lauded for its conversion from environmental villain to conservation hero. How has this happened?
The Seven-colored Tanager is Vulnerable to extinction due to forest loss © Ciro Albano

Brazil’s Atlantic forest: putting the pieces back...

Mon, 04/11/2019
Surrounded by a sea of cattle ranches and sugarcane plantations, a few ‘islands’ of Atlantic Forest remain. By establishing a private reserve and working with local people to connect forest fragments, SAVE Brasil is showing that it is possible to turn the tide on extinction.
Just 7% of the original Atlantic forest remains. Pictured: San Rafael © Mily Corleone

How a shade-grown traditional tea is protecting...

Fri, 01/11/2019
In San Rafael National Park, conservationists and local people are transforming a ‘paper park’ into community-owned forest surrounded by shade-grown yerba mate agroforestry. This new business venture is set to become self-sustaining, ensuring a bright future for forest and people alike.
Flores Island, Indonesia © Toni Wöhrl

Indonesia’s sustainable candlenut farms: lighting...

Wed, 30/10/2019
Mbeiling forest in Flores, Indonesia is home to a wealth of wildlife including the Komodo Dragon. Our ‘mbelievable’ investment in micro-finance, community ownership and agroforestry is ensuring this unique landscape keeps blooming in the future.
© Mironov / Shutterstock

"Our forests are dying" - here's...

Tue, 27/08/2019
You have probably heard the devastating news about the fires currently destroying the Amazon rainforest – the result of forest protection laws being rapidly dismantled. BirdLife has joined 48 other NGOs demanding immediate and lasting action from the governments of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.
An artist's impression of the new marmoset species, 'Mico munduruku' © Stephen Nash

New monkey species discovered in rapidly-...

Fri, 09/08/2019
The marmoset was discovered in the south-west of Pará State in Brazil, Amazon’s ‘arc of deforestation’. The researcher who lead the study warns that we already need to be concerned about its survival.
White-rumped Vulture © Vickey Chauhan / Shutterstock

Local people protect Nepal lake by welcoming...

Tue, 06/08/2019
How are the Tharu community helping to protect their lake and the rare birds that live there? Why not visit them and find out! Thanks to an innovative homestay programme, wildlife lovers the world over are flocking to the area, helping wildlife and people as they do.
Rufous-headed Hornbill © Haribon Foundation

Critically Endangered hornbill becomes community...

Tue, 06/08/2019
In the Philippines, the Rufous-headed Hornbill has been driven to the brink of extinction by hunting and deforestation. But thanks to a new project, it is celebrated among local people, and has kicked off a movement to restore the area’s forests.
From 1952 - 1985, there were no confirmed sightings of the Gurney's Pitta © Boonchay Promjiam

Gurney's Pitta: lost and found - and lost...

Tue, 15/01/2019
Once thought to be lost forever, the Gurney’s Pitta has dodged extinction several times over the decades. Now, confined to Myanmar and beset by habitat destruction and civil unrest, it may be running out of chances.
The Sokoke Scops Owl weighs only 2 ounces (57g) and is the smallest Scops Owl © John Mwcharo

Irreplaceable: Dakatcha Woodland, Kenya

Mon, 23/07/2018
It’s a refuge for Endangered species found at only a handful of other sites. It stores rainwater, traps carbon and even regulates the local climate. But this unique and globally important forest has no formal protection. Read what’s being done in the fight to secure its survival.
The island's rugged landscape protects birds such as the Newton's Sunbird from human influence © Lars Petersson

Exploring "African Galapagos" uncovers...

Fri, 06/04/2018
Conservationists braved the mountainous landscape of São Tomé Island in the first ever comprehensive study of three elusive bird species, with fascinating results. But their findings also highlight the urgent need for better management of the Natural Park.

World first: Rhinoceros Hornbills give artificial...

Mon, 26/02/2018
In 2017, the Conservation Leadership Programme granted a Future Conservationist Award to Ravinder Kaur and her team to help improve breeding opportunities for Malaysian hornbills. Ravinder describes the team's exciting observations, and their progress in designing the perfect nest box.
The Blue-eyed Cockatoo depends on the large, hollow trees of untouched forest © Tobias

Are we too late to save the elusive birds of this...

Mon, 05/02/2018
New Britain's birds are among the least known to science. A group of researchers ventured into the island's unforgiving wilderness to find out how these species were coping with the loss of their forest. They found that some had adapted - but many more need urgent protection before it's too late.
Cherry-throated Tanager © Ciro Albano

Ravaged by deforestation - but a new refuge...

Wed, 17/05/2017
A newly-created nature reserve in Brazil's ravaged Atlantic Forest will protect one of the last strongholds of the highly-threatened Cherry-throated Tanager.
Jaguar approaching © Eric Kilby

Tracking jaguars in Paraguay’s hot, dry Chaco...

Tue, 10/01/2017
400 camera traps are being set up across the Chaco Plains of South America, to reveal the damage deforestation is having on the mammals who stalk this untamed region.
Marvellous Spatuletail © Daniel Rosengren

7 stunning forest birds we could soon lose forever

Mon, 14/11/2016
A handful of the vibrant, diverse species whose continued survival is threatened by the loss of forest habitats.