Photo Credit: Bivash Pandav
Help Maintain Habitat Connectivity
December 16, 2020 -- New Linkage Mapper Partnership, Fundraiser and Survey


John Gallo, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist

Countries around the world are working hard to bring new roads and increased development to their rural communities, which inevitably fragments dwindling habitat, cuts off critical wildlife corridors,  and increases wildlife conflicts. Impacts on wildlife are compounded in a country like India, with high human densities and the ever rapid expansion of road and rail networks. Tigers, elephants, rhinos, and scores of other species frequently die trying to cross roads or railway lines. 

Photo by: Avijan Saha

Large mammals like tigers and elephants require interconnected habitat to thrive, and development plans and policy need to allow for increased connectivity for tigers and other wildlife. India’s premier Wildlife Institute of India (WII), and other partners play a key role in shaping policies to conserve critical corridors for wildlife movement.  

WII recently partnered with the *Conservation Biology Institute to develop funding to deploy the powerful connectivity planning tool - Linkage Mapper. These new capacities will help in connectivity analyses for flagship species in India including the highly endangered tiger, Asian elephant, and the one-horned rhino. WII put an Indian team together to begin development of key updates to the Linkage Mapper tool. However, there are significant design changes that need to be made to the Tool core to best enable this effort and others around the world in collaborating in this open source development. (More about this partnership is here).

Photo by: @RoadKillsIndia 

We ask you to consider contributing to this joint effort to make open source tools like this easily available to researchers and conservationists around the world. We are looking to raise a modest $5,000 before the end of this year to support the  roll-out of a new version of the software that includes compatibility with ArcGIS Pro, improved performance and log files, and other user experience improvements that will benefit the entire Linkage Mapper community.   We are also asking those of you that have used Linkage Mapper to share some of your opinions in the Linkage Mapper Survey. The open source updates will be available to anyone working to prioritize and conserve wildlife corridors in the biodiversity hotspots of the world.    

Please consider donating $10, $20 or more to take Linkage mapper to the next level and give researchers in WII and other developing countries the tools they need to inform and shape policy and to take urgent actions to save tigers and other wildlife around the world.

You can make your donations here:

Photo by: @RoadKillsIndia  

*Conservation Biology Institute is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift, and estate taxes. Our EIN is 91-1840582.

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