© Charl Senekal


© Anthony Pagano, U.S. Geological Survey

USGS- Polar Bear Research

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) are one of 4 marine mammal species managed by the U.S. Department of Interior. The USGS Alaska Science Center leads long–term research on polar bears to inform local, state, national and international policy makers regarding conservation of the species and its habitat. Our studies, ongoing since 1985, are focused on population dynamics, health and energetics, distribution and movements, maternal denning, and methods development. The majority of our research focuses on the two polar bear subpopulation’s whose range includes Alaska: the Southern Beaufort Sea subpopulation that ranges between the North Slope of Alaska and western Canada and the Chukchi Sea or Alaska-Chukotka subpopulation that ranges between the northwest coast of Alaska and eastern Russia. The overarching goal of our research is to assess current and projected future responses of polar bears to a rapidly changing Arctic environment.

KopeLion- Lions in Tanzania

© Ingela Jansson – KopeLion, Tanzania


Lion-Maasai Coexistence in Ngorongoro, Tanzania

KopeLion strives to enable lasting coexistence between people and lions in northern Tanzania. Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) together with Serengeti National Park and surrounding areas, forms one of the largest savanna ecosystems in the world. Its Ngorongoro Crater contains one of the densest, most studied and valuable lion populations in Africa. As a multi-use protected area, the NCA is also home to almost 100,000 traditional pastoralists who rely almost exclusively on livestock for their livelihood. Lion attacks on livestock pose a significant financial burden on the NCA’s residents, often prompting retaliatory lion killings. As a result lions have disappeared from much of their historical range within the NCA, largely isolating the Crater population from the rest of the Serengeti ecosystem. KopeLion, founded in 2011, aims to ensure that lions survive and thrive alongside human communities in Ngorongoro.

African wild dog dispersal and demography

© Gabriele Cozzi, Population Ecology Research Group, University Zurich

African wild dog dispersal and demography

The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is Africa’s most endangered large carnivore and is listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List. The species was formerly distributed throughout sub-Sahara Africa but today it has disappeared from most of its former range. Less than 6’000 free-ranging individuals survive in the wild, and the species has been given very high conservation priority. One major threat to the survival of the species is the loss and fragmentation of suitable habitats due to expanding human population. As a result, wild dogs are forced to live in isolated small subpopulations, which are particularly vulnerable to extinction.

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Living with Lions: ACR’s mountain lion project

© Quinton Martins – ACR Linving with Lions

Mountain lions in the North Bay live a fragile existence

In California, mountain lions are at the top of the food chain and play critical roles in the maintenance and functioning of our natural ecosystems. Yet mountain lions themselves live a fragile existence as more of us choose to live and play in wild places.

Audubon Canyon Ranch is studying our region’s mountain lions to identify priority habitats and key wildlife corridors and to promote ecosystem conservation throughout our region.

Rigorous science — humanely conducted
Led by Audubon Canyon Ranch Wildlife Ecologist and large cat expert, Dr. Quinton Martins, Living with Lions humanely captures and equips lions with GPS collars. Biological measurements and samples are taken to determine their age and health, as well as to map the genetic makeup of the region and state’s lion populations. The team also is investigating the impacts of the 2017 Sonoma County fires on large predators.

The Living with Lions team includes ACR conservation scientists and educators, local veterinarians, geneticists, and a growing cadre of volunteers to assist in field work. Project partners include the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Parks, the University of California, Berkeley, Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma County Ag + Open Space, Sonoma Land Trust, as well as regional landowners and land managers.

Return of the Bison to the South Caucasus

© WWF – A. Heidelberg

  1. Brief discription

The WWF Azerbaijan office together with its partners – the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Azerbaijan Republic and the IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Action) Public Union – are cooperating to reintroduce European bison (Bison bonasus; LC-line) to Azerbaijan’s Shahdag National Park in the Greater Caucasus.

  1. Goal

The goal of the project is to build a viable population of free-ranging European bison on the southern slopes  of the eastern Greater Caucasus zone in Azerbaijan.


  1. Partners & Supporters

In Azerbaijan: Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and IDEA Public Union

In Europe: Ex-situ Program for European bison of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA/EEP) and WWF-Germany.

All the animals were donated by zoos (e.g. Tierpark Berlin, Pescheray, Sainte Croix, Thoiry, Bellewaerde and others). The zoos also provide logistical and technical services and advice.


  1. Funding

The project has been funded through the Transboundary Joint Secretariat for the Southern Caucasus and is implemented by the WWF Caucasus Programme Office (financed by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW Development Bank) and WWF-Germany.


Preventing the Extinction of the Dinaric-SE Alpine Lynx Population Through Reinforcement and Long-term Conservation

LIFE Lynx project’s primary objective is rescuing the Dinaric-SE Alpine lynx population from extinction and to preserve it in the long term. Currently, the population is small, isolated, and extremely inbred. It urgently needs reinforcement by introducing additional, healthy animals from another population. They will reinforce the Dinaric-SE Alpine population with lynx from the viable source population in the Carpathians, while maintaining high public support. They collaborate across all EU countries sharing this population to develop and implement a systematic approach to ensure long-term viability of the reinforced population.

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