Liz Campbell runs this project, conducting conservation research and community outreach on the newly-discovered African golden wolf (Canis anthus) in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, in conjunction with WildCRU of the University of Oxford and with Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, Morocco.
In her own words, "Our work focuses on understanding the behavioural ecology of this new species and identifying and mediating the conservation threats they face. North African golden wolves are morphologically and genetically distinct from all other golden wolf populations in West and East Africa, yet the only study on the behaviour of these wolves was conducted by myself and colleagues in 2015-2016. Our research highlighted priority topics in need of further study to understand and conserve North African golden wolves. Persecution from humans is the greatest threat they face, and population declines caused by direct human mortality predicts their extinction from Morocco within decades. Part of our work therefore involves working closely with local shepherds and villagers to identify mutually-beneficial solutions to human-wolf conflict and livestock depredation, and providing educational outreach to raise awareness of the ecological importance of this keystone predator. The ultimate goals of this work are to contribute necessary information to determine the conservation status of this new species for inclusion on the IUCN Red List, develop a Conservation Action Plan for the golden wolf in Morocco, and establish a long-term scientific research, monitoring, conservation and community education program on golden wolves in the Atlas Mountains."
Project managed by: Liz Campbell, WildCRU and Cadi Ayyad University
UKWCT donations: £3,000 since 2017