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The mission of Urban Wildlife Research Project (UWRP) is to enhance biodiversity through ethological research, advocacy, and education. UWRP is a California State non-profit organization founded by Silicon Valley residents ethologist Bill Leikam and Greg Kerekes. They are citizen scientists, naturalists, and photographers dedicated to documenting the story of urban wildlife currently trying to adapt to an increasingly urban environment, focusing primarily on the gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus).
The Urban Wildlife Research Project (UWRP) advocates, along with other wildlife organizations and governmental agencies, to ensure the preservation of the region’s biodiversity. In addition, UWRP conducts research on the health of the wildlife and the locations of wildlife corridors. Some of UWRP’s efforts since 2011 have helped secure beaver habitat in San Jose, burrowing owl habitat in Alviso, and gray fox habitat on Facebook’s Menlo Park Campus. These animals, as well as the Tule Elk and Steelhead Trout, are just a few of the many remarkable Silicon Valley wildlife species that UWRP works to protect.
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