Mongabay aims to raise interest in wildlife and wildlands while promoting awareness of environmental issues. Originally the site was based around a text on tropical rainforests written by Rhett A. Butler, but today the site has expanded to a range of other topics — like Madagascar — and is available in more than three dozen non-English languages. Mongabay is also publisher of Tropical Conservation Science, a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal that seeks to provide opportunities for scientists in developing countries to publish their research.
Mongabay has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and other local, national and international publications.
Who is Mongabay?
Mongabay was founded in 1999 by Rhett A. Butler out of his passion for nature and wildlife.
Since 2005, other people have become actively involved with Mongabay, including Jeremy Hance, who became Mongabay's first employee in March 2009; Tina Butler, who wrote feature articles in 2005; Alejandro Estrada, co-founder of Mongabay's peer-reviewed, open-access, and multi-lingual academic journal Tropical Conservation Science (TCS); and Tiffany Roufs, who currently serves as the Special Reporting Initiatives coordinator under Mongabay.org. Other authors and translators have contributed as well and their contributions are acknowledged on their work.
Mongabay.com and WildMadagascar.org are primarily (over 95 percent) funded through advertising. Some revenue comes from licensing photos and other content.
To expand Mongabay's reach and impact, in 2012 Rhett founded Mongabay.org, a 501(c)3 non-profit based in California. Mongabay.org has several program areas: an environmental reporting prize, K-8 education, and non-English environmental news reporting and translation, including Monagbay-Indonesia, an Indonesian-language environmental news service. In October 2013, Mongabay's news reporting and production (news.mongabay.com) was shifted over to Mongabay.org to better ensure its sustainability.
Mongabay.org is funded primarily through donations and grants. Advertising accounts for roughly 10 percent the news section's income.
To learn more about Mongabay.org's initiatives, please visit Mongabay.org. We are grateful for any support readers can provide.
Whenever possible, Mongabay uses peer-reviewed journals and scientists as sources of information for environmental science articles. The site has been recognized as an important and credible information source on forests and biodiversity by individuals at a wide range of institutions, from NGOs to government agencies to private sector entities.
Since September 2005, mongabay.com has been mentioned on occasion in the media.
Mongabay is best be contacted via email.
Our mailing address is P.O. Box 0291, Menlo Park, CA 94026-0291.
Visitors to mongabay.com
According to Google Analytics, mongabay.com has averaged more than 1.5 million unique visitors per month since January 2009.
Note: More than half of mongabay traffic comes from outside the United States
Offsetting greenhouse gas emissions
Carbon dioxide gas emissions generated through the operation of mongabay.com (including server, data transfer, and travel) are mitigated through carbon credits purchased from Anthrotect, an organization working with Afro-indigenous and Embera communities to protect forests in Colombia's Darien region. Anthrotect is protecting the habitat of mongabay's mascot: the scale-crested pygmy tyrant.
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