Biologists from Moscow State University proposed to create nature reserves for moles and bats
Zoologists at the Faculty of Biology of Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov made a list of rare species of mammals which live in deserts and steppes of Russia, but not found in any specially protected natural areas (SPNA) in the country. This list made it possible to identify the most suitable areas for the creation of new nature reserves and national parks that could help maintain and increase the populations of small animals. The scientific article was published in the journal «Arid ecosystems» in Russian and English. The work is supported by a grant from the RSF.
The researchers have found that there are 32 rare species of mammals in zones with arid and semi-arid climates in Russia overall. Six of them -- mainly representatives of the order Chiroptera -- are not found in any of the specially protected natural areas of the country,.
The authors of the study propose to establish SPNAs in the relevant territories in order to protect the populations of the animals.
Быть в курсе событий мировой и отечественной науки