Conservation Breakfast with Dr. Hayden Cuthill, Wildlifevets.com
Please join us at Tomjachu Bush Retreat on Wednesday 24th March for a conservation breakfast, where we have invited Dr Hayden Cuthill to give the below presentation on an exciting concept and the potential it holds for the wildlife of eastern Mpumalanga.
Wildlife Genetic Enhancement Program
“Maintaining genetic diversity in eco-estates and other small fenced wildlife properties.”
Presented by Dr. Hayden Cuthill
Maintaining genetic diversity is a crucial element of conservation, but due to the introduction of fences and human settlement, maintaining diversity outside of large conservation areas has become a critical issue. Each fenced reserve may be slowly heading towards a genetic bottleneck.
However, this can be avoided with focused management and animal trading between reserves.
Through discussions with many different stakeholders, but most notably contributed to by Dr Mike Peel and Dr Cobus Raath, Wildlifevets.com has identified a potential solution to the impacts of fencing on genetics and the potential for inbreeding that comes with these fences.
Managing these reserves as metapopulations and trading genetics between reserves will essentially be akin to removing the fences and mimicking the natural movement of animals between areas as they did before the fences were erected.
Please join us at Tomjachu Bush Retreat on Wednesday 24th March, where Dr Hayden Cuthill will be giving a presentation on this exciting concept and the potential it holds for the wildlife of eastern Mpumalanga.
Yours in conservation,
Hayden Cuthill on behalf of Wildlifevets.com
Dr HI Cuthill
SAVC Reg No. D20/12945
The presentation will start at 8.00am lasting around 45 minutes, after which we invite you to join us for a productive discussion over a full cooked breakfast including coffee and orange juice (R90pp).
Please RSVP to confirm if you will be attending, and we look forward to seeing you all there!
Directions can be found here.