Mammalwatching: The Podcast

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Charles Foley and Jon Hall talk to mammalwatchers, biologists, conservationists and those with a passion for observing and protecting the world’s wild mammals. Episodes will be released every two weeks or so. Look for “mammalwatching” (one word) on your podcast platform.

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We interview Dr Robert Shumaker, the President and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo. Rob is a renowned expert on primate cognition (i.e. primate behaviour and intelligence),  a widely published scientist, and a leader in the zoo world. He talks to us about his fascinating research on Great Ape cognition and the very fine line between the abilities of humans and other apes. Rob discusses the future of zoos in the US and the rapidly expanding conservation efforts of the Indianapolis Zoo, and tells enthralling tales of orangutans outwitting both him and their keepers.

Notes: You can learn more about the Indianapolis Prize here and the Emerging Conservationist Awards here. The work of the Global Centre for Species Survival, a partnership between the Indianapolis Zoo and the IUCN Species Survival Commission can be seen here. Cover art: Orangutan by Ian Nicholls.

December 25 1914: as World War I is raging, British and German troops along the frontline lay down their rifles, and cross the trenches to play a friendly football match.

September 2022: the mammalwatching podcast brings a second, arguably greater, testament to the human ability to heal wounds, cross divides and search for peace despite many years of conflict. Yes, Charles and Jon lay down their binoculars to reach out across the barbed wire and welcome a birder onto this podcast.

And not just any birder: we are joined from the Netherlands by Arjan Dwarshuis who holds the world Big Birding Year record for his epic 40 country and 6852 species trip in 2016. A professional birder, Arjan is an author, very successful podcaster and conservation champion.

In a (worryingly!) enjoyable chat we talk about some of Arjan’s favourite mammal sightings, his Big Year and why birding is now officially cool.

It would be crass to put ourselves forward. But if you are inspired there are Nobel Peace Prize nomination forms here. The three of us are ready to share the award   https://www.nobelprize.org/nomination/peace/

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Arjan’s website has links to his popular podcast (in Dutch), his book (coming in English soon) and much more including a trailer to the film about his Big Year. Here is an interview with him just after he broke the record.

Jon’s report from his Borneo trip is here.  If you would like to join the mamamlwatching meeting in Spain – including joining remotely on Sunday 2 October – some more details are here. A report from Charles’s Gabon trip should appear here before too long. Cover art: Arjan Dwarshuis by Friso Boven.

Marc Bozon suggested that we ask Arjan onto the podcast and then made the introduction. Thanks Marc!

Season 1

Charles and Jon interview the original Batman,  Dr Merlin Tuttle, from his home in Austin, Texas. Merlin has spent 60 years studying – and working to help – bats around the world and his photos and research have been featured in multiple National Geographic articles, the journal Science, and many other places. He founded and led Bat Conservation International for nearly 30 years, left BCI, then founded Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation in 2014 where he remains active. He is a true legend.

In a fascinating chat we hear about his skill in training bats (and one bat’s particular skill in training Merlin), and how he believes the secret to conservation success is from trying to win friends not battles. He also remembers that time he risked being eaten by a pride of lions so he could photograph a bat with a Mohican haircut.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Merlin Tuttle’s website has a wealth of bat information. Of course it does! We loved looking through Merlin’s stunning collection of bat photographs and most of the species he mentioned can be found by searching in the MTBC Photo gallery. Here are pictures of the Chaerephon chapini in Zimbabwe, during the hunt for which he had to hide from Lions. Here is the little Hardwicke’s Wooly Bat which demanded to be fed in Borneo (and this is the video Merlin mentioned). And here is a scorpion-hunting Pallid Bat from the USA. Many other links are here, including one to join Merlin Tuttle’s Bat Conservation (MTBC) or donate to support the very important work they do.

You might be interested in joining MTBC as a member to get updates, or joining Merlin in an upcoming bat research trip to Zambia’s beautiful Kasanka National Park this November: a few spots are still available https://www.merlintuttle.org/bats-of-kasanka-national-park-mtbc-2022/. Cover art: Merlin Tuttle calling a Little big-eared bat to his hand for mealworms.

From binoculars to bat detectors, and from thermal scopes to thermarest pillows, we all have our own preferences for mammalwatching gear. We are joined by Charles Hood and Fiona Reid to discuss the kit we use and share some packing hacks that can make life a little more comfortable on a trip ….. because any fool can be uncomfortable in the bush!

