European Studbook Foundation – www.studbooks.eu

I represent the European Studbook Foundation at board level for the United Kingdom. I also administer the studbook for bot the Armadillo Lizard: O. cataphractus and the Sungazer: S. giganteus. I keep track of the Sungazers being kept in zoological collections and private keepers throughout Europe Рregistration of animals is completely voluntary which means that[....]

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Ancient Remnants

Flagship species are selected for their public appeal, visibility, vulnerability or uniqueness and are useful for highlighting and explaining the broader issues facing a particular environment. In South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) has focused on the regionally Endangered Oribi Ouerebia and Critically Endangered Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea to highlight the threats to our[....]

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National Zoological Gardens (Pretoria)

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) is currently developing species-specific genetic microsatellite markers for the Sungazer to contribute to population genetic information on the species, for example on genetic structure, individual identification and inbreeding within and between different populations within the distribution range. The data will provide more information on the extent of[....]

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Shivan Parusnath MSc project (WITS, TUT & EWT)

AIMS Quantify the relationship between the number of occupied burrows and population density across different habitat types. Visual counts are often inaccurate and difficult to conduct when working with elusive animals. Indirect observational methods may thus be employed to estimate population density in such cases (Beck-King et al., 1999). Counting burrows has proven to be[....]

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The Endangered Wildlife Trusts Threatened Grassland Species Programme

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We aim to identify the remaining intact populations of Sungazer’s, using them as a flagship and umbrella species for the conservation of priority remaining intact grasslands within the highland grasslands of South Africa. The presence of Sungazer’s indicates healthy, ecologically functioning grassland systems that sustain ecosystem processes such as water production and carbon sequestration. The[....]

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