Our small stock coordinator Tyapa Toivo and I have been busy out in the field collecting the 87 eShepherd™ collars that CCF deployed last year in the Eastern Communal Conservancies of the Okakarara District. We are also interviewing farmers to know more about their livestock losses and hopefully gain more insight as to how we can help them mitigate.
We are excited to finalise this pilot project and start analysing the data we have been collecting to see whether these collars could help as an additional tool to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. What we have seen so far is that good livestock management practices are still the most essential factor to avoid losing livestock to predators. The info on these collars will be helpful to extend our knowledge and we sill share the info to come as we analyse the data and compile our results.
We want to give a huge thank you to all the farmers who helped us in our study and to Tusk Trust for the grant that helped to fund the collars that were used.