We had so much to talk about we decided to split this episode into 2 parts, though we didn’t make a video.

Notes: Here is a list of some of the gear we about. And here are the exhibitors at the USA’s National Rifle Association annual conference in 2022. Cover art – Travelling Light – by Charles Foley.

We interview Tony Friend, legendary West Australian mammalogist, from his home in Albany, Australia. Tony talks about almost 40 years of work to save some of West Australia’s iconic and wonderfully-named mammals including species like the Chudditch, Woylie and Dibbler. (And if you want to know what they look like you’ll need to listen!) Tony talks about the rediscovery in the mid 1990s of Gilbert’s Potoroo, a rabbit-sized kangaroo that was thought extinct for 100 years, that was hiding in plain sight. And he describes his role in ensuring that this, the world’s rarest marsupial, survives today.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: you can read more here about West Australian mammalwatching. Tony mentions local  mammal watcher Jimmy Lamb and his Instagram feed is also well worth a visit. You can learn  about Western Australia’s Western Shield program to remove foxes and cats here. Cover art: Noolbenger or Honey Possum by Rob McLean.

We interview Rob Foster from his home in Ontario, Canada about his work in the Canadian boreal forests and his frequent run-ins with Black and Grizzly bears. He describes an astonishing encounter with a predatory Black bear that he fought off for over 45 minutes in the back-woods with only a single can of bear spray and a pocket knife. He also dispenses good advice on how to protect yourself from bears if you are alone in the woods.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Rob has a huge number of entries from his survey work on iNaturalist. The newspaper article highlighting Rob’s fight with the black bear is here. There are many trip reports on looking for Spectacled bears and Mountain tapirs on mammalwatching’s Ecuador page. Cover art – American black bear – by Dr. Rob Foster.

We interview British economist turned conservationist Terry Townshend from his home in Beijing about the work he has done over the past 12 years in China and some of the mammals he has encountered along the way. Terry describes stumbling on the Valley of the Cats, and its Snow Leopards, thanks to two students who overslept their alarm. He explains why he thinks Tibetan people are some of the happiest and wealthiest on earth. And he recalls a mesmerizing encounter with a family of Pallas’s Cats was the best birthday present ever.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: You can read more about the work of the Paulson Institute here and the ShanShui Conservation Center here or on Facebook. More information on the Valley of the Cats is here. Terry also runs the Birding Beijing site which also includes information on mammals.  Don’t forget the very many reports from China on mammalwatching.com. Terry also mentioned Sid Francis, a mammalwatching guide in Chengdu, as the best source of advice on Giant Pandas. You can email him here. Cover art: Pallas’s Cat by Terry Townshend.

We interview world famous Danish mammalogist turned wildlife photographer Mogens Trolle from his home in Copenhagen. Mogens talks about the philosophy that underpins his photography and choice of subjects,  as  well as his earlier work as a wildlife guide then researcher in Brazil. He describes greeting a herd of 3000 migrating Saiga on the Russian steppes and coming face to face with a Jaguar in the Brazilian Pantanal. And he explains why the most sociable primates have the most interesting faces.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: The major focus of Mogen’s photography in recent years has been primates and his photo of a Proboscis Monkey – The Pose – won the Animal Portraits category of the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook and see more of his wildlife portraits on his homepage. He’s also published books on the wildlife of Africa, Greenland and the Galapagos (in Danish), as well as several mammalwatching reports including Mandrills in Gabon and Saiga Antelope on the Russian steppes. This is Charles’s report on Lynxes in Minnesota, and here is Jon’s on his Transylvanian Lynx. Cover art: Mandrill by Mogens Trolle.

Charles and Jon interview Chris & Mathilde Stuart – renowned wildlife researchers and authors – from their farm in South Africa. The Stuarts have had the sort of life many mammalwatchers can only dream of, searching and surveying for wildlife in much of Africa and beyond, including areas which had barely been studied before they arrived. They have written about 30 books and several apps over their long career. During this episode they explain how much work is involved in writing their field guides (answer: a lot!). Chris talks about rediscovering the Arabian Tahr in the United Arab Emirates, and Mathilde explains why her willingness to fill her pockets with frogs and small mammals was key to their budding romance.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Chris and Mathilde’s books are available in many book stores worldwide. Several of their books and apps have been reviewed on mammalwatching.com. Todd Pusser, who showed Charles and Jon a Red Wolf, a Golden Mouse and other North Carolinan mammals, takes wonderful photographs too.

