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.
Interested in camera traps?
Check out Camera traps: the basics & Bushnell NatureView review – Trail camera settings and specs.
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, …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The most current list if the world’s top 25 most endangered primates
Just a link for people interested: article
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