1 Tahrcountry Musings: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Amazing videos of a pod of dolphins protecting a New Zealand swimmer from a great white shark

Adam Walker spotted the shark underneath him while swimming the Cook Strait. His swim was to raise money for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation.  A pod of 10 dolphins started swimming with him soon after.They stayed next to him until the shark swam off.

Walker wrote on Facebook “"I'd like to think they were protecting me and guiding me home!!!"

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wildlife crusader Suren Gazaryan wins Goldman Environmental Prize

It is not every day that we hear about a scientist taking on the mighty and powerful and come up as a winner. Dr Suren Gazaryan, a bat scientist did exactly that. He fought for the dwindling forests of the Western Caucasus, taking on the powerful in Russia. DR Gazaryan has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his wonderful contribution to conservation. We salute this brave fighter.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Creating awareness and support for Indian wildlife - Rahul Kumar

This is a repost from IUCN website. We hope this article would act as an inspiration for other budding conservationists.

21-year-old Rahul Kumar is a dedicated undergraduate Biology student from India. He has worked with several organizations in his home country to protect wildlife and create better practices for conserving natural habitats and resources. His project, an online platform to create awareness and public support for wildlife issues in the state of Bihar, India, was one of the winners of the 2013 CoalitionWILD Wilder World Challenge. He is now a CoalitionWILD Ambassador.

CoalitionWILD is an exciting ongoing program to inspire and empower younger generations into the future. As a movement of rising leaders creating a wilder world, the initiative promotes successful projects via a website (www.CoalitionWILD.org) and acts as an action catalyst as well as an inspirational hub for tomorrow’s leaders.

Rahul is definitely one of these inspirational young leaders, with his website that engages more individuals into protecting nature in India and functions as a central information source and platform for public participation, connecting communities throughout the country. Ensuring that local wildlife concerns are thoroughly documented and highlighted with regular updates is the main goal of the website. Additionally, it will allow anyone to report illegal activities, seek assistance in case of an emergency (rescue or treatment of wildlife), as well as increase awareness for local environmental campaigns.

Working in wildlife projects since high school, Rahul has also committed himself to exposing corruption, illegal wildlife trade and creating awareness of exploitive activities occurring in local communities and zoos in his hometown of Patna as well as Bihar, such as the capture of rare species of snakes by snake charmers, the illegal extraction of snake venom, and the sale of endangered species of birds. In 2012, he became a survey assistant for the Ganges River Dolphin Survey, a project from the Vikramshila Biodiversity Research and Education Center collecting information about the Ganges River biodiversity, specifically the endemic dolphin populations, and socioeconomic conditions of fishing communities. The Ganges River dolphin is classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and this project contributes to its conservation by also providing important recommendations for developing sustainable fisheries.

Exposed to the harming river management practices, last year Rahul started working on a sub-project of the Ganges River Dolphin Conservation Project named “Dolphin Mitra” or Friends of the Dolphins. This sub-project seeks to involve local fisherman in becoming active in the monitoring and reporting of illegal activities in the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary because “it is crucial that we encourage agile participation at the grassroots level”. Creating this network of vigilant fisherman has already exposed some individuals with illegal and incredibily destructive fishing practices, such as using a mosquito net to fish, which can now be closely monitored. The network also aims to establish safer practices which are more sensitive to the needs of the endangered dolphin population.

Rahul Kumar is thus part of this new generation of conservationists tirelessly working and campaigning to induce change around the world. Although acknowledging that it’s a long road ahead, he firmly believes that the “time to begin the wildlife conservation crusade worldwide has arrived” and we shouldn’t be pessimistic because “there are infinite possibilities everywhere!”

Thursday, April 03, 2014

2014 DICE MSc Scholarship

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent is pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 DICE MSc Scholarship scheme.

The successful applicant will receive a fully funded studentship on one of our taught Masters in our Conservation Science and Management programme. 

Deadline 13 April 2014. 

Applicants must:
• Be nationals of or have official refugee status in a country that is officially recognized as Lower to Upper-Middle Income
• Have at least two years of work experience in the conservation sector.
• Be in possession of a good undergraduate degree,

• Meet the English language requirements as required by UKBA.

Get the Full details here.