Tropical forests are fascinating and fragile, they are the Earth’s life support system. They are refuges for an incredible number of plants and animals as well as the main source of mitigating climate change. They provide a host of essential physical goods and ecosystem services on both a regional and global scales. There is a pressing need to manage these precious ecosystems sustainably and raise awareness of how everyone can play a role in their conservation. To ensure our future we need more well-trained conservation practitioners and advocates on the frontline of tropical research to ensure that this precious resource is maintained for generations to come.