Making shrimp farming sustainable (video)

An in-depth look at one figure in the shrimp farming industry, Linda Thorton, who is helping with efforts to create standards for environmentally sustainable shrimp production. Shrimp farming has been a target of environmentalists for links to mangrove destruction and pollution, among other impacts.

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Series of films explore challenges in Monteverde cloud forest (videos)

A new series of 11 films looks back on the last 50 years of history in the Monteverde cloud forest in Costa Rica, and looks forward to the future. According to Monteverde Now website: “‘Monteverde Now’ gives you access to place where change cannot be ignored-Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest. It is a collection of 11 short films about people who live and work in one of our planet’s most diverse and delicate...

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Photos: green basilisk

A green basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) escapes onto a branch from a stream in Costa Rica. Photos by Rhett A. Butler. More photos of green...

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Photo: eye to eye
Mar07

Photo: eye to eye

An emerald star? A disco ball? No, it’s the iris of a mountain lion in Belize. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.

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Photo: the lovely gray-necked wood rail
Mar03

Photo: the lovely gray-necked wood rail

The gray-necked wood rail (Aramides cajanea) can be found from Mexico south to Argentina. This individual was photographed in Costa Rica. The bird is classified as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Photo by Rhett A....

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Photo: Critically Endangered Mexican spider monkey with baby
Feb27

Photo: Critically Endangered Mexican spider monkey with baby

The Mexican spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi vellerosus), a subspecies of Geoffroy’s spider monkey, is classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Surviving in Mexico and parts of Central America, the species has been decimated by habitat loss. These shots were taken in Mexico. Photos by: Rhett A....

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Photo: close-up baby caiman
Feb09

Photo: close-up baby caiman

Close-up of a baby caiman in Costa Rica. Photos by Rhett A. Butler.

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Golden-fronted woodpecker
Nov17

Golden-fronted woodpecker

A lovely golden-fronted woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) in Guatemala. This species is also present in Texas and Oklahoma of the US. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. Click to see more photos of Guatemala.

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Rehabilitating a kinkajou
Nov07

Rehabilitating a kinkajou

A kinkajou (Potos flavus)–also known as a honey bear or cat monkey–being rehabilitated in Costa Rica. Despite it’s many creative monikers, the kinkajou is most closely related to raccoons and coatis in the eclectic and omnivorous Procyonidae family. The kinkajou is classified as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List, although it is thought the population, which spreads from Central to South America, is in decline. Photo...

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Masked frog croaking
Nov03

Masked frog croaking

Masked frog (Smilisca phaeota) croaking in a pool in Costa Rica. This species is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Photo by: Rhett Butler .

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Up-close with a crab-eating raccoon
Oct13

Up-close with a crab-eating raccoon

A crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorous) in Panama. Photo by Rhett A. Butler, 2007. Up-close and personal with a crab-eating raccoon in Soberania National Park in Panama. Shorter fur than the common raccoon makes it look smaller. The crab-eating raccoon is not threatened. To see more photos of mammals in...

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