wildlife conservation

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  • A legacy of agricultural poisons/Photo by Farnaz Heidari 2018-06-02 12:31

    Penned by Farnaz Heidari

    A legacy of agricultural poisons

    The potentially lethal impact of DDT on wildlife and especially birds of prey was first noted in the late 1950s. And now we know, spraying to control pests can head to poisoning of the environment and living creatures just like humans.

  • Entry to southwestern protected areas prohibited 2018-05-24 06:34

    Entry to southwestern protected areas prohibited

    TEHRAN — Considering the beginning of wildlife breeding season in Kohgiluyeh and Boyerahmad province’s protected areas, southwestern Iran, people are banned from entering the region, the provincial chief of the department of environment has said.

  • panish Imperial Eagle 2018/05/11

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Put a price on endangered species

    One of the world's rarest birds of prey, the Spanish Imperial Eagle, was thought to be in recovery in the early 1980s but numbers have declined and now the species is qualified as Vulnerable (VU) necessitating comprehensive management plans.

  • Asiatic Cheetah 2018-04-28 18:54

    More than 5,500 livestock moved out of Asiatic cheetah’s home range in Iran

    TEHRAN — Following the “cheetah forever” campaign contributions some 5,536 livestock have been moved out of cheetah home ranges in Touran National Park in the central province of Semnan, campaign spokesman Hamidreza Mirzadeh has said.

  • Euracian lynx/Photo by Amin Mirzaee 2018-04-27 09:55

    by Farnaz Heidari

    Detailed action plan prerequisite for conservation of lynxes in Iran

    Lynx is the animal that conservationists have distinguished as an indication of an intact environment. Now, some groups of dedicated conservationists are working to save the wild populations in natural ecosystems.

  • Back on the wolves' challenge 2018/04/15

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Back on the wolves' challenge

    Wolves are major predators and their main prey consists of wild sheep, gazelle and small vertebrates. When hungry they will also feed on lizards, vegetables, fruit, and even domestic livestock.

  • Some tips for green trips 2018-03-24 13:26

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    Some tips for green trips

    For many, holidays equals traveling. Individuals may prefer to travel to near or far destinations to gain experience, have fun and create some lasting moments in their lives.

  • Insurance compensates for damages done by leopards 2018-03-20 07:26

    Insurance compensates for damages done by leopards

    TEHRAN – The damages caused by leopards to 59 individuals bearing losses in 11 provinces have been compensated through insurance, said Ali Teymouri, the Department of Environment’s deputy director for hunting and fishing, Mehr reported.

  • Kaiser's mountain newt among 25th edition of UN endangered species stamps 2018-03-13 20:36

    Kaiser's mountain newt among 25th edition of UN endangered species stamps

    TEHRAN — Kaiser's mountain newt, also known as Lorestan mountain newt, was among the 25th edition of the United Nations endangered species stamps unveiled on March 2.

  • Dimming the light of sharks' life 2018-01-27 09:59

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Dimming the light of sharks' life

    Sharks are hunters par excellence. They frequent a wide range of habitats. Most of sharks are magnificently designed. Multiple rows of replaceable triangular teeth, and also a battery of receptors that almost defy human comprehension, considered as the best tools for a precedent apex predator.

  • Vague, imprecise ecosystem, wildlife management approaches in Iran 2018-01-24 10:15

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Vague, imprecise ecosystem, wildlife management approaches in Iran

    In the early 1800s, bird expert Alexander Wilson watched a single migrating flock of passenger pigeons darken the sky for over 4 hours. He estimated that this flock was more than 2 billion birds strong, some 386 kilometers long, and 1.6 kilometers wide.

  • Roudsar leopard dies in fight with hedgehog 2017-12-22 10:29

    Roudsar leopard dies in fight with hedgehog

    TEHRAN — Persian leopard Arezoo, well-known for being named after her habitat in Roudsar, northern Iran, was found dead apparently after a fight with a hedgehog.

  • Golestan National Park 2017-12-17 08:27

    $7.5m earmarked for Golestan National Park

    National parks budget raised by threefold

    TEHRAN – The budget of Golestan National Park, northern Iran, will rise to 300 billion rials (nearly $7.5 million) in the next Iranian calendar year, starting March 21, 2018.

  • Przewalskis horse 2017-12-16 10:18

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Zoos seen as saviors of endangered animals

    Zoos can effectively work together to conserve some of the endangered animals. Zoos have the necessary knowledge and experience in animal care, veterinary medicine, animal behavior, reproductive biology, and genetics to establish captive animal populations of endangered animals.

  • Asiatic Cheetah/ Photo by Ali Mohammadi 2017-12-03 20:20

    By Farnaz Heidari

    International Cheetah Day: Let’s save the fastest beauties

    Asiatic Cheetah which is considered to be a sleek and beautiful cat throughout history is the fastest land-animal that can accelerate from 0 to 96.6 km/h in under three seconds.

  • Insect pollinators 2017/12/02

    By S. K. Basu and P. Zandi

    Insect pollinators in peril

    The plight of natural insect pollinators like bees (both native or indigenous bees and honey bees), moths and butterflies, certain species of pollination friendly beetles and flies need to be taken seriously around the globe.

  • Stephane Ostrowski 2017-11-27 13:22

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Conservation a ‘never ending’ effort as it confronts ‘never ending’ disturbance processes

    The Asiatic cheetah nowadays only exists in Iran where its survival raises multiple challenges. To prevent the extinction of this iconic cat species from its last refuge in Asia, it is essential to draw the attention of people and generate enough positive support.

  • Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project 2017-11-11 20:26

    UNDP not to extend Iran’s Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project

    TEHRAN — United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has lately announced that they are not planning on renewing Iran’s Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project.

  • Roudsar leopard released back to wild  2017-11-05 20:00

    Roudsar leopard released back to wild

    TEHRAN — A Persian leopard that had been severely injured by getting caught in snare in February was fully recovered and released back to wild on Sunday.

  • Parvin Farshchi 2017-11-01 20:33

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    A need for national, regional, international co-op to save Caspian seal

    TEHRAN — There is a great need for national, regional and international cooperation to conserve the Caspian seal, an environment official has said.