Wildlife of Tarangire
Enjoy some photos from our last survey in June. The long rainy season ends in May and the vegetation was still green and lush.
The Wild Nature Institute contributed to a significant new book entitled Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature's Phoenix. The book, just published by Elsevier Press, presents meticulously gathered scientific information on the paradigm shift that is changing the way people think about wildfire and ecosystems, including how high-severity fires are natural and necessary to create and renew critical habitat for many kinds of plants and animals that thrive in burned areas.
Monica Bond wrote a chapter about mammals and high-severity fire, and contributed to a chapter about birds. This is the first-ever academic book to address the importance of high-severity fire with regards to the maintenance of native biodiversity and fire-dependent ecosystems and species.
On 29 June, Wild Nature Institute scientists Derek Lee and Monica Bond had a wonderful day at the headquarters of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in Gland, Switzerland. We gave a lunchtime presentation to staff from IUCN and other international conservation organizations about the plight of giraffe, and described our research and conservation efforts for the Tall Ones in northern Tanzania. Derek is a member of IUCN's Giraffe and Okapi Specialist Group and it was fun to meet the energetic and enthusiastic staff in Switzerland. Special thanks to Andrea Athanas of the African Wildlife Foundation and Dena Cator of IUCN for organizing this talk!
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