Photogrammetry for Wildlife Data Collection–A ‘non-invasive’ method for measuring deer antlers

Gathering information about physical traits in wildlife, such as horn length or body sizes, is commonly done by measuring live-captured or deceased animals. Photogrammetry—extracting real-world measurements from photographs—makes it possible to do this without capture or mortality.READ MORE

January Update: Amur Tiger Prey Study – A small upload of camera-trap results

Last July, Conservation Frontlines introduced its first Select Study: research in support of predators and prey in Russia’s vast and remote Far East. Only some 500 Amur (Siberian) tiger survive there, and they depend on wild boar and red deer. These two species are also vital for the food security and culture of the human community in the region. Normally, the study leader, University of Montana grad student Scott Waller, would be there now, but of course he is stranded by the pandemic—which has also curtailed his funding. As we help him raise funds for the future, we asked him for a progress report. READ MORE

The Wild Goats and Sheep of the Caucasus – Conservation in these remote mountain biodiversity hotspots remains a challenge.

This comparatively small area is home to the enigmatic West and East Caucasian tur, the easternmost subspecies of chamois, the bezoar wild goat and the Asiatic mouflon. However, the region is also a hotbed of political and religious strife. READ MORE

A Better Way to Manage Species Names in IUCN – What’s in a name? A great deal, it turns out.

Several high-profile scientific papers recently reignited debates about the significance of species names. Many wildlife scientists feel strongly about how taxonomy applies names and about the importance of such names to conservation. “Best practice” is evolving. READ MORE

The Great Elephant Balancing Act

Recent research emphasized the importance of males in elephant society, findings that are now being used to batter countries in Southern Africa into changing their elephant management policies. This article reviews the scientific evidence and calls for a balanced approach that considers both humans and elephants.READ MORE