Marwell Wildlife: conservation action, education, science and sustainability

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2018

February 2018

The genetics of reintroduced addax populations in Tunisia: the first year of the project

In 2017 Marwell Wildlife began a 3-year project with Al Ain Zoo, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, San Diego Zoo Global and the Tunisian Direction Générale des Forêts to evaluate the genetic diversity of addax Addax nasomaculatus across global ex-situ populations and those reintroduced to Tunisia. The year one progress report for this project is now available from our publications-technical & project reports page.

 

 

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Congratulations to our Tunisian field assistant, Chawki Najjar!

Chawki Najjar, a young Tunisian veterinarian, joined Marwell Wildlife’s team in Tunisia as a volunteer during his last year studying Veterinary Medicine.

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GGR 2018: What next?

On January 27 and 28 2018 the Great Grevy’s Rally brought together teams from across Kenya, a variety of organisations, and the world to carry out the latest census of Grevy’s zebra.

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January 2018

The Great Grevy’s Rally 2018

This weekend The Great Grevy’s Rally, a two-day photographic census of the remaining Grevy’s zebra populations, is being carried out by teams of conservationists, conservancy managers, community members and local and international citizen scientists. The results will help monitor the status and health of these inspiring animals.

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Improving generation length estimates for the IUCN Red List

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List classifies species according to their risk of extinction, informing local to global conservation decisions. In January we published a paper in PLOS One that looked to advance the estimation of generation lengths. Generation length estimates are used as a time-scalar in the Red List, as a way of accounting for differences in species’ life-histories. Overall, we provide a transparent, consistent and transferable approach for improving estimates of generation length for the Red List. This should help increase the accuracy of Red List assessments, especially when detailed life history data are missing.

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