Ben Lybarger

Chullachaqui Is Watching

By Ben Lybarger Long before there were organizations like the IUCN, the Rainforest Alliance, Conservation International, or the Amazon Conservation Association, there was a different sort of protector of the rainforest. Chullachaqui means “one-footed” or “odd-footed” in Quechua,  a name alluding to this mythical creature’s unique physiology: one normal foot and one either facing backward …

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7 Things You Might Not Know About India

By Ben Lybarger While many people imagine India to be an exotic yogic wonderland where existential fulfillment flows from a sonorous sea of heavenly sitars, others have a much darker and equally unrealistic view. Many of the headlines that infiltrate the Western consciousness have been decidedly negative, featuring everything from sexual harassment to terrorism, and …

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Meet a Field Biologist: Interview with Dr. Mini Erkenswick Watsa

In the minds of many people, the life of a field biologist can be overly romanticized, assumed to be exceptionally perilous, or sometimes even thought of as superfluous or escapist.  Of course, none of these notions accurately capture the experiences of those working in the field. For anyone interested in this type of career, FPI’s …

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