Last July 2018, our newly appointed researcher, Justine, was invited to be a part of a quick course on the methods of conservation at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, in Smenyih, Selangor.

The two week course focused on methods to analyze animal behavior data, and present these in layman’s terms. Other focuses of the course included conservation issues, with one example being the palm oil industry and deforestation, giving a wholistic view of public welfare, and environmental protection. 

He was also given insight into different tools used to stimulate populations, such as Vortex and R Studio. These tools will be of great importance to us in managing healthy captive breeding populations. Moving forward, these will be beneficial for our fieldwork plans, giving us greater insight into the best course of action for our conservation projects.

Justine also had the chance to network, and meet other specialists in the conservation field, as participants from across Asia attended the workshop, including WWF Malaysia, The Fishing Cat Project Nepal, Wildlife Conservation Society, and from the Philippines the Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation and Veterinary Students from the University of the Philippines. Many broad issues were discussed, and we hope Justine can apply his learnings to our own TFI projects in the future!