Biodiversity and Conservation
The Guardian, January 2016
The aerial shooting of five coyotes on the now infamous Hammond ranch in Oregon cost taxpayers more than $11,000. Critics of Wildlife Services say that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Over the course of his nearly four-decade career, Álvaro Cogollo has discovered more than 150 new species of plants, 17 of which bear his name. He has won numerous awards for his research and mentored many young biologists. Now, Cogollo, director of the Medellin Botanical Garden, is teaching Colombians from all social classes and backgrounds about the importance of biodiversity and conservation through their shared musical heritage.
Now that Colombia has boosted security in Las Orquídeas National Park, ecological researchers are able to investigate a region that could be more diverse than the Amazon.