Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Khonkaen University, Thailand
Zoo and wildlife animal medicine lecturer (Mahasarakham university, Thailand)
My PhD Project primarily involves assigning paternity and generating population pedigree of the southern white rhinoceros in Botswana using genetic markers. This population in Botswana has been trans located from South Africa because the indigenous population was extinct. Although the number of rhinoceroses in Africa has been increased as a result of several conservation strategies, they originated from only about 20 individuals. With such a small number of the founding population, this leads to comparatively low genotypic variation in this species and may cause unexpected genetic consequences. This will require the development of a novel set of genetic “SNP” markers to solve the problem. The genetic relationship amongst individuals and populations will provide valuable information for reproductive planning particularly for minimising the consequences of inbreeding.
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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.