Giraffe in Africa - part of our communities and ecologies conservation work

Marwell Conservation

About our conservation work

Marwell Wildlife undertakes a broad portfolio of conservation activities which includes managing individuals and populations of threatened species, and the restoration of endangered wildlife and ecosystems.  We develop partnerships and collaborations with like-minded organisations to implement our conservation and scientific work both in the UK and internationally. Recognising the central role of people in successful conservation, we work with local communities to find sustainable ways of living alongside wildlife.

the fall and rise of the scimitar-horned oryx

solitary oryx at Bou HedmaThe scimitar-horned oryx (SH oryx) is an arid adapted antelope from Northern Africa. It was once abundant and widespread, but became extinct in the wild in the late 20th century.

Marwell Wildlife has been contributing to the conservation of the species since 1971 when we first acquired SH oryx for the park. Since then we have managed the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) and the international studbook for the species, and have been involved in the reintroduction, and post-release monitoring, of SH oryx in four national parks and reserves in Tunisia.

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collars keep track of Grevy’s zebra

Grevys zebra collaring projectWatch field biologist Dr Zeke Davidson as he places a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) enabled collar onto a female Grevy’s zebra.

Using the mobile phone network, the collar reports her positions hourly, allowing us to track her movements in great detail.

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the milgis trust elephant project

Elephants in river bedThe Milgis Trust is a non-profit organisation founded to sustain the wildlife, habitat and the pastoral peoples’ way of life in northern Kenya.

In 2010 the trust approached Marwell with a request for help with data analysis and to establish wildlife monitoring. We hope to plot the return of elephants to the Milgis ecosystem and beyond, to catalogue its amazing biodiversity, and to provide information that will help people living there make informed decisions about conserving their environment, while maintaining their livelihoods and traditions in a timeless lifestyle that is still relevant today.

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Return of the red-necked ostrich

Ostrich baby Dr Marie PetrettoThe North African ostrich, the largest bird in the world, is only found in small numbers at a handful of sites.

Marwell, together with our partners and with funds raised from our FLIGHT Campaign, is supporting the conservation and reintroduction of this feathered giant, in Tunisia and Niger.

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Macaques social behaviour development

sulawezi crested macaquesScientists who are studying macaques in the park have discovered friendship has a pivotal role in their social behaviour.

Their results showed that friendship, more than family ties or the status of another, improves the gaze-following ability of the monkeys.

 

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Short term Conservation Biology Team voluntary intern opportunity

eastern bongo

 

Visit the Macaque Study Centre website to find out all the latest developments on our fascinating project opened in 2011 as a joint venture with the University of Portsmouth.Macaque Study Centre

 

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