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
. . . If we don’t recognize the importance of both livestock and wildlife, southern Africa is going to lose out. The following excerpts are taken from the second part of a two-part interview with Steve Osofsky, Director of Wildlife Health Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society. 'In Botswana, if you want to export beef right now you have to have this physical separation of cattle and wildlife. But in order to produce beef that is free of foot and mouth disease, there are other ways through which it appears that that can be done safely. And this involves what we call commodity based trade—which exists in other parts of the world. And what we are really talking about is managing the risk of foot and mouth disease in a different way. Instead of neces...
ILRI clippings,
  'Sadly, wildlife are apparently being monitored into extinction in the Mara. Without urgent, decisive and resolute actions, more local extinctions may yet occur and the...
ILRI news blog,
Canada’s Parliament on Friday 23rd April, 2010, acknowledged the research of Philip Molo Osano, a doctoral student in the People, Livestock and Environment Theme (PLE) and McGill University. The Hon. Marc Garneau, Canadian Member of Parliament for Westmount-Ville Marie, Quebec, said Mr Osano's work "will provide an invaluable contribution to understanding development programs in rural Africa, which hope to balance nature conservation, use of land for conservation and the economic life of nomadic herders." According to the Canadian Hansard,  Hon. Garneau said "Mr. Osano's research inspires talented Canadian students to travel to Africa to participate in field work in programs like McGill's African field studies semester program". Mr. Osano won the IDRC Doctoral Research Award. Osano work...
Sustainable Livestock Digest,

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