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Research Priorities

At present, the Lolldaiga Hills Research Program has two priority themes for research:

  1. Document the biodiversity of the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape. Undertake field surveys designed to develop authoritative, comprehensive, species list (see ‘Species Lists’). The species lists for birds, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians and the larger mammals are well underway, the lists for plants and smaller mammals require much more field work, while the species lists for most orders of invertebrates have hardly begun…or have not been initiated.
  1. Conduct applied ecological and behavioural research for the improved management of the globally and national threatened species that occur on the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape. What are more urgently required are data on the abundance and distribution of the threatened species so that baselines for long-term monitoring can be established.

According to the 2014 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (www.iucnredlist.org), seven of large mammals in the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape are threatened with extinction. These are:

  • Critically Endangered: black rhinoceros
  • Endangered: African wild dog, Grevy’s zebra
  • Vulnerable: savanna elephant, lion, cheetah, hippopotamus

In addition, there are two subspecies of large mammal in the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape that are threatened with extinction. These are: 

  • Endangered: Lelwel hartebeest
  • Vulnerable: Chanler’s mountain reedbuck

             Of the birds known to occur on the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape, the following nine species are threatened:

  • Endangered: Madagascar pond heron, hooded vulture, white-backed vulture, Ruppell’s vulture, grey crowned crane
  • Vulnerable: secretarybird, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, southern ground hornbill
Lelwel hartebeest with young (Alcephalus buselaphus lelwel) at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

Lelwel hartebeest with young (Alcephalus buselaphus lelwel) at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

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