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Ranger Manuk: News


Reserve ranger: Manuk Manukyan
Country: Armenia
Partner organisation: Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC)

Armenia is one of the world’s lesser-known biodiversity hotspots and ranger Manuk, a trained vet, works to protect the Buffer Zone Reserve from illegal hunting and logging, a widespread problem throughout the country.

The reserve is home to Brown Bears, Grey Wolves and Bezoar Goats – a native subspecies of wild goat with horns nearly as long as its body.

Manuk said: "I would love to see a leopard in the reserve, after spotting one in the area about a decade ago."

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Read ranger Manuk’s wildlife encounters and adventures from the field:

  • 27 April 2017
    Roberto Pedraza Ruiz of WLT’s partner in Mexico, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG), describes his visit to Armenia, when he traded his mountains in the Sierra Gorda...
  • 27 February 2017
    Saakje Hazenberg, who has a decade of experience in working with Canadian wolves, visited the snow-covered wilderness of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) in Armenia to share her...
  • 09 July 2016
    Recently World Land Trust’s (WLT) founder John Burton visited the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR), protected by WLT’s partner in Armenia, the Foundation for the Preserva...
  • 15 June 2016
    Latest reports from our partner Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC) in Armenia are describing the vibrant floral blooms adorning the meadows...
  • 18 December 2014
    Ranger Manuk Manukyan, a World Land Trust Keeper of the Wild, reports on wildlife sightings in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge. At the beginning of August I undertook a field trip...
  • 03 October 2014
    Nicola Davies is an author and an Ambassador for World Land Trust (WLT). Earlier in the year she joined a WLT field trip to Armenia to see close up the conservation that WLT has be...
  • 25 March 2014
    World Land Trust (WLT) funds two rangers in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR), Manuk Manukyan and Gor Hovhanissyan. Vicky Mkrtchyan, Environmental Projects Coordinator at the...
  • 10 July 2013
    Leopards are elusive animals at the best of times but in the vicinity of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR) it was eight years since one had been seen. If it hadn’t been for...
  • 22 May 2013
    In April, after attending a round table to discuss collaborative conservation in Armenia, Charlotte Beckham, Conservation Development Assistant at World Land Trust (WLT), visi...
  • 03 October 2012
    A volunteer at a nature reserve in Armenia spots a year-old bear who managed to survive the harsh winter without its mother While volunteering in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, A...
  • 23 April 2012
    Yesterday, in celebration of Earth Day 2012 our partners in Armenia worked with the local community to plant trees in their reserve to improve this habitat for wildlife Local peop...
  • 06 March 2012
    Discover more about the lives and work of our rangers who protect some of the most threatened habitats and wildlife on Earth It has been a year since World Land Trust (WLT) laun...
  • 21 February 2012
    A den of Endangered Wild Cat with kittens is one of the many recent sightings of the impressive animals in the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge in Armenia Rangers in the Caucasus Wildli...
  • 04 August 2011
    Ranger from Armenia, Manuk Manukyan, is funded through the World Land Trust’s (WLT) Keepers of the Wild appeal. Here he reports on the three new rangers who are helping him p...
  • 11 April 2011
    Ranger Manuk Manukyan describes the onset of spring in Armenia, the region's endemics and the threat of hunting FPWC's Caucasus Wildlife Refuge acts as a buffer zon...
  • 04 March 2011
    The World Land Trust’s new Keepers of the Wild appeal is putting more reserve rangers in the field to help protect the threatened habitat and wildlife that we have saved...
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