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Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus
The Caucasus is one of the most diverse places on earth, with more species per acre than any other temperate zone. Leopards still roam here, only a few hours from central Europe, and conservation strategy is one of the few examples of inter-country collaboration in this region. A fascinating blend of culture, society and traditional life set in a history of fragmentation and conflict.
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Kazakhstan: Over 500 Endangered Antelopes Found Dead

Over 500 rare Central Asian antelopes have been found dead from unknown causes in northern Kazakhstan.  The news will disappoint conservationists trying to boost numbers of the endangered saiga, a distinctive creature with a long, humped nose that...
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Endangered-species truce faces big test from little sand dunes lizard

Endangered-species truce faces big test from little sand dunes lizard | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Year-long cease-fire between those on both sides of the Endangered Species Act is in jeopardy.
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Can we count animal extinctions?

Can we count animal extinctions? | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Twenty years ago a convention on biodiversity was agreed at the Rio Earth Summit - but do we know how many species are becoming extinct?

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Good News for World’s Endangered Big Cats

Good News for World’s Endangered Big Cats | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Good News for World's Endangered Big Cats – Russia establishes Land of the Leopard National Park for the Amur Leopard, and captive born Iberian Lynxes are released into the wild in Spain.
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Cubs born in Iberian lynx breeding centre in Portugal

Cubs born in Iberian lynx breeding centre in Portugal | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Work to save the Critically Endangered Iberian lynx is showing results, with the birth of several litters of lynx cubs heralding the start of a successful season at Portugal’s breeding centre.

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Patrolling Service Developed to Eradicate Poaching in Vashlovani

Anti-poaching patrolling in Vashlovani Protected Areas will be carried out by cars by local trained rangers. Ranger stations will be equipped with satellite phones, radio sets, and photo cameras.

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In the Balance: The Caucasus Leopard

A short film on the Caucasian Leopard and CNF's efforts to prevent its extinction.
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A quarter of mammals at risk of extinction

A quarter of mammals at risk of extinction | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
A new edition of the Red List of Threatened Species includes the world's most vulnerable creatures who are in danger of being wiped out.
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The zone of Amoulsar project on opencast gold mining is the habitat of red-listed animals

The zone of Amoulsar project on opencast gold mining is the habitat of red-listed animals | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
The zone of Amoulsar project on opencast gold mining is the habitat of red-listed animal and plant species and a migration corridor for such species as Armenian moufflon, bezoar goat and Caucasian leopard, assert experts working at WWF...
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Inviting Cinderella Species to the Ball

Inviting Cinderella Species to the Ball | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Charismatic megafauna dominate fund-raising efforts at the expense of species facing greater threats, researchers report.

 

We humans are quite fond of ourselves. So much so that our narcissism tends to influence our preferences for other species, too. We generally favor big, attractive mammals with forward-facing eyes, and this bias is reflected in the conservation dollars we donate.

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Wild bison with TB may have to be killed in Poland - Chicago Sun-Times

Wild bison with TB may have to be killed in Poland - Chicago Sun-Times | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
WARSAW, Poland — A herd of 25 wild European bison infected with tuberculosis should be killed to prevent the disease from spreading to other herds in southeastern Poland, officials said Monday.

 

Veterinarian Miroslaw Welz, a member of the panel, said it was a painful decision but seemed to be the only one that would protect the remaining herds, which are believed to be disease-free.

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African conservation community announces comprehensive response to rhino poaching crisis

African conservation community announces comprehensive response to rhino poaching crisis | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it
Representatives of the conservation community from across Africa yesterday announced a comprehensive response to combat the continent’s alarming rhino poaching crisis.
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Half of Nature’s Most Important Sites Remain Unprotected

Half of Nature’s Most Important Sites Remain Unprotected | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

New research led by BirdLife International on the effectiveness of protected areas offers both good and bad news: While protected areas do appear to be working, half of nature’s most important sites remain unprotected. Around 13 percent of Earth’s land surface and less than 2 percent of its ocean are currently covered by protected areas,

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The Ghost of the Caucasus: The Bezoar Goat

Short video containing some great footage of the Bezoar goat.  This species is on the verge of extinction and reintroduction projects are underway to save the remaining population.

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NATO - Training among endangered species

NATO - Training among endangered species | Saving the Wild: Nature Conservation in the Caucasus | Scoop.it

Most people would be surprised to learn that military training areas – whether they are forest, coastline or open fields – hold some of the most endangered species of plants and animals in the world

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