wildlife management

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  • The most important threats to brown bear populations in Iran 2019-04-17 09:56

    By Jamshid Parchizadeh

    The most important threats to brown bear populations in Iran

    Iran is a vast country with an area of 1,623,779 km2 in which there are 164 mammal species including the Asiatic black bear and brown bear. Human-bear conflict is the main reason for the brown bear number reduction and range collapse in this country. In this short article, I summarize the most important threats to brown bear populations in Iran:

  • Need for insect pollinator conservation to secure future of global agriculture forestry, apiculture industries, food security 2018-12-15 21:56

    By S. K. Basu and P. Zandi

    Need for insect pollinator conservation to secure future of global agriculture forestry, apiculture industries, food security

    Insect pollinators (honeybees, native bees, moths and butterflies, some species of beetles and flies) helping in the natural (biological cross pollination of crops around the globe are showing an alarming sign of population decline.

  • Leopard in snare escaped certain death, released back to wild 2018-10-20 21:50

    Leopard in snare escaped certain death, released back to wild

    TEHRAN — A leopard caught in snare, in northern city of Galugah in Mazandaran province, was safely released and went back to wild with no lasting harms, Tasnim news agency reported.

  • White-headed ducks 2018-07-14 09:34

    By Farnaz Heidari

    White-headed ducks victims of steep decline

    White-headed duck has endured high levels of habitat loss in Iran. Long-term population declines have intensified as a result of wetlands' changes and also droughts. Iran's dying wetlands were once breeding habitats of white-headed ducks and now are vulnerable to drainage, pollution, and other disturbances.

  • What choices do we have for saving Asiatic cheetahs? 2018-07-08 11:21

    By Farnaz Heidari

    What choices do we have for saving Asiatic cheetahs?

    There are recent reports on the successful cheetah translocations from South Africa to Liwonde National Park in Malawi led by African Parks.

  • Threat poachers posing to leopards 2018-07-08 11:15

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Threat poachers are posing to leopards

    Poaching is a controversial term and the issue remains complicated. Scientists, environmentalists and most of animal lovers are concerned with poaching effects on different wildlife populations. But in a country such as Iran, the big challenge of conservation is linked with reliable data especially in the case of poaching.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maryam Qarehgozlou 2017-09-05 20:24

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Is Iran’s environment chief seeing the bigger picture?

    TEHRAN — Isa Kalantari, the new director of the Department of Environment, is now in charge of one of the most criticized and challenged organizations in the country.

  • Felids under threat 2017/09/03

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Felids under threat

    Habitat fragmentation caused by agriculture and in general human interference results in the division of large, continuous habitats into smaller, more isolated remnants.

  • Pivotal concerns about feral and free roaming dogs 2017-08-26 09:35

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Pivotal concerns about feral and free roaming dogs

    Our susceptible wildlife is closing in on the extinction by human-wildlife conflicts. The resultant negative of human interference on wild animals and their habitats is widespread. Now dogs are often the most abundant terrestrial carnivore as Julie Young and her colleagues told the Bio-Science in 2011.

  • Igor Khorozyan 2017-08-20 10:50

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Digging deep into human-carnivore conflicts in Iran

    Human-carnivore conflicts is rapidly increasing in Iran. For instance just recently a young boy who was tending his sheep was attacked by a black bear on July 10, 2017 on the outskirts of a village in Jiroft, southeastern province of Kerman.

  • White-headed ducks/ Photo by Mohammadreza Masoud 2017/06/19

    By Farnaz Heidari

    White-headed ducks fall into drastic decline

    Long-term population declines for the white-headed duck have recently intensified in Iran as a result of habitat loss at the key sites such as Fars Province, Sistan Province, Lake Gurigöl and also south of Lake Urmia.

  • spotted owl 2017/06/12

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Spotted owls facing their nemesis

    Spotted owl upper parts are brown, colder and darker with white spots; dusky facial disc with broad white patch over and below the eyes, forming broad white spectacles, crown and nape finely spotted white. When perched, a broad white collar around the front of the neck is distinctive; under-parts strongly barred or spotted. Juveniles are gingery, with diffuse barring below. As mentioned before, spotted owls are crepuscular but frequently seen in daytime.

  • wildlife conservation 2017/05/21

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Canine distemper virus wildlife mortal enemy

    Diseases are parts of life, but in a well-balanced ecosystem virulent epidemics are rare. Disease can even be beneficial to a population, weeding out old or weak animals. Problems occur when a population of animals is exposed to a new disease to which it has not had a chance to build up natural immunity.

  • Delbar, female Asiatic cheetah, living in Pardisan Park (Photo by Farnaz Heidari) 2017-03-13 10:07

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Precious wildlife heritage in Tehran

    Koushki and Delbar considered are as the only two Asiatic Cheetahs in captivity all around the world. After facility outfit, Kushki had been transferred from Touran National Park, Semnan Province, and Delbar from Miandasht Wildlife Refuge, North Khorasan Province, to Asiatic Cheetah Research and Husbandry Headquarter in late 2014.

  • 12-1.jpg 2016-10-24 09:35

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Caracal, wildlife great hunter

    Caracal (Caracal caracal) is a native species in Iran and some other countries of southwest Asia into India. This species also have broadly distribution in Central Asia and Africa. The historical range of the Caracal mirrors that of the cheetah, and both coincide with the distribution of several small desert gazelles.

  • 12 Heidari-Wildlife Care.JPG 2016/10/02

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Why wildlife management in Iran needs more support?

    Like forests, wildlife has had special value for people, not only for the meat and hides which provides us with food and clothing, but also because we enjoy knowing that we share the Earth with other living creatures, enjoy observing them, and in some cases have made them cultural and even sacred symbols.