Charles and Jon interview Regina Ribeiro, arguably Brazil’s top mammalwatching guide. Regina talks about her journey to become one of Brazil’s first female wildlife guides, and runs through her own list of the Brazilian Big 5. She also talks about what can go wrong when you have to take a minibus along the Transpantaneira.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Many trip reports featuring Regina are on mammalwatching’s Brazil page, including Jon’s first trip to Brazil in 2007. Information from the citizen science report on Jaguar’s that Regina mentioned is here.  Cover art: Pantanal Jaguar, by Regina Ribeiro.

We talk with Vladimir Dinets, naturalist extraordinaire, about his adventures travelling the world searching for wildlife. We hear about a quest to Pakistan to be the first biologist to see a Woolly Flying Squirrel in the wild; and how 48 hours inside a Mexican hollow tree is the perfect place to recover from the flu and look for black Jaguars. And he remembers his first near death encounter,  when a 14 year old Vladimir had to battle a monster bear in Siberia. Plus we hear from Howard Frederick about the animal behind his recording of the  mystery mammal in episode 18.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Vladimir has a ton of trip reports up on mammalwatching.com : just search for “Dinets”.  He has many more adventures and reports on his own website. Vladimir has written several books including Dragon Songs about his work with crocodilians, and guides to finding the mammals of North America and Japan. Cover Art: Vladimir Dinets in Siberia, 1997.

On New Year’s Eve 2021, Ellesmere and Sierra Foley sat down with Patrick and Katy Hall to reflect on the highs and lows of growing up in a mammalwatching world. Ellesmere reveals the real reason to visit the Louvre, and Patrick gives tips on how to stare down a Tassie Devil. Sierra has an overly-close encounter with leeches. And Katy makes a shocking confession about feeling “lucky” to have had a mammalwatching childhood!

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Plus see if you can identify a mysterious mammal call that Charles plays at the start of the episode. More than 99% of mammalwatchers won’t know the answer.

Notes: If you think you know what animal made the mysterious noises that Charles played at the start of the podcast please email us at mammalwatching@gmail.com. Cover art: from left to right, Ellesmere, Sierra, Katy and Patrick on New Year’s Eve, by Lara Foley.

Charles and Jon interview Bob Pitman, a marine ecologist from Oregon who has recently retired after spending more than 40 years working with the USA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Bob has seen more cetacean species than anyone else on the planet – over 80 species of whales and dolphins in the wild – and has only a handful left to find. During a fascinating interview Bob discusses some of his work researching Killer Whales including the day he had a snowball fight with a pod of Orcas. He also talks about memorable encounters with mythical species like Pygmy Right Whales and the ghosts of the seas: the beaked whales.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Here is a video of Bob working with Killer and Minke Whales in Antarctica. While this page has great images and information on Bob’s September 2021 expedition off of Oregon, where the cetaceans included Hubb’s and Baird’s Beaked Whales. Cover art: Bob Pitman looking for beaked whales off of Oregon in 2021, by Todd Pusser.

We interview Vivek Menon founder and Executive Director of the Wildlife Trust of India. Vivek is a distinguished conservationist, scientist and author of the Field Guide to Indian Mammals (required reading for any mammalwatcher heading to the sub-continent). During more than 30 years of conservation work Vivek has had many adventures around the world. He talks about getting drenched while kayaking alongside breaching Humpback Whales, being pounced on by Clouded Leopards and having a Chimp decorate his head with parts of a colobus monkey.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Vivek is founder and Executive Director of the Wildlife Trust of India and here is a video about his field guide to Indian mammals. This is a nice article on the wildlife of Manas National Park. Follow Vivek on Twitter and Instagram @vivek4wild. Charles talked about fluorescent mammals and here is a piece on this phenomenon from the New York Times. Cover art: Vivek and Himalayan Black Bears, by Amrit Noel Menon.

We interview Nils Bouillard, a young Belgian biologist who specializes in bat acoustics. In 2019 Nils set out to spend a year traveling the world to try to record as many bat species as possible. His Big Bat Year, the first of its kind, took him across 6 continents and 400 bat species. Nils talks about what drew him to bats and a Big Bat Year, and the many adventures he has had along the way including that time he caught bats with a Sinaloan drug cartel looking on.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Nils’s new company – Barbastella Echology – is here. And here is an interview about his Big Bat Year. If you are interested in getting to know more about bats, and helping to conserve them, there might be a local bat group in your area.Bat Conservation International also has some useful resources. Wikipedia has information about the Hero Shrew that Charles talked about. Cover art: Yellow-winged Bat, Nils Bouillard.

