Project Updates

A scientific breakthrough has made saving the snow leopard – one of the world’s most rare, endangered and beautiful predators – both more complex and more feasible. For almost two decades Pakistani conservationist Shafqat Hussain has worked with the shepherds and villagers of remote Baltistan, high in the Karakorum Mountains, to dissuade them from killing… Read more

By shedding light on the little known marvels of Patagonia’s fjords, marine explorer Vreni Häussermann is revealing crucial scientific data that will establish a case for setting up Marine Protected Areas. The remote, starkly beautiful glacial fjords of Patagonia, in southernmost South America, are emerging as a symbol of the struggle to save the natural… Read more

A Rolex Award has given a Bolivian biologist opportunities to spread her conservation philosophy – one that focuses on inspiring local people to save their own environment – to other countries. When Bolivian biologist Erika Cuéllar won a Rolex Award in 2012 for her conservation work in the Gran Chaco, she never imagined the publicity… Read more

Young Laureates in 2014, Francesco Sauro and Hosam Zowawi joined forces for an expedition to a pristine world hidden beneath South America’s table-top mountains where they have uncovered life forms that may hold the key to critical advances in medical science. A recent expedition by two Rolex Laureates in caverns deep beneath the table-top mountains… Read more

Michel André

Listening to the sounds of silence

April 25, 2017

Two Rolex Laureates from very different scientific fields are working together in one of the most silent places on the planet – the caves below the Amazon’s table-top mountains – to record the whispers that speak volumes about our natural order. By Julian Cribb Rolex Laureates Francesco Sauro and Michel André propose to explore the… Read more