Development of conservation measures for the Darevsky’s viper in the Caucasus

Levon Aghasyan

The Darevsky's viper is critically endangered and found so far only in a small area in extreme N.W. Armenia adjacent to the border with Georgia. The principal threats are livestock breeding and strong preferences of habitats (subalpine meadows at elevations 2600-3000 m). This project will aim at determination of the viper's geographical range by intensive field research which will include the snake marking, census, tracking and GIS mapping with further extrapolation in regard to human activities in the study area. The core areas identified to comprise the key parts of the snakes' homes ranges will be assessed and proposed for site-specific conservation measures. This work is especially important in light of the ambitious plans to establish the Arpi National Park which are supported by KfW.

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