Botswana

Botswana Predator Conservation Trust

The Okavango Delta is one of Africa's last remaining great wildlife habitat.
The Okavango Delta is one of Africa’s last remaining great wildlife habitat (Picture by Miquel Torrents-Ticó)

I had the great opportunity to participate in two leopard (Panthera pardus) captures to collar them, take measurements and check their health. Furthermore, and more exiting, I radio-tracked and helped in the behaviour data collection of African wild dog (Lycaon pictus).

Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT) promotes the sustainability of threatened and endangered carnivore species and their habitats in Botswana through applied conservation research, effective management and education. Education to build capacity among local communities, by training and mentoring, to ensure there are skilled conservationists and wildlife defenders for the future.

African wild dogs are listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The principal threat to them is habitat fragmentation, which increases their contact with people and domestic animals, resulting in human-wildlife conflict and transmission of infectious disease. Conservation strategies goal is promoting and improving coexistence between people and African wild dogs, encouraging land use planning to maintain and expand wild dog populations and outreach to improve public perceptions of wild dogs at all levels of society.

Botswana Predator Conservation Trust