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The Conservationist’s Journal 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 2015 issue of Oryx, which contains 22 research articles as well as a range of other material, is available until the end of December 2015.
In the Editorial of the October 2015 issue of Oryx Chris Sandbrook poses the question What is conservation? Stimulated by debate around the so-called new conservation, he considers the various definitions of conservation and the diversity of perspectives among conservationists, and proposes a broad definition that he hopes will be acceptable to all: ‘actions that are intended to establish, improve, or maintain good relations with nature.’ He goes on to argue that there are many conservations, and that recognition of this diversity has important implications for the future of the conservation movement. The issue features a special section on crocodile conservation, and the lead article, by Simon Pooley, examines how attack data can be used to save the lives of both people and crocodiles. There is also a section comprising seven articles on carnivore conservation, including conservation of the Saharan cheetah on Niger’s Termit massif, survival rates and causes of mortality of leopards in southern Africa, the effect of alternative forms of hunting on the social organization of two small populations of lions in southern Africa, the distribution of the kodkod, the density of ocelots in Mexico’s Sierra Abra-Tanchipa Biosphere Reserve, recovering the jaguar in peripheral range, and the use of non-invasive genetic techniques to detect the presence of the Endangered Amur tiger in Jilin Province, China. Other topics covered in the issue include spatial and temporal patterns of the pig-nosed turtle in the Kikori region of Papua New Guinea, the costs and benefits of lethal and non-lethal human-wildlife conflict mitigation on livestock farms, the conservation status of chimpanzees in Liberia, and the distribution and response of threatened birds to habitat change in Angola’s Kumbira Forest.
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.
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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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