We interview Wendy Panaino from the field in South Africa, about her research on one of Africa’s rarest, most endangered and most endearing mammals: the Ground (Cape) Pangolin. Wendy’s ground breaking research means she probably knows more about this species than anyone in the world and she shares some of her findings with us, including an explanation of how one even starts to study an animal this hard to find. Wendy also describes some of the other fascinating mammal species that she encounters, nonchalantly shrugging off the perils of spending nights alone wandering through the Kalahari desert following pangolins and avoiding lions.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Information on the Tswalu Reserve is here, and on the Tsawlu Foundation is here along with an interview with Wendy on their website. Bruce Young’s Eye of the Pangolin film, featuring footage of Wendy at work, is on YouTube. Some of the discussion on Facebook about “when is a species truly wild” is copied into the comments section of the last podcast episode announcement on mammalwatching.com. Cover art: Ground Pangolin, Wendy Panaino.

We interview Tomer Ben-Yehuda and Alex Meyer, two 30-something mammalwatching friends about their adventures and misadventures around the world. We cover the full spectrum of mammalwatching emotions: the thrill of seeing a White-bellied Pangolin in the Central African Republic; the blissful relief of a last minute Maned Wolf sighting in Brazil, and the agony of standing on top of a nest of biting ants while waiting for a porcupine to reveal itself. Plus Tomer finally reveals the shocking truth behind why he and Alex earned the nickname “The Hard Boys” in Uganda.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Tomer has a lot of trip reports on mammalwatching.com (just search for “Tomer” on the site). But here is his Uganda report and his report from the Central African Republic. And here is Jon’s account of the Snow Leopard trip he and Charles took with Tomer. Alex’s reports include Uganda in 2021, Zambia in 2019 and Kenya in 2021. Here is some more information on plans to reintroduce European Bison in Europe that Charles mentioned, and this is a report of the Sakertours Romania trip that Jon talked about. Cover art: Tomer (back) & Alex (front) in Uganda.

We interview Russ Mittermeier, world famous author, mammalogist, conservationist and primate watcher. Russ takes us on a trip from a Tarzan-loving kid watching monkeys at the Bronx Zoo to a Tarzan-loving scientist discovering new species of primates in the jungles of the Amazon and Madagascar, and becoming the first person to see all 80 genera of primate in the wild. We hear about why mammalwatching is a force for conservation good, the thrill of coming face to face with a Tiger on his first day in the forests of South-east Asia, and how tales of Yetis inspired Russ’s hunt for a White Uakari.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Russ has achieved too much to summarise in a few notes. But here goes. He has been awarded over a dozen significant prizes and medals including the 2018 Indianapolis Prize in recognition of “his major victories in protecting animal species and vital habitats.” He has written over 750 articles, plus 43 books and counting, including being closely involved as both author and editor of the Handbook of the Mammals of the World series and the Lemurs of Madagascar. In 2019 the BBC’s natural history unit accompanied Russ on a trip to Tanzania to spot a Kipunji, the only primate genus he had not seen in the wild. Here is the Lincoln Park Zoo’s new lion exhibit that Charles mentioned. Cover art: White Uakari by Luiz Claudio Marigo.

We talk to Lisa Dabek, senior Conservation Scientist at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, and Founder and Director of the globally renowned Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Lisa has received numerous awards and accolades for her work. The most recent include two from the IUCN. In 2019 she won their prestigious George Rabb award for conservation which she received in 2019 ‘In recognition of her outstanding leadership and innovation in the conservation of one of the most overlooked groups of mammal species, the amazing tree kangaroos, and her over three decade commitment to conservation and local people in Papua New Guinea’. And just last month – September 2021 – she was awarded the IUCN’s Harold Jefferson Coolidge Memorial Medal given to individuals who have made ‘internationally significant contributions to effective conservation’.

