|Dr Samuel Turvey|
This project is a continuation of the collaborative international 2004 'Workshop on conservation of the baiji and Yangtze finless porpoise', March 2006 pilot Yangtze baiji survey, and Nov-Dec 2006 Yangtze Freshwater Dolphin Expedition.
Sam is hoping to elucidate the factors that caused the possible extinction of the baiji
Led by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the project collaboration comprises the Sociedad Ornitológica de la Hispaniola, the Zoological Society of London, the Parque Zoologico Nacional (ZooDom), and the Ministerio de Estado de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de Republica Dominica. The project started in October 2009 and its purpose is to enable the long-term conservation of the Hispaniolan solenodon and hutia through participatory species action planning, a strengthened evidence-base, an island-wide monitoring programme, and improved awareness. Among the many outputs will be a range of scientific publications, including maps of species distribution and priority conservation zones, and evidence-based Species Action Plans.
Establish whether there are any functioning baji populations remaining in the Yangtze river basin and conduct appropriate conservation actions.
Long considered the world‘s rarest and most threatened cetacean, this species may already be extinct.
Turvey, S.T. Witness to Extinction: How We Failed to Save the Yangtze River Dolphin. 2009. Oxford University Press.
Turvey, S.T. (Ed.) Holocene Extinctions . Oxford University Press (to be published 2008).
Turvey, S.T., Meredith, H.M.R. & Scofield, R.P. In press. Continued survival of Hispaniolan solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus ) in Haiti. Oryx.
Turvey, S.T., Pitman, R.L., Taylor, B.L., Barlow, J., Akamatsu, T., Barrett, L.A., Zhao Xiujiang, Reeves, R.R., Stewart, B.S., Pusser, L.T., Wang Kexiong, Wei Zhuo, Zhang Xianfeng, Richlen, M., Brandon, J.R. & Wang Ding. 2007. First human-caused extinction of a cetacean species? Biology Letters 3: 537-540.
Isaac, N.J.B., Turvey, S.T., Collen, B., Waterman, C. & Baillie, J.E.M. 2007. Mammals on the EDGE: conservation priorities based on threat and phylogeny. PLoS One 2(3): e296. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000296
Turvey, S.T., Oliver, J.R., Narganes Storde, Y. & Rye, P. 2007. Late Holocene extinction of Puerto Rican native land mammals. Biology Letters 3: 193-196.
Turvey, S.T., Grady, F.V. & Rye, P. 2006. A new genus and species of ‘giant hutia’ (Tainotherium valei ) from the Quaternary of Puerto Rico: an extinct arboreal quadruped? Journal of Zoology 270: 585-594.
Turvey, S.T., Barrett, L.A., Braulik, G.T. & Wang Ding. 2006. Implementing the recovery programme for the Yangtze River dolphin. Oryx 40: 257-258.
Turvey, S.T. & Risley, C.L. 2006. Modelling the extinction of Steller’s sea cow. Biology Letters 2: 94-97.