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Oryx: 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 2014 issue of Oryx, which contains 17 research articles as well as a range of other material, is available until the end of December 2014. Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation on Facebook Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation on Twitter
The lead article of the April 2014 issue of Oryx examines an emerging human–wildlife conflict involving the killing of livestock by griffon vultures in south-east Europe, and is illustrated by the cover image of a vulture post-feeding. Although livestock predation by griffon vultures is a relatively minor problem, the media has fuelled the negative perception of these birds and, as a consequence, there have been a number of instances of illegal poisoning of the vultures. The editorial (Home, home on the range…) by John Newby, of the Sahara Conservation Fund, addresses some of the challenges involved in the conservation of wildlife in the Sahara, where many species face the threat of extinction as a result of drought, desertification, hunting, and loss of habitat as land is converted for livestock grazing. Amongst the other research articles on a diverse range of conservation topics, Bayliss et al. report the findings from their recent scientific expeditions to Mt Mabu, in northern Mozambique, including lists of plant, bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian and butterfly species found there. Mt Mabu is sometimes referred to as the Google Forest because it was identified from satellite imagery on Google Earth, and more recently as the Butterfly Forest because of the hill-topping phenomenon in which hundreds of butterflies gather on the mountain summit during October–November. Amongst other matters, the issue includes articles on the translocation of the short-tailed albatross, the importance of fishermen’s perceptions for sustainability in Indian fisheries, and the reintroduction of western lowland gorillas in Central Africa.
Read the full list of articles in the April issue of Oryx.
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