Friday seminar: Diversity and conflict among the wonderfully adaptable dogs and their ancestors
By Claudio Sillero from University of Oxford (NB: Note the time!)
Domestic dogs and their ancestors, the cosmopolitan Canidae, are adapted for the cursorial pursuit of prey, and show great dietary flexibility and a complex social organization. While their adaptability has enabled them to flourish in most conditions, overlapping with human endeavour, free-ranging dogs paradoxically threaten many wild canid species, through hybridization, competition, and as vectors of disease. I discuss some of these interactions and what can be done to protect some species facing a bleak conservation outlook.
Prof. Claudio Sillero
Deputy Director WildCRU
Associate Professor of Conservation Biology
Zoology, University of Oxford