Juriy has helped with the headstarting fieldwork and is taking the knowledge and practical skills he has learned about raising waders back to colleagues at the Moscow Zoo. Juriy is a fifth-year student in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the Moscow Academy of Veterinary Sciences (of K. I. Scryabin). He comes from a family of mushers who currently have 14 sled dogs. He personally prefers skijoring (skiing pulled by dogs) with his favourite Alaskan husky named Grafit. His practical experience with birds includes training falcons for falconry, and caring for the family’s raven ‘Chancellor’.
The spoon-billed sandpiper conservation breeding programme is a collaboration between WWT, Birds Russia, Moscow Zoo and the RSPB working with colleagues from the BTO, BirdLife International, ArcCona and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force.
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