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Post-release monitoring of GPS collared scimitar-horned oryx reintroduced to the Ouadi-Rimé-Ouadi Achim, Chad

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Presented during the 17h Annual Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group Meeting organized by the NGO Sahara Conservation Fund in Senegal, from 4 to 6 May 2017. The Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) gathers every year about a hundred people who are interested in the field of Sahelo-Saharan species conservation.

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Post-release monitoring of GPS collared scimitar-horned oryx reintroduced to the Ouadi-Rimé-Ouadi Achim, Chad

  1. 1. 17th Annual Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group Meeting 2 days of talks on biodiversity conservation in the Sahara and in the Sahel Post-Release Monitoring of Reintroduced Scimitar-Horned Oryx Jared STABACH et al., Conservation Biologist - Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute May 4 – 6, 2017
  2. 2. ©D.Reed, SCBI ©T.Wacher, ZSL Post-Release Monitoring of Reintroduced Scimitar-Horned Oryx 1Conservation Ecology Center, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, VA, USA 2Zoological Society of London, London, UK 3Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 4Sahara Conservation Fund, ℅ Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis, MO, USA 17th Annual Sahelo-Saharan Interest Group Meeting St. Louis, Senegal 02-06 May 2017 Jared Stabach1, Tim Wacher2, Ricardo Pusey3, Justin Chuven3, Marc Dethier4, Katherine Mertes1, Melissa Songer1, Peter Leimgruber1, and John Newby4
  3. 3. 35 oryx reintroduced (33 collared) 12 calves born >137,000 GPS positions received 2 release groups (Aug 2016 | Jan 2017) 36 animals to be released Jul 2017 No adult mortality to date ©T Wacher, ZSL
  4. 4. Data Flow/Infrastructure ©T Wacher, ZSL NavStar Iridium
  5. 5. Real-Time Monitoring
  6. 6. Real-Time Monitoring
  7. 7. Post-Release Monitoring ©J.Newby, SCF
  8. 8. Software for electronically collecting and submitting survey data. Post-Release Monitoring
  9. 9. R Shiny Application
  10. 10. R Shiny Application
  11. 11. R Shiny Application
  12. 12. Next Steps Area requirements • What are the area requirements for a viable population? • Where are the core/critical areas? • Where are the seasonally important areas? Movement strategies • How long from release behavior to natural behavior? • How closely do animals track vegetation changes? • What are the triggers for dispersal? • Migration vs. residency vs. nomadism Human/natural disturbance • How do animals respond to anthropogenic disturbance? • Does disturbance alter space use? Survival/Mortality • Does seasonal timing of release effect survival?
  13. 13. Next Steps Continuous Time Movement ModelingArea requirements • What are the area requirements for a viable population? • Where are the core/critical areas? • Where are the seasonally important areas? Movement strategies • How long from release behavior to natural behavior? • How closely do animals track vegetation changes? • What are the triggers for dispersal? • Migration vs. residency vs. nomadism Human/natural disturbance • How do animals respond to anthropogenic disturbance? • Does disturbance alter space use? Survival/Mortality • Does seasonal timing of release effect survival?
  14. 14. Next Steps Area requirements • What are the area requirements for a viable population? • Where are the core/critical areas? • Where are the seasonally important areas? Movement strategies • How long from release behavior to natural behavior? • How closely do animals track vegetation changes? • What are the triggers for dispersal? • Migration vs. residency vs. nomadism Human/natural disturbance • How do animals respond to anthropogenic disturbance? • Does disturbance alter space use? Survival/Mortality • Does seasonal timing of release effect survival?
  15. 15. Next Steps Area requirements • What are the area requirements for a viable population? • Where are the core/critical areas? • Where are the seasonally important areas? Movement strategies • How long from release behavior to natural behavior? • How closely do animals track vegetation changes? • What are the triggers for dispersal? • Migration vs. residency vs. nomadism Human/natural disturbance • How do animals respond to anthropogenic disturbance? • Does disturbance alter space use? Survival/Mortality • Does seasonal timing of release effect survival?
  16. 16. With technical support from Acknowledgements

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