Janes PhD broadly aims to develop novel genetic tools for the conservation and management of vulnerable Manta and Mobula rays. At present, Jane is working on developing a Global Mobulid Genetic ID kit, which can be used by enforcement officers and researchers alike to identify Mobulid rays and their parts firstly to species level, and later to regional level. This work will be invaluable in supporting species listings on CITES and CMS, and ultimately in the conservation of the group.
BSc (University of Sheffield, UK) Zoology
MRes (University of Leeds, UK) Biodiversity and Conservation
The Manta Trust, Genetics Project Manager
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RZSS response to the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration
I was surprised and dismayed to read about the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration, which fails to recognise the importance of that vital pillar of biodiversity recovery, as well as flying in the face of recent guidance from the world authority for conservation, the IUCN.
Critically endangered wildcats now call the Cairngorms National Park home
The first round of wildcat releases in Scotland has been completed by Saving Wildcats, led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) in partnership with NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), The Cairngorms National Park Authority, Nordens Ark and Consejería de Sostenibilidad, Medio Ambiente y Economía Azul de la Junta de Andalucía.