A high-profile cooperation agreement was signed on Monday, October 3rd between KSU's Mammals Research Chair and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The agreement laid the groundwork for future exchanges of services between the Mammals Chair and ZSL, including the adoption and implementation of joint research projects, making use of the expertise and capabilities of ZSL, the joint supervision of KSU graduate students and the exchange of researchers.
The agreement was signed by Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi, KSU Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, and Professor Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director at ZSL and a visiting professor of Zoology at the University of Oxford.
At the signing, Dr. Baillie was accompanied by Dr. Tom Butynski, director of the Thumamah-based King Khalid Wildlife Research Center (KKWRC), along with Dr. Torsten Wronski, Senior Wildlife Ecologist at Zoological Society of London and a researcher with KKWRC, which was founded in 1987 by the Saudi Wildlife Commission (SWC).
Professor Abdulaziz Alagaili of the KSU Zoology Department highlighted the significance of this agreement and its vital role in opening the door for new and important research opportunities, considering ZSL's expertise and international prestige. Dr. Alagaili added that future cooperation will have significantly benefit KSU's graduate programs and promote scientific research through attracting internationally distinguished researchers and graduate students to KSU.
Founded in 1826, ZSL is a prominent scientific institution whose mission is to help protect wildlife animals and their habitats worldwide through coordinating with the private and public sectors. ZSL conservation teams are involved in projects in over 30 countries across the globe. These range from the Serengeti cheetah project, the longest running study of cheetahs in the world, to returning desert gazelles to the wild in Saudi Arabia