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Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation, published quarterly by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Fauna & Flora International, is a leading scientific journal of biodiversity conservation, conservation policy and sustainable use, with a particular interest in material that has the potential to improve conservation management and practice.
The website www.oryxthejournal.org plays a vital role in the journal’s capacity-building work. Amongst the site’s many attributes is a compendium of sources of free software for researchers and details of how to access Oryx at reduced rates or for free in developing countries. The website also includes extracts from Oryx issues published 10, 25 and 50 years ago, and a gallery of research photographs that provide a fascinating insight into the places, species and people described in the journal.
The January issue of Oryx is made freely available on the Cambridge Journals website each year. The January 2013 issue of Oryx, which contains 16 research articles as well as a range of other material, is available until the end of December 2013.
The April 2013 issue of Oryx contains 20 research articles, including three that make up a special section focusing on the use of local knowledge for conservation purposes. In the lead article Leela Rajamani uses community knowledge to inform the conservation and management of the dugong, a rare species of marine mammal, in the Sulu Sea, Malaysia. When financial constraints are high and the need for management intervention for threatened species is potentially urgent, using local ecological knowledge for the management of protected areas is often the best option. The findings of an assessment of the status of 40 threatened vertebrate species in North Vietnam, reported in a case study in this special section, was dependent on the local ecological knowledge of hunters in the Mgo Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve in North Vietnam. In the third article Suazo et al’s documentation of fishermen’s perceptions of interactions between seabirds and artisanal fisheries demonstrates that an understanding of the traditional practices of fishermen is critical for the future of community-based conservation of marine resources and biodiversity in the Chanos archipelago of Chilean Patagonia.
Two further special sections in this issue include three articles on plant conservation and seven focusing on carnivore conservation. Elsewhere in the issue, C. Briceño et al. present good news about an increase in a huemul population in coastal Patagonia, Chile, following the successful removal of cattle and the cessation of poaching.
Read the full list of articles in the April issue of Oryx.
A major benefit of becoming a member of Fauna & Flora International is that you can choose to have an online subscription to Oryx. This includes access to the journal’s archives from 1950 to the present day. The Archive is fully searchable, and includes original research articles, news items and much more besides, all available as pdf files.
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If you join Fauna & Flora International as an Oryx Member, Sponsor Member, Life Member or Concessionary Member you will receive a copy of Oryx every quarter.
Membership includes access to all the issues of Oryx published between 1950 and the current issue. Fauna & Flora International also offers institutional subscriptions.