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New research on the effects of rehabilitation on European hedgehogs

June 1, 2021

Our research associate Dr Sophie Lund Rasmussen has recently published research on comparing the stress levels and post release survival of rehabilitated and wild European hedgehogs. Whilst the European population of hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) is declining, welfare initiatives such as the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs are increasingly popular. However, wild animals placed in captivity may be ... Read full story

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Yak rediscovery in Nepal

May 27, 2021

On June 14, 2014, during a research expedition on Himalayan wolves undertaken by the Himalayan Wolves Project (HWP), Geraldine Werhahn (Director, HWP) and Naresh Kusi (Country Program Director, HWP) sighted two live wild yaks (Bos mutus) in Upper Humla, Nepal. The sighting made headlines across the major newspapers of Nepal because the wild yak was believed to be regionally extinct in the country for almost five decades. This finding was ... Read full story

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The Luwire Wildlife Conservancy

May 19, 2021

By Laura Perry The Luwire Wildlife Conservancy is a 4,500km2 section of northern Mozambique’s Niassa Special Reserve. Home to internationally important populations of leopard, lion, wild dog, and elephant, Niassa is one of Africa’s last great wildernesses. I am working with Luwire Wildlife Conservancy to establish a programme of scientific research in the area, ... Read full story

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WildCRU’s Paolo Strampelli sheds light on the large carnivores of Tanzania’s Ruaha-Rungwa through his DPhil research

May 28, 2021

As the pressure on Africa’s remaining large carnivore populations continues to grow, there is a pressing need to improve our understanding of how these species use complex, mixed-use landscapes, and find ways to reconcile their conservation with human development. WildCRU researcher Paolo Strampelli tackled these topics and more in his DPhil thesis, which he ... Read full story

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Charlotte Searle completes her DPhil on African leopards

May 21, 2021

Although widely considered one of the world’s most resilient large carnivores, the leopard (Panthera pardus) is severely threatened by habitat fragmentation, prey base declines, and human-induced mortality. In Africa, a relative lack of conservation urgency has resulted in the species’ status being poorly understood across much of its remaining range, despite evidence of range contractions ... Read full story

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Wildlife and livestock share water in Kenya’s south rift valley

May 18, 2021

By Peter Tyrrell In Kenyan rangelands, people and their livestock have historically lived alongside large numbers of wildlife. However, in recent decades, wildlife populations have declined due to increasing human pressure, highlighting the need for us to better understand the dynamics of wildlife movements where they share space with people and stock. In particular, livestock ... Read full story

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