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Simon Mahood MSc
Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam
  • Researcher
[General description section]
I am currently working on Javan Rhino conservation, it’s great to have a job that enables me to contribute towards the conservation of one of the world’s rarest mammals. I have been interested in wildlife, and particularly birds, for as long as I can remember. Most of my previous work has involved birds. Prior to working for WWF on Javan Rhino conservation I worked for BrdLife International, first at the secretariat in Cambridge where I worked on the Red List, and then in the Indochina office in Hanoi, Vietnam, where I provided technical support to a number of site-based projects.

Before working at BirdLife, I gained an MSc in Ecology and Conservation at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where I had gained my undergraduate degree a few years earlier. In the intervening time I spent as much time in the tropics as possible, working or helping researchers in a diverse range of countries, including Madagascar, Peru, Uganda and Brazil.
WWF Vietnam
Position within organisation
Project Ecologist

The aim of this project is to determine the population status (no. of individuals and sex) of the Javan Rhino in Vietnam. This information is critically needed to inform an appropriate management strategy and motivate the Vietnamese government to take effective action to conserve this subspecies.

Relevant species

With fewer than 60 individuals remaining, this is the rarest of all the living rhinoceros species.

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Relevant publications
Mahood, S.P., Dang Ngoc Cam, & Tran Van Hung, 2008 The illegal wildlife trade network around Bac Huong Hoa Nature Reserve, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. Hanoi, BirdLife International Vietnam Programme.

Mahood, S. P. and Tran Van Hung. 2008 The Biodiversity of Bac Huong Hoa Nature Reserve, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. Hanoi, BirdLife International Vietnam Programme.

Le Trong Trai and S. P. Mahood 2008 The illegal wildlife and timber trade network around Chu Yang Sin National Park, Dak Lak Province, Vietnam. Hanoi, BirdLife International Vietnam Programme.

Scott, D. M., Brown, D., Mahood, S., Denton, D., Silburn, A., Rakotondraparany, F. (2006) The impacts of forest clearance on lizard, small mammal and bird communities in the arid spiny forest, southern Madagascar. Biological Conservation 127: 72-87

Maclean I., Musina J., Nalianya N., Mahood S., Martin R., Byuaruhanga A. (2003) Systematics, distribution and vocalisations of Papyrus Yellow Warbler Chloropeta gracilirostris. African Bird Club Bulletin vol.10.2: 94-100
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