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Rob Pringle
Rob Pringle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. Research in the Pringle Lab focuses primarily on the ecology and conservation of African savanna ecosystems in Kenya and in Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park. In addition to his research and teaching activities, Pringle serves on the Boards of the Gorongosa Restoration Project and the Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund.

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Entries by Rob Pringle

Attempted Predation by Puma on Howler Monkeys in Costa Rica

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 5:27 PM

A short stroll before dinner last Thursday yielded a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife sighting -- along with the photos necessary to prove that it really happened.

The setting was Santa Rosa National Park, a stretch of tropical dry forest within Costa Rica's spectacular Area de Conservación Guanacaste. I set out...

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The One We've Been Waiting For

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 9:06 AM

The other day on the train, I heard what sounded like somebody ranting, possibly in a slightly unstable way. Curious to hear the crazy-talk, I took off my headphones. It was an older lady behind me, and she wasn't crazy; she was working her way through a printed list of...

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On Snakes and Snake Hunting

(19) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 10:24 AM

Judy Jones, a biology teacher at my high school in North Carolina, had a big snake in her classroom. I forget what she named it, but it was a Burmese python (Python molurus), probably about six feet long. Mrs. Jones wasn't my biology teacher, but one day I...

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How Many Species? (And Who Cares?)

(5) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 5:10 PM

Humans have been classifying life for as long as there have been humans. Since the mid-1700s, we have employed a standardized nested nomenclature for defining what is same and what is different: the word "species" denotes things that are the same-same, and the word "genus" groups things that are same-ish....

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How to Get Out of Kenya After Losing Your U.S. Passport

(21) Comments | Posted February 27, 2011 | 9:00 AM

The first thing to do when you lose your passport in Kenya is to make a photocopy of the picture page and your current visa before you lose the passport. It is best to keep a paper copy with you, another paper copy somewhere in the US where somebody can...

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The Rebirth of Gorongosa National Park

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 9:20 PM

This is the second in a series of posts about the Parque Nacional da Gorongosa and associated Gorongosa Restoration Project. The first is here.

Fifty years and three months ago, Mozambique's first national park was born. In making that decision, the Portuguese colonial government joined a...

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Where the Rift Valley Ends

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 12:54 PM

This is the first in a series of posts about the Parque Nacional da Gorongosa and associated Gorongosa Restoration Project.

From its northernmost point in the Middle East, the Great Rift Valley plunges south for nearly 4,000 miles before petering out in Mozambique, the Y-shaped republic...

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