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Kwando Carnivore Project


Titre : Kwando Carnivore Project

Pays/Région : Namibie

Date : 2008

The Kwando Carnivore Project is based in the Zambezi Region and works on applied research and conservation of large carnivores in the Zambezi and Kavango Regions. Field work takes place in the protected areas as well as the conservancies of the Mudumu Complexes. The Mudumu Complex is a mosaic landscape and an important area of connectivity for wildlife between parks in neighbouring countries. As this landscape is shared by people and wildlife, a large part of our efforts focus on human carnivore conflict mitigation. We work closely with MET, NGO’s, conservancies and other partners to achieve our goals.

Our field work includes regular spoor and camera trap surveys in order to monitor the large carnivore populations of the Zambezi and Kavango Regions. We sometimes deploy GPS/Satellite collars if we have certain questions that will further our conservation goal. Currently we are studying how young male lions disperse through the human dominated landscape in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Panthera and WWF in Namibia.

Conflict efforts include building lion-proof kraals to protect cattle from lions that move outside of park boundaries. We also use mobile kraals to protect cattle that are left outside to graze on harvested fields at night. We hope to soon collaborate on holistic rangeland work that is taking place in pilot sites in the Mudumu South Complex.

The Kwando Carnivore Project started out by studying the population ecology of spotted hyaenas in the Zambezi Region. Currently we research and monitor all the large carnivores species in the region as well as collaborate across international borders in the greater KAZA TFCA landscape.

Partenaires  : MET, IRDNC, NNF, WWF Namibia, Panthera, TOSCO, National Geographic Big Cat Initiative, Predator Conservation Trust

Financement : Panthera, National Geographic Big Cat Initiative, WWF in Namibia, WWF Germany and private donors.

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