In order to exchange experience, develop international cooperation and our research capabilities in the scientific project “Assessment of bioresources in the Kazakh part of the Irtysh basin under conditions of transboundary water resources use and climate change” we attracted a foreign scientific consultant Sofia Stepanovna Barinova – Associate Professor and Head of the Laboratory of “Algal Ecology and Biodiversity” at the Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, Israel.
As you know, at our Institute on April 13-16th a conference “Zoological research in Kazakhstan: results, problems and perspectives” was held, it was devoted to the 90th anniversary of the Institute of Zoology. The work of the conference, in which about 210 specialists participated, was held in 7 sections, 3 round tables and plenary sessions during 3 full days. All in all more than 140 reports were made (working languages – Kazakh, English, Russian), including 14 plenary ones. And that’s not counting more than 120 participants who took part by correspondence with the publication of articles.
Today, April 1, is International Bird Day, a day dedicated to protecting feathered birds and drawing attention to their vital role in nature. Birds are exceptionally interesting members of the animal kingdom and one of the groups of animals that humans encounter on a daily basis. In honor of Bird Day, we will hold several events to get better acquainted with them.
The IUCN Save Our Species gazelle conservation project implemented by the Institute of Zoology together with Marwell Wildlife and Wildlife Without Borders is coming to an end, and we offer a look at one of its results.
In Turkestan region we continue to build trenches in which reptiles, including species listed in the Red Book, are dying en masse.
As you may remember, in 2019 in Turkestan region we recorded the mass death of reptiles in the deep (up to 2.2 m) multi-kilometer trenches, which were used to fence agricultural fields. Different species of reptiles fall into these trenches, such as the Central Asian tortoise, yellowbelly, boa constrictors and some other species of animals.
About the conference “Terrestrial vertebrates of arid and subarid ecosystems of the Aral-Caspian region
The conference was held in Orenburg on April 24-28 and was co-organized by our Institute.