Mauritius Wildlife Foundation:
|Rodrigues Fruit Bat|
• A count in February this year shows the current wild population of Rodrigues Fruit bats to still be over 10,000 individuals, despite two cyclones in the previous few months.
• MWF was admitted to the IUCN in November 2011
• MWF scientific director Professor Carl Jones is a finalist for the 2012 Indianapolis Prize for outstanding achievements in conservation – see here: http://www.indianapolisprize.org/
|Basra Reed Warbler|
• The 10th Birdlife Middle East Partnership meeting is being held in Sulamaniya from 11th-14th May with participants from all over the Middle East. The conference will discuss bird protection in the region.
• A Reptile and Amphibian Advisory Team has been set up to survey the herpetofauna of the country (the last study was in 1959) and advise on conservation issues affecting reptiles and amphibians, including the Critically Endangered Kurdistan Newt Neurergus microspilotus.
• Thanks to a £300,000 Grant from Defra’s Darwin Initiative, a major new three year conservation programme is starting in Iraq. Focusing on the mountainous region of Kurdistan the project will involve experts from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and BirdLife International (BirdLife), in partnership with Iraqi NGO Nature Iraq (NI). The project will generate new data for conservation and resources for protected area management and environmental education. The team’s aim is to make serious progress in addressing the challenges of conservation resulting from nearly 30 years of scientific isolation
And finally at Bristol:
Bristol has successfully bred the Antilles Pink-Toe Tarantula Avicularia versicolor. The babies have now been separated into individual vials for growing on and can be seen in Bug World.
|Adult Antilles Pink Toe|
|Baby Antilles Pink Toe|
Our baby gorilla Kukena, born September last year, is now starting to take his first steps.
|Salome and Kukena|