Publication update 8: Better SAFE than sorry

It’s been a while since we’ve posted a publication update, but that’s not to say Rimba’s researchers haven’t been publishing!

In this update, we’re featuring a letter published two months ago in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Led by Prof. Corey Bradshaw with three other co-authors including Reuben, this letter was written in response to several critics of the SAFE index.


Publication update 4: What will it take to save the Sumatran Rhino?

Now Or Never
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We’re sure many of you know that one of the world’s most magnificent and docile creatures, the Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis), is in deep trouble.

But just how bad is it? From a population of around 320 estimated in 1995, experts now say it could be down to as low as 216 individuals.

One of Rimba’s researchers, Reuben, was involved in a review published recently in the international journal Oryx. This paper was led by Ahmad Zafir Abdul Wahab (currently doing his PhD based at Universiti Sains Malaysia; to find out what needs to be done to save this species from extinction. The consensus is that: Continue reading

Publication update 3: The SAFE Index – what it is and what it isn’t

A conservationist’s work is all about saving endangered species. We all know that. Most of us in the business are also familiar with the IUCN Red List, which categorises species according to how threatened they are.

But have you ever wondered just how close a species really is to extinction? What does it mean exactly, when a species is endangered? And are all endangered species equally endangered? What if you had a limited amount of resources – a bit of funding here, a few members of staff there, and a whole bunch of species that need saving.

Or perhaps it all comes down to a choice between two different species. They’re both endangered. But you can’t save them both, because the resources you have simply aren’t enough. You have to choose. How do you choose? Wouldn’t you want some method to help you decide which species you should invest your resources and effort in?

This is what the SAFE Index is all about.

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