We discuss Lisa’s remarkable success in setting up PNG’s first conservation area, and working with local communities to protect the superb mammals it contains. She also explains how difficult it is to see, let alone study, tree kangaroos, especially when someone with a score to settle just cast a spell on you.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Here is information on the Woodland Park Zoo Tree Kangaroo Projectand this is Lisa’s latest book on Tree Kangaroos: Science and Conservation. Some reports on mammalwatching in Papua New Guinea are here, and here is a videofrom the BBC on Dingiso, Jon’s favourite Tree Kangaroo. You can nominate a young (<40 years old) conservationist for the Indianapolis Prize Emerging Conservationist Award here. Cover art: Lisa and a Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo by Jonathan Byers.

We interview Martin Royle about the vision behind his ecotour company Royle Safaris. We talk about how much work has gone into designing tours that actually see (rather than search for) Javan Rhinos and Siberian Tigers, plus the cascading conservation benefits that come from small scale ecotourism. And we hear about some of Martin’s adventures along the way, including that time he thought a Tiger had eaten his friend.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Martin has a heap of trip reports on mammalwatching.com, just search for “Royle”, including a 2018 trip to Java, and 2017 in Sibera. If you want to read about – or donate to – the Trees for Tigers non-profit then click here. And here is something from the BBC about Spain’s rogue Orcas. Cover art – Siberian Tiger – by Alexander Batalov.

We interview father and son Hari and Venkat Sankar about their mammalwatching adventures at home in California and around the world. We talk about how Venkat got the mammalwatching bug when he was 14 after a very close encounter with Wild Dogs; Venkat’s love for rats and bats; and how their relationship survived the Puma that Hari saw but Venkat didn’t.

Here is the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Venkat has many trip reports on mammalwatching.com including Kenya & Tanzania, 2013; Central African Republic, 2015; lots of information on California; and several ground breaking Mexican tripsplus his epic July 2021 Kenya trip. Here is more information on Pousargue’s Mongoose. Cover art – African Wild Dogs – by Venkat Sankar.

In this two part interview, we talk with George Schaller, widely regarded as the planet’s greatest living field biologist.

Some follow a career in wildlife biology and dream of discovering new species. Others of uncovering new information on our most charismatic animals. While some yearn to make a genuine impact on conservation. George Schaller has made enormous contributions in all of these areas in a career spanning 70 years.

His pioneering work with Mountain Gorillas showed the world for the first time that they were a gentle – not savage – species, and it paved the way for Dian Fossey to begin her work. He went on to work with a set of mammalwatching bucket list species from Snow Leopards and Tigers through Giant Pandas and Gobi Bears. In the early 1990s he helped discover the Saola – the “Asian unicorn” – in Laos, and one of the most remarkable species discoveries of the 20th Century. He has also helped set up over 20 protected areas including the 200,000 square mile Changtang Nature Reserve on the Tibetan plateau.

He has won countless awards and written 15 books, one of which – on Lions – won the USA’s National Book Award. Legendary does not do him justice.

Notes: This is a two part interview. Here is an article on Schaller’s life and career. He has written hundreds of magazine articles and Op Eds, like this one with Peter Zahler (who we interviewed in Episode 6 of this podcast) and there are many more references in his wikipedia entry. Here is short video about his many achievements.His latest book, Into Wild Mongolia, is published by Yale. Here is more information on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s work to protect the few Saola that may be left in Laos and Vietnam. Cover art Part 1: a local herdsman and George Schaller with a Snow Leopard they are about to radio collar in Mongolia. Cover Art Part 2: Schaller and a Giant Panda.

We interview José G. Martínez-Fonseca about his journey from part-time bat catcher in Nicaragua to studying for his PhD in biology in Arizona. Highlights include some of his legendary exploits in the field, risking life and limb to capture mammals on the move for the greater good of science and mammalwatchers everywhere.

Here’s the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Here is an account of Jose catching the Rufous Tree Rat. This is Fiona Reid’s report of the trip on which Jose caught the Water Opossum. And Jon’s report of his 86 mammal week with Jose in Nicaragua. There are dozens of trip reports on looking for Iberian Lynxes in Andujar on mammalwatching’s Spain page. Cover art – Water Opossum, or Yapok – by José G. Martínez-Fonseca.

We interview Peter Zahler about 35 years’ work conserving wildlife in the field around the world. Some of his many achievements include his work in Pakistan where he ran a world-renowned project to save the Markhor from extinction, and rediscovered the Woolly Flying Squirrel, a beast no scientist had seen for 70 years.

Here’s the YouTube trailer.

