Wildlife News – November 2017

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Conservation Technology

WWF (UK) has produced a couple of guidelines for using conservation technology. They cover three methods.

  • Camera trapping
  • Acoustic monitoring
  • Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) 

The website is very easy to use and has a lot of information available. The information varies from general knowledge to practical advice on planning and implementation.

https://www.wwf.org.uk/conservationtechnology/
Article: Mongabay – New resource for planning camera trapping, acoustic monitoring and LiDAR projects

Setting up camera trap

Zebra ‘poo science’

An article focussing on faecal hormones. They want to investigate the influence of challenges or ‘stressors’ on the population of the Cape Mountain Zebra. These stressors can be habitat destruction, tourists, climate change, …

More info:
University of Manchester

Environmental crime threatens Europe’s last pristine forests and iconic wildlife

A new UN report warns that illegal logging, illegal caviar trade, mass-killing of wild birds and poaching of bears, wolves and lynx threaten biodiversity and livelihoods in the Danube-Carpathian region stretching over 15 European countries.

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Four cat species on camera in Russia

Primorsky Krai – In this region of the Russian Far East occur four different wild felid species. Although this picture is photoshopped, it’s a nice comparison of all the species. From the back to the front you have the Amur tiger, the Amur leopard, the Eurasian lynx, and the Amur leopard cat. Within a few days, a set of camera traps took these amazing pictures.

Check out the article from Earth Touch News
My blog post about the basics of camera traps & a review of the Bushnell NatureView series.

A quartet of cats was recently snapped in the Russian Far East within a few days of each other! This composite image...

Posted by Earth Touch on Friday, 3 November 2017
male lion

Gay lions? Not quite, despite photograph

Not sure if it’s to laugh about or to cry, but someone blamed humans for the male-on-male mounting picture taken in a reserve in Kenya.  His explanation was: “Probably, they have been influenced by gays who have gone to the national parks and behaved badly”.

It’s not the first time it’s been photographed and it’s actually a rare moment of social bonding. Male lions need to work together in so called coalitions in order to be more successful.

Intrigued? check out the full article.

Trump lifts ban on importing elephant trophies

The never-ending debate on trophy hunting took off once again after Trump announced the lifting on the ban on importing elephant trophies. As it’s quite controversial, a lot of negative responses came to this announcement.

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The secrets behind the remarkable success of snow leopard conservation in Pakistan

This article gives some insides into the snow leopard situation in Pakistan. Herders in the mountains of Pakistan suffer from livestock depredation by snow leopards. In general, domestic livestock accounts for about 25% of snow leopards’ diet, but this is twice as high in Pakistan. This clearly is a huge area of conflict.

Three main explanations about the farmer-snow leopard conflict:

  • Farmers have hunted snow leopards’ nature prey.
  • Farmers are not protecting their livestock effectively
  • Shrinking snow leopard habitat leaves them no other choice than going towards human societies

Although these explanations are true to some extent, there is a bigger pictures. Check out the article.

To conquer these problems, a pilot study “Project Snow Leopard” was started . The aim was to test the idea of an insurance scheme for domestic livestock against snow leopard killings.

For more info and references, check out the article.

The most current list if the world’s top 25 most endangered primates

Just a link for people interested: article

Rare Sunda clouded leopard and cubs caught on film

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RARE FOOTAGE of Sunda Clouded Leopard.

Interesting: this rare footage of a Sunda Clouded leopard and her cubs isn't what you would expect, and emphasizes the need to conserve logged forests ~ https://news.mongabay.com/2017/11/watch-rare-sighting-of-mother-sunda-clouded-leopard-and-cubs-caught-on-film/

Posted by Mongabay.com on Wednesday, 29 November 2017

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