WCS 3-Sentence Science
May 1, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present Kirk Olson’s work on connectivity of Mongolian gazelle movement corridors:
- Scientists tracked 22 Mongolian gazelles (Procapra gutturosa) over the vast grasslands of Mongolia for a 1–3 year period using GPS.
- They found gazelles avoid human disturbance, and that no single protected area was large enough to contain them, with barriers such as fences posing particular problems to their movements.
- Because nomadic species lack defined movement corridors, the authors advocate integrated land use planning that prioritizes permeability and connectivity across the entire landscape to facilitate long-distance movements.
Study and Journal: “Challenges in the conservation of wide-ranging nomadic species” from Journal of Applied Ecology
WCS Co-Author(s): Kirk Olson, WCS Mongolia Program
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