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Lostcast: Broadcasting the Search for the Lost Saki Monkey

By Lindsay Renick Mayer on December 15, 2017   duration

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Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) changed its name to Re:wild in 2021

When Dr. Laura K. Marsh originally got the idea to take a houseboat through the Amazon watershed in search of the Vanzolini’s Bald-faced Saki Monkey, she had no doubt: she wanted to broadcast the entire adventure, whether the team found the monkey or not. This included inviting bioGraphic writer Christina Selby to join the four-month Houseboat Amazon expedition with full access to the story as it unfolded, and live social media updates from the field. It also required a boat full of various technology.

While the team did rediscover the Vanzolini’s Bald-faced Saki Monkey more than 80 years after it had been seen alive in this habitat, Marsh says she also discovered the rewards and challenges of broadcasting the search for a lost species in near real-time. We caught up with Marsh, who is the director of Global Conservation Institute, in this lostcast episode:

Photos from Houseboat Amazon:

Houseboat Amazon (Photo by Christina Selby) Houseboat Amazon (Photo by Christina Selby)

 Houseboat Amazon’s charging station. (Photo by Laura K. Marsh)
Houseboat Amazon’s charging station. (Photo by Laura K. Marsh)

From high tech to no tech. (Photo by Laura K. Marsh) From high tech to no tech. (Photo by Laura K. Marsh)

 Laura adjusts the signal for the satellite hub so that Houseboat Amazon can send photos and email. (Photo courtesy of Laura K. Marsh)
Laura adjusts the signal for the satellite hub so that Houseboat Amazon can send photos and email. (Photo courtesy of Laura K. Marsh)

Rio Eiru, Day 9 wildlife sighting. (Photo by Christina Selby) Rio Eiru, Day 9 wildlife sighting. (Photo by Christina Selby)

Reporter Christina Selby snapping shots in the Amazon jungles. (Photo by Laura K. Marsh) Reporter Christina Selby snapping shots in the Amazon jungles. (Photo by Laura K. Marsh)

About the author

Lindsay Renick Mayer

Lindsay is the Director of Media Relations for Re:wild and has a particular interest in leveraging communications to inspire conservation action. Lindsay is passionate about species-based conservation and finding compelling ways to tell stories that demonstrate the value of all of the planet’s critters, big and microscopic.

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