10/12/2014

Blog from the field

Welcome to the Bristol Zoological Society’s first ‘Blog from the field’.

During the coming weeks, months (and years) we’ll be sending out snippets of information on what our field teams and partners are currently up to in both the UK and overseas. Hope you enjoy them! Neil Maddison, Head of Conservation Programmes, Bristol Zoological Society.

Welcome to the Bristol Zoological Society’s first ‘Blog from the field’. During the coming weeks, months (and years) we’ll be sending out snippets of information on what our field teams and partners are currently up to in both the UK and overseas. Hope you enjoy them!

Neil Maddison, Head of Conservation Programmes, Bristol Zoological Society.

Camera traps in the Philippines.

Exciting stuff going on! Nigel Simpson, our Curator of Birds is heading off to the Philippines on 19th January.  Nigel will be working with local villagers in Mantiquil, on the islands of Negros, to set up camera traps in the area we’re working to conserve.  We’ve trialled the cameras at Bristol Zoo (make sure you watch the footage) and we’re confident that they’ll work in the forest.  We’re looking to confirm the sightings of Negros bleeding heart doves, which still exist in some of the valleys. The Negros bleeding heart dove is Critically Endangered in the wild, with estimates of only 300 pairs left. There are a few in captivity, on Negros, but nowhere near enough to create a viable population, should we need to reintroduce them.

Keep your fingers crossed we find them!  And watch this space if when we do!

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