Earthwatch Institute

To engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
Protecting Elephants and Rhinos in Malawi
 
Poaching and habitat destruction pushed the majority of wildlife in Malawi to the brink of extinction. A government-led, intensive conservation program has reintroduced more than 2,500 animals to the Majete Wildlife Reserve, including elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions, antelopes, water buffaloes and hyenas. Earthwatch is leading one of the first research initiatives to analyze how these reintroduced species are faring and what management decisions are needed to keep the ecosystem thriving. project reportread updates from the field
Tracking Wolves in Canada With Earthwatch
 
Only 5% of Canada's native grasslands remain, and they are filled with North America's iconic species: wolves, grizzlies, bighorn sheep, moose, bison, eagles and more. Park managers set controlled fires to attract grazers like elk that eat invasive species and keep the prairies from being overrun. But elk attract wolves, and wolves scare away elk. Help Earthwatch scientists better understand these chain reactions to ensure that a healthy, balanced ecosystem is maintained. project reportread updates from the field
Saving Sea Turtles in the Bahamas with Earthwatch
 
Where do endangered sea turtles thrive? Help scientists find out and protect these critical habitats. project reportread updates from the field
Protecting Iceland's Killer Whales
 
Scientists have very little information about the population or feeding patterns of killer whales in Iceland. As top predators, they can change the populations of prey species, which in turn affects the rest of the food chain. Conversely, dependence on a particular prey species, whose populations may fluctuate over time, can impact the killer whales' survival. By collecting observational data and skin/blubber samples, scientists will be able to better understand and protect these killer whales.
Earthwatch Expedition: Saving Kenya's Black Rhinos
 
Over 40 years, poaching reduced Kenya's population of black rhinoceros from 20,000 to a mere 539. Earthwatch researchers and volunteers are bringing black rhinos back from the brink of extinction. project reportread updates from the field
Save South Africa's Brown Hyaenas
 
This project is trying to improve the odds for brown hyaenas in and near Pilanesberg National Park. Despite their traditional bad reputation, brown hyaenas are actually social mammals living in tight-knit clans; members will even help suckle each other's young. Like other carnivores and large scavengers, brown hyaenas suffer from shrinking habitats and conflict with humans. Learning more about what they need to survive in and near protected areas will help save the remaining 1,700 living in SA. project reportread updates from the field
Saving Giant Pandas in China with Earthwatch
 
The bamboo-chewing giant panda is one of the most iconic endangered animals in the world. In the Sichuan province of China, Earthwatch volunteers and scientists work up-close with pandas being cared for in captivity, then help them adapt to life in the wild, so that they may breed and live longer and healthier lives. The long-term aim of this project is to create healthy, self-sustaining wild panda populations through the release of captive giant pandas. project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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