wildlife

This page brings together ILRI and partner resources on wildlife. Click different tabs to see news items, research outputs, journal articles, video materials and presentations as well as ILRI projects and people related to wildlife. See ILRI research on other subjects

Morris Agaba's newest passion is the molecular genetics of the giraffe, specifically the genes responsible for the animal's impossibly long neck and legs—and the highly adaptive cardiovascular system this animal has evolved to manage its formidable biological obstacles. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, May/2016
Humans and lions can coexist through the creation of community conservancies—privately protected areas that engage local people in conservation and ecotourism. These conservancies can help stem the unrelenting loss of lions, whose population has been in decline across Africa, and pose a viable solution to an old problem. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Mar/2016
'Africa could be on the brink of an agricultural revolution. Political commitment to the sector is thankfully gaining momentum as an effective route to bring African populations out of hunger and poverty. But there is also talk that the region’s potential croplands should feed the rest of the world as well, in addition to providing vast quantities of biofuels. However, a new scientific paper released this week suggests African countries should cast global requests aside and instead focus on staple crop production to feed the continent first.' Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Mar/2015
ILRI wishes all its partners, investors, friends, colleagues and former staff a Very Happy Valentine's Day. Continue reading →
ILRI news blog, Feb/2015
An interesting and comprehensive paper, Dynamics and resilience of rangelands and pastoral peoples around the globe, was recently published in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 39: 217-242 (Oct 2014), DOI: 10.1146/annurev-environ-020713-163329. The lead author of the paper is Robin Reid, an ecologist and rangelands expert formerly with ILRI, in Nairobi, Kenya, and now director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Jan/2015
Wildlife populations are declining severely in many protected areas and unprotected pastoral areas of Africa, researchers from leading universities and international research institutes said. Continue reading →
ILRI clippings, Aug/2014
A recent study has found that wildlife are an important source of tick-borne diseases of livestock, with 70% of emerging pathogens originating from wildlife. The study found evidence of previously unknown parasite genotypes that may be infective to both small ruminants and equids (horses). Climate change could fuel the spread of such pathogens through the spread of their tick vector further impacting livestock production. Continue reading →
ILRI BioSciences, Jun/2014
Many pastoral livelihood and land use practices are aimed at reducing the risks involved in pursuing animal husbandry under conditions of low, variable and unpredictable rainfall of the East African rangelands.  The paper will address the difficulties of defining which strategy of mobility is more or less risky in a setting of social, environmental and economic complexity and the key question of whether land privatization decreases or increases risk in rangeland settings. Presenter: Prof. John Galaty...
Sustainable Livestock Digest,
ILRI's Research of 2009 is again reported on the 'Dynamics of Mara-Serengeti ungulates to land use changes'. A former project member, Dickson Ole Kaelo, speaking on the importance of conservancies in sustaining the Mara's wildlife, is quoted saying, "This land is critical to the survival of most resident and migratory wildlife species such as elephant and wildebeest.” According to the report, the Mara...
ILRI clippings,
 Pastoralists in Kenya and Tanzania are reverting to herding livestock in efforts to adapt to chronic rainfall shortages that have affected their attempts to grow crops as a means to diversifying their livelihoods. An article this week by AlertNet says pastoralists...
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