China blog 5
Wolong Nature Reserve, at 31 degrees north, on a similar latitude to Florida. But don’t be fooled, it’s very cold and damp in the Himalayas in February, and particularly since the super-hardy locals don’t believe in any indoor heating! Here we’re presenting to the Wolong Research group …. indoors. Thanks to our kind friends Ken and Eileen, who loaned us their Antarctic jackets, we survived to tell the tale…and more on that soon…
China blog 4: Finally we got to see Panda footprints in the snow!
In Chengdu we met our colleagues at the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda. Continue reading
Under blue skies and walking on sheet ice I boldly went tracking the Amur tiger with colleague Prof. Dr Guangshun Jiang, Executive Director of the Chinese State Administration Feline Research Center.
Blog from China: 2
China’s northeast, home of the rare and extraordinary Amur tiger regularly records temperatures below -30C in winter. The kind of temperature that freezes your breath before it leaves you.
Blog from China 1: China is implementing strict new measures against illegal poaching. A colleague in the Northeast Forestry University showed us
two pelts that had been confiscated – domestic dog furs dyed to broadly resemble tiger and snow leopard. The demand clearly outstrips supply.
We’re honoured to have been selected, by the Duke University Africa Initiative, to develop a new course on non-invasive techniques for monitoring endangered species for Professor Stuart Pimm’s Lab.