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Tommy Sandri

Ecology and conservation genetics of the critically endangered mountain bongo

My work focuses on understanding the genetics and ecology of the critically endangered mountain bongo, a large, forest antelope found only in montane habitat in central Kenya.  My aim is to understand gene flow and inbreeding amongst wild populations, but also to use genetics to inform decisions for reintroduction from captive populations.  Using camera traps, I aim to identify habitat associations in order to identify remaining suitable habitat. My work will impact management decisions in Kenya made by the Kenya Wildlife Service, and also inform captive management and reintroduction.  My work is carried out in collaboration with Chester Zoo, the Kenya Wildlife and MuSe Trento Science Museum.

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