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Assessing Asiatic cheetah's population size and structure in central deserts of Iran

This project aims to improve the knowledge about the critically endangered cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) in Iran through having a better understanding of their distribution, genetic structure, demography, connectivity of possible sub-populations, possible competitors and comparison with African population. Non-invasive genetic samples (scat samples) will be collected in the field throughout their known distribution and genotyped with microsatellites. The results will allow defining more accurately the species distribution, estimating population size, demography and genetic diversity. These data provide scientific justifications for future conservation actions. Project outcomes will be disseminated among national/international authorities for considering in their future conservation planning.
Team
Principal Investigator
Leili Khalatbari

Leili Khalatbari

Position: PhD Student
Group:
BIODESERTS
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Researchers
José Carlos Alcobia Rogado de Brito

José Carlos Alcobia Rogado de Brito

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
BIODESERTS
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Raquel Godinho

Raquel Godinho

Position: Principal Researcher
Group:
ECOGEN
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External Collaborators
Gholam Hosein Yusefi

Gholam Hosein Yusefi

Position: Research Affiliate
Group:
BIODESERTS
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Other members
Javad Najafi and Ehsan Hakimi
State
Concluded
Proponent Institution
ICETA-UP (CIBIO-InBIO)
Funded by
Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation
Dates
2017 (Duration: 1 year)
Participant Institutions
CACP (Iran)
Reference
21607-1
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