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Bezoar goat (Capra aegagrus aegagrus) at Lagodekhi, Geogia
Camera-traps installed in the forests of Lagodekhi Protected Areas in Eastern Georgia have captured images of a Bezoar goat, months after an unprecedented Bezoar sighting in a different part of the reserve. Bezoar goats, which generally prefer dry and rocky habitats, have never been photographed in Lagodekhi Protected Areas and camera-trap images of a six-year [...]
Male Bezoar (Capra aegagrus aegagrus) at Lagodekhi, Georgia
Camera –traps installed in the forests of Lagodekhi Protected Areas in the mountains of Eastern Georgia have caught images of an unexpected visitor, sparking cautious optimism for biodiversity in the region. The camera traps, installed by local biodiversity NGO NACRES, and funded by Protected Areas financing mechanism, the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF), were intended to [...]
Female caspian red deer (Cervus elaphus maral), Armenia
The Caucasus Nature Fund is supporting an exciting new initiative to re-introduce Caucasian Red Deer to Armenia, decades after the species became locally extinct. A new breeding center in Dilijan National Park is expected to produce enough animals over the next five years to be released back into their natural habitat. The re-introduction project is [...]
Georgia's Ministers of the Interior (Left), Environment (centre) and Finance (right) sign a memorandum on cooperation to tackle illegal activity in Georgia's Protected Areas (Source, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Protection of Georgia) The Georgian Government has taken a decisive step towards tackling poaching, with the signing on June 25 of a memorandum on [...]
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus maral), Armenia
The Caucasian Red Deer (Cervus elaphus maral) was widespread in Armenia during the late 19th century, large populations could be found in forests across Armenia, including Dilijan National Park and in the Syunik Province’s Meghri, Bargushat and Zangezur ridges. The species became locally extinct in the 1950s and is today listed as critically endancgered (CR) in [...]
Biomonitoring with drone
CNF’s partner NACRES is currently developing and testing a drone device which will be used to monitor bio-diversity in Georgia’s Borjomi-Kharagauli national park. The custom-built device is currently being developed by a technology firm in Tbilisi, as part of a project co-funded by CNF and the GEF Small Grants Pogramme implemented by UNDP in Georgia. [...]
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus maral) © Agency of Protected Areas, Georgia
The Caucasian red deer has been spotted in Tusheti Protected Areas after decades of absence. The Caucasian red deer or Cervus elaphus maral is listed as critically endangered in both the Georgian and Armenian Red Book. It was thought that Georgia had only two very small and isolated populations  in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and Lagodekhi Strict [...]
Fighting Bezoar Goats © WWF-Armenia/A.Malkhasyan
Because Armenia’s Khosrov Forest is only an hour or so from Yerevan, I have been there at least a dozen times over the last six years, and last month I drove out there again, this time mainly for the celebration of WWF’s 10 years in the country. Khosrov, which has been receiving CNF support since [...]
Horse back riders in Khrosov Forest Reserve Armenia
Remarks of David Morrison on the Occasion of the Signature of an MOU on Protected Areas Tourism Development in Armenia, February 2014 I am often asked: “What does tourism have to do with nature protection? In a world where we are losing biodiversity at such a disastrous rate, aren’t people the problem for nature? Wouldn’t [...]
Recent Caucasian leopard tracks in Armenia give new hope to conservationists working in the Caucasus. Villagers in the Shvanidzor and Syunik province as well as borders guards along the Armenian-Iranian border have confirmed leopard sightings in the last few months. The last known photograph of a leopard in Armenia was taken by WWF in 2007, these recent sightings give us [...]
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