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Dr.  George Schaller’s two-week trip  to Iran 
Dr.  George Schaller’s two-week trip  to Iran 

Sighting of one female cheetah and two cubs by George Schaller and Houman Jowkar

Dr. George Schaller , an ecologist and mammalogist, is Vice President of Panthera and a prominent member of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He has spent most of his time in the past six decades in different countries in Asia , Africa and South America studying and conserving different wildlife species.

George Schaller, who is also a consultant and associate of the Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP) and the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF), has traveled to Iran again after several years to visit important wildlife habitats and to evaluate the latest condition of the Asiatic cheetah while providing solutions and consultations to wildlife experts specially experts of the CACP.

According to Houman Jowkar, CACP Director, George Schaller along with project experts and PWHF experts have evaluated cheetah’s latest condition and habitat during Dr. Schaller’s two-week visit in Iran.

Houman Jowkar says: ” during this trip George Schaller helped us identify major problems with the cheetah habitats in southern Iran  so we can figure out when and where we made mistakes. He also helped us understand that whether  the low density of cheetahs is some areas is related to habitat problems or to the ecology of this species. We started this trip in southern low cheetah density habitats in Yazd Province. After visiting Dareh Anjir Wildlife Refuge, Bafq Mountain Protected Area and Kalut Sorkhabi Area we continued to Turan Biosphere Reserve. In this area PWHF experts were our hosts. George Schaller closely observed and examined all CACP activities followed by consulting project experts who were in charge in Turan Biosphere Reserve. We spent the last days of the trip examining conditions in Miandasht Wildlife Refuge. Throughout the entire trip we benefited from the accompaniment and cooperation of rangers  and Department of Environment  officials from Yazd, Semnan and North Khorasan provinces.”

On February 23rd , the last day of this two-week  trip, George Schaller, Houman Jowkar and Dr. Bagher Nezami , an expert of CACP along with Ranger Pourrezvan, succeeded to sight and photograph one female cheetah and two cubs in Northwest of Miandasht Wildlife Refuge.