Ad-free version of

In 2009, I launched a subscription version of The subscription version, which cost $5 per month, offered a way for readers to help support Mongabay's independent reporting and analysis.

The subscription version of Mongabay was advertising-free, making it faster and more attractive. There were also free high resolution downloads of an extensive library of nature and wildlife photos.

Unfortunately readers showed almost no interest in supporting Mongabay via a subscription. I therefore shut down the site in mid-2012.

I presently have no plans to re-launch the site.

Rhett Butler, founder and president of