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I apologise for the long pause in posting a blog. I have temporarily left the study site to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Conservation Practice offered by the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and funded by the Panthera Foundation. WildCRU is a unit of the Department of Zoology and is led by Professor David Macdonald. The unit is based in Tubney at the Tubney House, located in the countryside of Oxfordshire approximately 16 kilometres outside the Oxford city centre.

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The Impact of Climate Change on Mountain Gorillas

  • 05/12/09
  • IGCP

Bonjour Everyone!  This is Augustin.  I work for IGCP’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Program and also serve as the IGCP Science Officer.  Nowadays, there is a growing consensus in the scientific community that climate change is occurring and is one of many possible causes of biodiversity loss.  Changes in climate can impact biodiversity either directly or indirectly through many different mechanisms.  Having a clear understanding of the exact impact of these mechanisms is crucial from the perspective of evaluating potential management actions.  IGCP is on the

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Sudden Passing of Papa Bosco

  • 05/07/09
  • Valentin

Last time I wrote was to highlight the exciting news of the AWF-led delegation that came to visit the Lomako Forest and tour the Lomako Conservation Science Centre.

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Huge Ivory Seizure in Kenya, Two Men Arrested [Update]

  • 04/27/09
  • Paul

On Saturday the 25th, two men were arrested for carrying 703 kg (1,550 lb) of elephant ivory in southern Kenya. The seizure, the biggest in recent times in Kenya, was made possible thanks to the efforts by AWF-supported game scouts.

The two men were traveling by vehicle in Tanzania when they were ambushed by wildlife scouts from the Amboseli-Tsavo Game Scouts Association. The smugglers fled across the Kenyan border, where they were caught and arrested by authorities tipped off by the scouts.

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New Gorilla Babies in Virunga National Park

  • 04/21/09
  • IGCP

I wanted to share something with you that gives me hope. Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in our work and our own daily struggles and challenges that we forget what is really important. Then, something makes us pause, and we realize why we are doing what we do.

The other day was a typical day in the office for me: email and more email. Answering the seemingly endless stream of questions which stack up in my email in-box like bricks, waiting for some mortar to make them whole, give them a purpose.

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