Тhe protected area in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge has expanded from 2000 hectares to 4000 hectares in 2015. New generation facilities have been acquired for the rangers’ technical base, including an astronomic binocular, high spectrum telescopes and a drone camera. These hi-tech tools helped reveal a number of endangered species in the area, such as Falcon nest, Armenian viper, Wild cat etc. (all listed in Red Book).
The results of the ongoing monitoring have been integrated into GIS map, which allows identifying possible animal locations, tracking the animals, and defining their preferred area. GIS mapping is a very important tool for data collection widely applied worldwide.
The event was attended by VivaCell-MTS General Manager Ralph Yirikian, FPWC Founder Director Ruben Khachatryan, Urtsadzor community head Rafik Andreasyan, community members.
During the event the start of another long-term large scale project in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge was announced. The endangered species reproduction and reintroduction project will be implemented in cooperation with the FPWC’s General Partner VivaCell-MTS and Yerevan Zoo.