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Rhett Butler, founder of the top environmental website Mongabay.com, reveals how he and the site have helped to raise interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife. He tells “The WildLife” host Laurel Neme about what prompted him to develop this site and also some of the most interesting and bizarre stories he’s pursued. Rhett Butler is a writer and conservationist who founded Mongabay.com, a top environmental website focused on tropical rainforests; Tropical Conservation Science, an academic journal that aims to provide opportunities for scientists in developing countries to publish their research; and wildmadagascar.org, a site that highlights the spectacular cultural and biological richness of Madagascar.  Apart from his web sites, Rhett's writing has appeared in The Washington Monthly, Yale Environment 360, BBC News, the Jakarta Post, Conservation Letters, GeoWorld, and Trends in Evolution & Ecology. In the course of his work Rhett has traveled widely in Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. This episode of “The WildLife” aired on The Radiator, WOMM-LP, 105.9 FM in Burlington, Vermont on May 10, 2010. Article and transcript available on Mongabay.com.


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Welcome to THE WILDLIFE, a podcast for animal lovers who want to learn more about the natural world.  Through interviews with scientists and other wildlife investigators, we'll explore the secrets of the animal world and meet the people at the forefront of efforts to protect some interesting and special creatures.  The program airs on WOMM-LP, the Radiator, 105.9 FM in Burlington, Vermont every Monday from 1-2 pm EST.  It live streams at theradiator.org.  To learn more about Laurel Neme, the host of this program, visit her website at www.laurelneme.com.  Comments and suggestions for upcoming shows are always welcome.  Contact Laurel and laurel@laurelneme.com.

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