eintroduction of Dama gazelle

The Mohrr Gazelle (Gazella dama mohrr), a sub-species of the dama gazelle is one of the rarest and most beautiful animals in the world. In the past, it was widespread in Western Sahara. By 1930, it had practically disappeared. The last known specimens were probably shot in 1968. Fortunately, the Kingdom of Morocco had sent 10 gazelles, caught in the wild, to Spain for safekeeping in 1960. At the request of the Kingdom of Morocco to the CIC, the Foundation negotiated the gift by the Experimental Station of Arid Zones, Almeria, Spain, of 3 animals which, together with another 3 given to the CIC by Hellabrunn Park of Munich, were released in the R'Mila Royal Reserve, near Marrakech in 1992. In 1996, the reintroduction was considered a success as, after the third generation, 17 dama gazelles were grazing in the Royal Reserve. Wetland Reserve of Merdja-Zerga Morocco (1984) In collaboration with the CIC, and in agreement with the Moroccan Authorities, the Foundation sent engineers from France for an initiation to the management of wetlands, identification and census of migratory birds. Material assistance was provided to delimit the Reserve.

Reintroduction of Scimitar-horned oryx

A hundred years ago the scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah) were present all around the Sahara. They had disappeared from North Africa at the beginning of the century and may now be extinct in the remainder of their original range. In 1983, the Government of Tunisia requested the help of the Foundation to reintroduce oryx in Bou-Hedma National Park, so as to reestablish a free-ranging herd in southern Tunisia. A breeding herd of 10 juvenile oryx (5 males and 5 females), captive-bred in U.K. Zoological Parks, brought by air and road , were released in 1986. Guineafowl (Numida meleagris), caught in the wild in Senegal, were also reintroduced at a later date.By 1997, those first ten oryx had produced a herd of 84 animals. The operation has been so successful that the Tunisian Government is now planning the restocking of two other National Parks with some of the Bou-Hedma stock.

Rhino translocation

In the 1980's, most African and Asian rhino species/populations were on the brink of extinction, due to heavy poaching for the horn. The Foundation decided to contribute to an emergency operation in favour of the african black rhino (Diceros bicornis) in Southern Africa. A special all-terrain Mercedes truck was provided for the transport of tranquilized rhinos. Financial support was also provided to Zimbabwe's Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management for the darting of rhinos by helicopter. The objective was to capture the animals from international border areas and translocate them to heavily guarded areas in central Zimbabwe. with success although operations were nearly halted after the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management's budgets were cut in 1990, following the CITES ivory trade ban. Two charter flights of French school children were taken in the field to observe operations, and witness the reality of the problem and the practical solutions.

Initiation, monitoring and funding of Ar-Toul taïga Reserve

In 1982, The mongolian people's Republic government asked the Foundation's support to set up, between Ulan Baatar and the Russian border, an area of approximately 1 million hectares of virgin taïga as a Reserve. This region of pristine southern boreal forest holds no roads or human settlement. It is populated by Asiatic wapiti (Cervus canadensis wachei), brown bear (Ursus arctos), wolves (Canis lupus), wolverines (Gulo gulo), moose (Alces alces cameloides), siberian roe deer (Capreolus capreolus bedfordi), as well as capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) and hazel grouse (Tetrastes bonasia).

Initiation, monitoring and funding of Khukhtsyrh High Altaï Reserve

In 1978, The Foundation signed with the Mongolian People's Republic a formal agreement to cooperate in the study, monitoring, conservation, management and development of the country's wildlife. The Foundation had identified as a conservation priority the High Altaï range, with its population of argali (Ovis ammon ammon), siberian ibex (Capra ibex sibirica), snow leopard ( Panthera uncia), wolves (Canis lupus), and marmots (Marmotta marmotta). The Mongolian People's Republic government agreed to designate the Khukhtsyrh Reserve, of approximately 100,000 hectares in the highest massif of the High Altaï, to conserve the exceptional wild flora and fauna of this region.



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