Notes: Here is more information about Prairie Dog communication that Charles mentioned. This is a piece on the Woolly Flying Squirrel in Pakistan, and this is another on Markhors. Plus a review of the Canon R6 camera. Cover art – Markhor Survey, Pakistan – by Peter Zahler.

We interview scientist, author, artist and tour operator Fiona Reid about a lifetime catching, painting and studying some of the world’s least known mammals. Highlights include bat glamour makeover tips, how to photograph a flying fox’s teeth and why a plane crash is much more frightening if you’ve checked your luggage.

A video trailer is here.

Notes: Fiona’s lodge in Costa Rica is called Sylvan. The fierce bat in Papua New Guinea she mentioned was a Black-bellied Fruit Bat (Melonycteris melanops). While the rare bats she captured in Costa Rica were Smoky (Sheath-tailed) Bats (Cyttarops alecto). Here is some more on the elephants walking across China that Charles talked about. And this is the Napo Wildlife Centre where Jon recently stayed. Cover art – Smoky Bat, Cyttarops alecto – by Fiona Reid.

Episode 4, 18 June, 2021. We interview scientist and conservationist Dr Tim Davenport from his base in Tanzania about his many mammalian achievements and adventures during 30 years in Africa. Highlights include a Giant Pangolin rodeo, a flatulent gorilla, and his key role in discovering the Kipunji monkey in Tanzania: one of the most exciting mammalian discoveries of the past 100 years.

A video trailer is here.

Notes: Here is a piece + video from CNN on Tim’s work with Kipunji. And here is an article on Magawa, the landmine sniffing rat. Cover photo – Kipunji – by Tim Davenport.

Episode 3, June 1 2021. An interview with Jon Hall about 30 years of mammalwatching and 16 years of mammalwatching.com, seeing a Giant Panda in the wild, and looking for Markhors while hiding from the Taliban.

A video trailer is here.

Notes: Jon’s report for Pakistan (2011), China (2005) and Gabon (2018). There are hundreds more on mammalwatching.com. His mammal-rich letter to Father Christmas is here. And here’s a video of him talking about the links between mammalwatching and happiness. Cover photo – Jon’s Giant Panda – by Mr Zhang (Foping Nature Reserve).

Episode 2, May 18, 2021. We interview Cheryl Antonucci about her love of primates, the mountains of Ethiopia and why more women don’t have a mammal list. Don’t miss her encounter with some drunk gorillas.

A video trailer is here.

Notes: Cheryl’s trip reports include Panama (2016), Ecuador (2015) and the Sea of Okhotsk (2016) . For more information on Crested Rats see this paper and this one. This is Tyler Davis’s video of a Crested Rat that Charles mentioned. There are some great photos here from the Ethiopian mountains including Bale Monkeys and Ethiopian Wolves. Here is Jon’s report on seeing the gorillas in Rwanda. Cover photo – a drunk Mountain Gorilla – by Cheryl Antonucci.

Episode 1, May 6, 2021. We interview Professor Mac Hunter about a lifetime researching and watching mammals, and his 30 year quest to see every family of vertebrate animal. Highlights include some randy Right Whales, an invisible Aye-aye and that time he almost didn’t see a Numbat.

A video trailer is here.

Notes: Mac Hunter’s trip reports include Madagascar, Borneo and Nicaragua. For more information on North Atlantic Right Whales see here. Here’s a video of a Tufted Ground Squirrel. And here is an article on the reintroduction of Cheetahs to an Indian national park. This is a paper on the rediscovery of the Javan Palm Civet, though we hear the tree above the ranger station in Halimun National Park has recently fallen down. Here is Jon’s report of seeing a Solenodon.Charles saw an Aye-aye at the Palmerium Hotel, which is close to Andaside National Park not Ranomafana. Cover photo – a Numbat – by Jimmy Lamb.

Introduction, May 4, 2021. In this introductory episode we discuss why we have started this podcast, what its about and who will be interested. Half hour episodes will be released every two weeks. For more information visit www.mammalwatching.com/podcast.

A video trailer is here.

Notes: Charles’s Big Mammal Day report is here. Dr Charles Foley is a mammalwatcher and biologist who, together with his wife Lara, spent 30 years studying elephants in Tanzania. They now run the Tanzania Conservation Research Program at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Jon Hall set up mammalwatching.com in 2005. Genetically Welsh, spiritually Australian, currently in New York City. He has looked for mammals in over 100 countries. Produced and edited by José G. Martínez-Fonseca mammalwatcher, photographer and wildlife biologist.

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