AFRICAN BIG CAT CONSERVATION
Our conservation work with Africa's big cats that are under serious threat involves monitoring, studying, collaring, tracking and trans-locating Leopard, Lion and Cheetah to ensure their protection. We are affiliated with the global big cat authority, Panthera, to conduct the largest leopard survey of its kind in the world and have been campaigning alongside Blood Lions and others to put a stop to canned hunting and the captive breeding of lions. We are monitoring important cheetah populations across multiple game reserves and are studying their behavioral ecology and genetic health.
We monitor these species 365 days a year along with other endangered or priority species such as African Wild Dogs, Rhino and Elephant and Vultures.
OUR WORK WITH LIONS
Support Wildlife ACT and help contribute directly to ethical and sustainable lion conservation. Wildlife ACT specializes in monitoring existing lion populations, which is essential when managing and protecting a species. We achieve this by:
- Providing support and expertise to important lion re-introductions.
- This helps spread the genetic diversity of lion populations – ensuring the long-term health of the species.
- In order to effectively monitor lion populations, we are collaring certain individuals within important lion populations and prides.
- We are campaigning alongside organizations such Blood Lions, Wildlands and Fair Trade Tourism to put a stop to canned lion hunting through campaigns such as Born to Live Wild.
OUR WORK WITH CHEETAH
- Development of population demographics using camera traps and tourist sightings.
- Understanding population numbers and survival rates using satellite collars and VHF tracking devices.
- Transporting, caring and releasing cheetah into new protected areas.
- Finding & monitoring cheetah outside of protected areas in KwaZulu-Natal and assisting with their capture if needed.
OUR WORK WITH LEOPARD
- We are conducting long-term Leopard Population Surveys in partnership with the global big cat authority, Panthera. The survey is the largest of its kind on leopards in the world.
- This project is run for two months every year using remote camera trapping methods in the region of over 150 remote cameras.
- We are responsible for the entire fieldwork section of this project – managed by a dedicated team.
- The aim is to monitor whether there are any changes to the core leopard populations over time and feed this information to relevant reserve managers.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!