TOOLS FOR CHANGE
We have developed a pilot program for training farmers in non-lethal livestock protection techniques and introducing a small-scale insurance scheme.
To promote the sustainability of threatened and endangered carnivore species and their habitats in Botswana through education, applied conservation research and effective management.
To support ongoing successful management programs and to develop and apply new techniques that sustainably protect threatened carnivores in their natural habitats and ecosystems.
To build capacity among local Batswana, through training and mentoring, to ensure there are skilled conservationists and wildlife custodians for the future.
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Other current graduate student research.
Dispersal of individuals is a fundamental process governing the dynamics of socially and spatially structured populations. There is, however, a mismatch between our understanding of the complexity of dispersal and our representation of dispersal in population dynamic models. This is particularly the case for species characterized by long-distance dispersal, such as the African wild dog, as the fate of dispersers is often unknown and consequently neglected.
INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF LONG-DISTANCE ROARING AND SCENT MARKING IN THE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS OF LIONS (PANTHERA LEO)
Being the only felid in which both sexes are social, lions are likely to have evolved a range of communicative signals that allow them to both coordinate their activities with group members, and also to defend their territories from rival lions. Geoff’s research has further explored what information lions communicate to conspecifics through their long-distance vocalisations…
PREDATOR CONSERVATION PROGRAM
The goal of the BPCT is to preserve Africa’s large carnivore guild, that is African Wild Dog, Cheetah, Leopard, African Lion and Spotted Hyaena. In order to achieve this our research focuses on the following:
- The behaviour and ecology of threatened and endangered large carnivore species
- The effect of human development on wildlife species and their habitats
- The impact of management and development policies and activities relating to these areas
Through this line of enquiry we intent to better understand the natural mechanisms of conflict avoidance and strategies for co-existence within the large predator guild, ensuring that the appropriate measures are in place for a healthy guild population in protected lands.
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