Wolf conservation and research project in Central Greece

Wolf conservation and research project in Central Greece

Callisto NGO is currently running a conservation project in Central Greece to help mitigating negative effects of planned or under construction transportation infrastructures (E65 highway and new high speed railway) on local fauna.

Main flagship species is the gray wolf as it is protected from EC directives in Central Greece, but mitigation efforts are multispecies oriented, targeted also on wild ungulates (roe deer, wild boar), smaller mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

Wolf captured on infra-red camera
Wolf captured on infra-red camera
Proposals (site selection) are evidence based on field data and habitat modeling. Methods to collect field data include GPS/GSM telemetry on wolves, snow tracking, infrared camera traps and transects on dirt roads.

So far, close collaboration with engineers and constructors has succeeded in the approval of several fauna passages including three river bridges, three large overpasses, seven large underpasses and suitable modification of many other smaller passages.

Wolf movement on Google Earth
Wolf movement on Google Earth
Apart from mitigating highway and railway fragmentation, other research priorities or conservation activities are within the scope of the project, including genetic profiling of local wolf population, trophic analysis of wolf scats, evaluation of livestock predation risk factors, and training of local game wardens.

Contact

Callisto Wildlife Society
Mitropoleos 123
Thessaloniki 54623
Project leader: Yorgos Iliopoulos

www.callisto.gr

Wildlife underpath under construction
Wildlife underpass under construction
Snow tracking
Snow tracking
Collecting DNA samples from scats
Collecting DNA samples from scats
Wolf collaring
Wolf collaring