Preserving Big Cats in Africa

Everyone dreams of seeing the big 5. Without our vital research and monitoring to protect these animals they would not be here for future generations to see. This project is focused on key research and working with the South African Authorities to ensure habitat protection and provide key research into habits.

Africa is known globally for its incredible biodiversity and the picturesque backdrop that house its iconic species. However with forever increasing human populations and anthropogenic pressures on wildlife populations, numbers continent-wide are dwindling. Africa’s species need our protection. For this, we must rely on conservationists. Local wildlife research organisations in Limpopo, South Africa are taking big leaps forward in working towards this common goal. Through the tireless efforts of research teams we can begin to better understand the ecology of species, such as the big 5, to ensure their longevity for many years to come.

Wildlife conservation is the practice of protecting wild plant and animal species and their habitat. The goal of wildlife conservation is to ensure that nature will survive the many generations to come so that they may enjoy and also to recognise the importance of wildlife and wilderness for humans and other species alike. Conservation is a collaborative effort between communities, landowners, policy makers, educators, scientists and so on. This requires a highly skilled research team on the ground daily, who are equipped with all the resources they need to carry out this important work.

A wildlife research base requires ongoing funding and support. Provision of funds will enable the hub to purchase scientific equipment, sustain salaries for a skilled research team, maintain a basic base with amenities and upkeep vehicles used in the field daily. This team is then able to carry out vital research on Africa’s iconic Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant & buffalo) as well as a host of other species. Information gathered by this team will be used to make well-informed management decisions for the reserve as well as contribute to scientific papers accessible to the greater scientific world.

This project will directly contribute to the conservation of South African wildlife. Research allows us to gain a better understanding of the incredible wildlife with whom we share this planet. It is from here that are able to properly manage and protect these species for generations to come.

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