Tagged: conservation

Tigers- It’s not getting any easier - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 04, 2010

While I’ve focused a lot on the poaching risks to tigers, the fact is that their small populations make them vulnerable to other risks as well. For instance, one of the tiger reserves I visited in the Hun Chun area of Jilin, had a grand population of two Siberian tigers. This was brought home recently when a wild Siberian tiger … Read More

Precautionary Principle & Biodiversity Thoughts - Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings

Brendan Moyle Nov 02, 2010

A lot of conservation decisions are difficult as a consequence of poor knowledge.  Often we don’t actually know a lot about the population size of endangered wildlife, crucial gaps will persist about their biology (breeding, diet, distribution etc) and the responses of people to changes in the management can be very hard to predict.  These knowledge problems can persist for … Read More

Gambling with nature’s tolerance - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 11, 2010

Al Morrison, the director general of New Zealand’s Department of Conservation — the government body that manages about one-third of the country’s land area, from World Heritage temperate rainforest in the south to kauri forests in the north (not to mention running world-class efforts to conserve endangered native species such as the kakapo and tuatara) [...] … Read More

New Zealand Conservation Week - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Sep 12, 2010

This week (September 12-19th) is New Zealand Conservation Week. There are a huge number of events planned around the country, including weed swaps, planting days, beach clean ups, and talks.  The chickenoreggblog family will be doing its bit by taking to the Darwin’s Barberry seedlings that are threatening to take over the garden here on [...] … Read More

Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease: too good a match for the immune system - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Apr 13, 2010

A central premise in conservation genetics is that high genetic diversity is good for a species’ continued survival, and low genetic diversity is bad. This seems intuitively obvious (after all, we all know that you shouldn’t marry your cousin) but actually finding examples in nature where we can say for sure that low genetic diversity has [...] … Read More