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.
Chawki Najjar, a young Tunisian veterinarian, joined Marwell Wildlife’s team in Tunisia as a volunteer during his last year studying Veterinary Medicine.
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.
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.
As part of a three-year reintroduction, Marwell Wildlife has released 80 juvenile Sand lizards Lacerta agilis onto Eelmoor Marsh Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), near Farnborough. The release forms part of the broader strategy to re-establish this rare lizard back into its historic range across England and is an important milestone for Marwell’s UK conservation work.