Smile, you’re on camera!

  • by  17 July 2023
Smile, you’re on camera!

As part of CCFs ongoing research to mitigate human-wildlife conflict (HWC), we deploy camera traps throughout regions of Namibia, which help us to collect crucial data.

Our work to reduce HWC aims to find out where the carnivores are distributed, determine relative density, map HWC hot spot areas and in turn run targeted livestock and wildlife integrated training workshops for farmers to teach mitigation methods to reduce livestock losses. We use a mixture of methods; camera traps, questionnaires, scat dog results, HWC reports to the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) and other sources to determine the presence of key carnivore’s resident in the area, namely cheetah, African wild dog, and leopard.

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Camera trapping is a key part of our work because the Namibian.landscape is a mixture of communal and commercial farms and the camera traps make it possible to get a deeper insight as to how large carnivores and their prey are surviving and traveling throughout the area.

Our research has shown that the more prey species there are traveling through and living on the land the fewer predator problems farmers have with their livestock. Overgrazing and harvesting can cause wild game to move off farms as they need to find food and water elsewhere. This means that the resident carnivores will need to find alternative food which could lead to them targeting livestock.

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Check out some of the photogenic visitors we have ‘snapped’ to date.

Living with cheetahs

Increasing human populations, climate change, and habitat loss are leaving cheetah with a fight against extinction, a fight the cheetahs cannot win without our support.  Coexistence is their only option. Find out more about our Living with Cheetahs initiative, and how we are working with local communities to safeguard wild cheetahs from extinction, and support our work to prevent human-wildlife conflict.

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