AlTo’s News

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Here you’ll find our May Newsletter. Highlights of this issue include:
  • The Bat Book: The origins of the pandemic explained
  • We Speak for the Trees: First case of illegal logging will go to court
  • Who is Athena and what is her Circle?
  • The Faces of AlTo: Galen Priest, Senior Science Advisor and Outreach Specialist

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Other News from 2021:

July Update: The Bat Defender

May Update: A Lesson from WWII

March Update: The Pandemic: Everybody Needs to Know This

February Update: How We’re Connected: AlTo, Nickel, and You

Research Articles from AlTo:

Global Ecology and Conservation, June 21, 2021: Maleo Macrocephalon maleo population recovery at two Sulawesi nesting grounds after community engagement to prevent egg poaching

News from 2020:

November Newsletter: Partnership: AlTo’s collaborative approach is key to conservation success; COVID-19: Community-based means COVID-resilient conservation; Portrait of a Partner: Yudil Dilao, hunter-turned-Guardian; Outreach: AlTo goes home; Big and Small: AlTo’s 2020 sea turtle season brings more healthy babies, while adults keep coming; The Faces of AlTo: Ichsan Tobing: Advisor, Ally, Advocate.

August Update: One Primate Family

June Update: A Bright Star

May newsletter: Festival: Celebrating the kind of world we want to live in; COVID-19 in Tompotika: Protecting the vulnerable and facilitating long-term change; Jackoustick!: This Music for Conservation contest was bigger than ever!; The Faces of AlTo: Women and girls just need opportunities. For a faster loading version, click here.

March Update: As If the World Depended On It

February Update: A Tale of Two Poachers


News from 2019:

November Newsletter: Villagers renew and deepen their commitment to maleo conservation; How one lease renewal will keep protecting bats, sea turtles, and rainforests for another ten years; Law enforcement: it’s no longer just talk; AlTo’s staff give presentations at conferences; and more. Click here for a faster loading version.

October Update: For Want of a Shovel

July Newsletter: Land purchase creates brand-new wildlife preserve; Field trips for women introduce them to their maleo neighbors; Maleo Survey is nearing completion; and more. Click here for a faster loading version.

April Newsletter: AlTo documents a second maleo recovery site; Helping victims of the Palu Earthquake; the Maleo as a Conservation Ambassador; The Faces of AlTo; and more. Click here for a faster loading version. 

May Update: Life Amongst the Dead

February Update: A Story About Being Saved by Chocolate


News from 2018:

December Update: It Just Gets Better

November Newsletter: Maleo Recovery Numbers; Securing the Land; Measuring Success; The Faces of AlTo; and more. Click here for a faster loading version.

October Update: Earthquake, Tsunami, and Trees

July Newsletter: Villagers instigate forest restoration in the wake of illegal logging; Planting new trees to support the bats of tomorrow; Habitat improvements will help maleos recover at Tompotika’s second maleo site; AlTo’s research program is assessing maleo status across their full range; The Faces of AlTo: Top-flight professional wildlife photographer and AlTo US Board member Kevin Schafer. Click here for a faster loading version.

May Update: Waging Peace for a Third Thing

April Newsletter: Building Conservation Professionals; NGO Professionals gather to create a “Culture of Care”; Festival 2018: Drama and music delight and inspire Tompotika villagers; Faye Wilkinson: still making a difference; Jackoustik: Contest sparks new original music for conservation by Tompotika artists; The Faces of AlTo: The Cooking Ladies of Tanah Merah; and more. Click here for a faster loading version.

February Update: True Wealth


News from 2017:

September Update: Upang and the Maleo Worms

February Update: Experience Conversion


News from 2016:

May Update: Recovery Happens

March Update: Beyond Elections

January Update: Sharing Stuff


News from 2015:

October Update: Dawn Chorus, Sulawesi Style

September Update: Spitting on Forest Fires

May Update: Happy Endangered Species Day!

February Update: Preparing for Wonderful Things


News from 2014:

December Update: What Maleos Teach Us About Parenting, Trust, and the World We Live In

October Update: In Praise of Steepness

August Update: Art Has Changed Things

May Update: Listening Hard

April Update: Tompotika Youth Find Their Power in Conservation


News from 2013:

August Update: The Bat Man of Batu Bassi

April Update: Small Is Beautiful

January Update: Conservation = Reclaiming Our Identity


News from 2012:

December Update: Thanks for the gifts you have already given

September Update: This is the frontier

August Update: In praise of guano

May Update: Have fun and leave a lasting legacy

April Update: GiveBIG like the maleo

January Update: Elegy and celebration


Brown cuckoo dove

Brown Cuckoo Dove (© Riza Marlon/AlTo)


News from 2011:

December Update: All creatures great and small

September Update: Mt. Tompotika: the view from the top

June Update: Ideas for building the future

January Update: The Ghost of Tompotika


An Olive Ridley hatchling heads to the sea

An Olive Ridley hatchling heads to the sea (© Noval Suling/AlTo)


News from 2010:

December Update: 2010 Conservation Award from, and the giving tree

September Update: What about big blood-thirsty man-eaters?

August Update: Making conservation cool

May Update: Happy World Turtle Day

April Update: Salutary stories from Tompotika

March Update: Portrait of a predator, converted

January Update: This is for you


Blue and yellow grasshoppers, Sulawesi

© Robin Moore/AlTo


News from 2009:

December Update: What happens when the world opens

August Update: Dancing with butterflies


News from 2008:


caught in the headlamp, a tiny frog on the photographer's hand

© Sandesh Kadur/AlTo


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News from 2006: