The Goals of the Erindi Leopard Project To   find   a   solid   way   for   Leopards   and   people   to   benefit   from each other. If    local    people    and    communities    can    see    benefits    to    having Leopards   in   their   area   then   the   cats   will   have   a   far   better   chance of   survival.   And   visa   versa,   if   the   cats   accept   the   people   then both   can   benefit   from   each   other.   This   sort   of   relationship   needs to    develop    if    animals    are    to    survive    among    the    fast    growing human populations of today’s world.   Various   means   to   build   human/predator   relations   in   order to create benefits for both will be looked at: Habituation and Ecotourism Understanding and awareness Hunting of Leopard Conflict regarding domestic live stock To   develop   an   understanding   of   the   effects   of   hunting   on   a population of Leopards Does   hunting   have   a   negative   effect   on   a   Leopard   population and   if   so,   what   are   the   negative   effects   and   how   can   they   be avoided? What    positive    effects    does    hunting    have    on    a    population    of Leopards? To record the process and period of recovery after hunting If   hunting   has   had   a   negative   effect   on   the   population,   how   long does   it   take   for   the   population   to   recover   and   what   does   the process of recovery entail? To    compare    all    aspects    of    a    population    in    Namibia    with those in other areas Genetics Territorial behaviour Interspecies relations Intraspecies relations Contribute    to    local    and    global    awareness,    understanding and conservation of Leopards through all forms of media To find ways for Leopard to benefit the local community Can     the     existence     of     Leopard     in     an     area     benefit     local communities   such   as   farmers   and   other   local   inhabitants   residing there?   If   positive   relations   between   people   and   Leopards   can   be seen   and   understood   then   a   basic   model   could   be   used   in   many areas   of   the   world   to   ensure   beneficial   co-existence   between people and predators. Present Focus Of The Leopard Project Capture and collaring of all Leopards in the reserve To   develop   an   understanding   of   Leopards   in   order   to   realize   the vision   of   the   Erindi   Leopard   Project,   each   cat   has   to   be   captured and    fitted    with    a    radio    receiver    of    some    kind.    Although    the process   is   unnatural,   this   will   possibly   speed   up   the   habituation process   with   a   few   of   the   Leopards   in   the   area.   This   will   begin the   relationship   between   the   predators   and   the   people   that   is   so important.   Other   forms   of   capture   will   be   used   such   as   camera trap    surveying    in    the    more    remote    areas    of    Erindi    Game Reserve. During   the   capture,   samples   are   collected   from   the   Leopards   in order for us to understand the relatedness of each individual. Habituation of the Erindi Leopards Once   a   Leopard   is   fitted   with   a   radio   collar,   we   are   able   to   find the   cat   daily.   This   allows   us   to   gather   the   valuable   information needed   and   enables   us   to   potentially   view   them.   It   is   a   slow process   as   trust   needs   to   be   built   up   but   if   we   are   able   to   locate the   Leopards,   we   will   have   a   far   better   chance   of   habituating them   in   a   shorter   period   of   time.   One   aim   with   the   females   is   to find    den    sites    with    cubs    as    the    youngsters    will    become accustomed to vehicles far quicker than adults.
Building benefits for the people of the area It   is   important   that   the   local   people   of   the   area   benefit   from   the GLP   at   Erindi   and   this   can   be   achieved   in   a   number   of   ways.   It   is vital   that   people   know   exactly   what   the   project   entails   and   any one   that   shows   an   interest   must   have   the   opportunity   to   get involved.    In    the    future,    those    that    have    been    part    of    the habituation   process   are   sure   to   reap   the   rewards   of   tourism   and other activities that can surround a wildlife enterprise. Due   to   the   fact   that   Erindi   is   now   an   ecotourism   venture,   the   first benefits   that   the   team   will   have   is   the   opportunity   to   train   to become   game   rangers   or   wildlife   guides.   In   February   2008,   the first   two   potential   guides   began   learning   about   guiding   and   they will   have   the   opportunity   to   travel   to   South Africa   to   experience   a complete   training   course   with   EcoTraining   in   the   Kruger   National Park. Creating awareness Creation   of   awareness   about   the   Leopard   research   at   Erindi   and about   all   aspects   regarding   Leopard   and   projects   worldwide   will help   people   understand   more   about   this   creature.   Through   all aspects    of    media    we    hope    to    share    the    project    work    as awareness is the first step towards making a positive difference. Setting up of data recording teams in various different areas By   connecting   with   various   game   reserves   in   South   Africa,   we hope   to   inspire   game   rangers   to   gather   data   on   Leopards.   Game Rangers   spend   a   great   deal   of   time   with   these   cats   in   certain reserves    and    they    have    the    ability    to    document    phenomenal behaviour   that   is   often   not   seen   when   data   is   captured   through radio telemetry tracking.  Into The Future The   goal   to   have   Leopards   that   trust   people   will   aid   in   the process   of   ecotourism   as   a   means   to   fund   the   Erindi   Game Reserve. Leopard   is   a   very   charismatic   creature   and   is   often   one   of   the first    creature’s    people    visiting    lodges    request    to    see.    If    a habituated    population    of    Leopards    exists    in    an    area,    it    will encourage   visitors   and   this   in   turn   will   benefit   other   animals   in   the area.   Erindi   is   rich   in   unusual   creatures   and   biodiversity   that   does not exist in many other game reserves.    Communications through all forms of Media. Presentations   on   the   Leopard   Research   Project   will   be   available at   Erindi   and   through   various   other   means   of   communication,   we hope   to   get   the   incredible   story   of   the   Erindi   Leopards   and   other projects out into the world. Complete study on the ecology of Leopard in the area. All    data    being    documented    is    to    be    used    for    recognised publications   and   university   qualifications.   The   final   aim   regarding studies   is   a   doctorial   in   book   form   that   covers   as   much   of   the ecology of the Leopard as can be recorded in a lifetime. Information   for   comparison   studies   with   other   areas   around the globe. Scientifically   recorded   information   will   be   usable   for   comparison with    other    areas    of    the    world    to    understand    the    status    of Leopards globally. Teams to travel to other areas where Leopard still survive The   only   way   to   understand   the   status   of   Leopard   in   different areas   of   the   world   is   to   go   to   those   places.   We   hope   to   inspire local    people    of    Southern   Africa    that    have    been    working    with Leopards,   by   giving   them   the   opportunity   to   visit   projects   in   all countries    of    the    globe.    I    this    way,    those    working    with    the predators   in   Africa   will   understand   the   animals   on   a   global   level and   will   in   turn   be   able   to   share   their   first   hand   knowledge   with researchers in other countries.
The Erindi Leopard Project
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The Goals of the Erindi Leopard Project To   find   a   solid   way   for   Leopards   and   people   to   benefit   from   each other. If   local   people   and   communities   can   see   benefits   to   having   Leopards   in their   area   then   the   cats   will   have   a   far   better   chance   of   survival. And   visa versa,   if   the   cats   accept   the   people   then   both   can   benefit   from   each   other. This   sort   of   relationship   needs   to   develop   if   animals   are   to   survive   among the fast growing human populations of today’s world.   Various   means   to   build   human/predator   relations   in   order   to   create benefits for both will be looked at: Habituation and Ecotourism Understanding and awareness Hunting of Leopard Conflict regarding domestic live stock To    develop    an    understanding    of    the    effects    of    hunting    on    a population of Leopards Does   hunting   have   a   negative   effect   on   a   Leopard   population   and   if   so, what are the negative effects and how can they be avoided? What positive effects does hunting have on a population of Leopards? To record the process and period of recovery after hunting If   hunting   has   had   a   negative   effect   on   the   population,   how   long   does   it take   for   the   population   to   recover   and   what   does   the   process   of   recovery entail? To   compare   all   aspects   of   a   population   in   Namibia   with   those   in other areas Genetics Territorial behaviour Interspecies relations Intraspecies relations Contribute    to    local    and    global    awareness,    understanding    and conservation of Leopards through all forms of media To find ways for Leopard to benefit the local community Can   the   existence   of   Leopard   in   an   area   benefit   local   communities   such as   farmers   and   other   local   inhabitants   residing   there?   If   positive   relations between   people   and   Leopards   can   be   seen   and   understood   then   a   basic model   could   be   used   in   many   areas   of   the   world   to   ensure   beneficial   co- existence between people and predators. Present Focus Of The Leopard Project Capture and collaring of all Leopards in the reserve To   develop   an   understanding   of   Leopards   in   order   to   realize   the   vision   of the   Erindi   Leopard   Project,   each   cat   has   to   be   captured   and   fitted   with   a radio   receiver   of   some   kind.   Although   the   process   is   unnatural,   this   will possibly   speed   up   the   habituation   process   with   a   few   of   the   Leopards   in the   area.   This   will   begin   the   relationship   between   the   predators   and   the people   that   is   so   important.   Other   forms   of   capture   will   be   used   such   as camera trap surveying in the more remote areas of Erindi Game Reserve. During   the   capture,   samples   are   collected   from   the   Leopards   in   order   for us to understand the relatedness of each individual. Habituation of the Erindi Leopards Once   a   Leopard   is   fitted   with   a   radio   collar,   we   are   able   to   find   the   cat daily.    This    allows    us    to    gather    the    valuable    information    needed    and enables   us   to   potentially   view   them.   It   is   a   slow   process   as   trust   needs   to be   built   up   but   if   we   are   able   to   locate   the   Leopards,   we   will   have   a   far better   chance   of   habituating   them   in   a   shorter   period   of   time.   One   aim with   the   females   is   to   find   den   sites   with   cubs   as   the   youngsters   will become accustomed to vehicles far quicker than adults. Building benefits for the people of the area It   is   important   that   the   local   people   of   the   area   benefit   from   the   GLP   at Erindi   and   this   can   be   achieved   in   a   number   of   ways.   It   is   vital   that   people know   exactly   what   the   project   entails   and   any   one   that   shows   an   interest must   have   the   opportunity   to   get   involved.   In   the   future,   those   that   have been   part   of   the   habituation   process   are   sure   to   reap   the   rewards   of tourism and other activities that can surround a wildlife enterprise. Due   to   the   fact   that   Erindi   is   now   an   ecotourism   venture,   the   first   benefits that   the   team   will   have   is   the   opportunity   to   train   to   become   game   rangers or   wildlife   guides.   In   February   2008,   the   first   two   potential   guides   began learning   about   guiding   and   they   will   have   the   opportunity   to   travel   to South Africa   to   experience   a   complete   training   course   with   EcoTraining   in the Kruger National Park. Creating awareness Creation   of   awareness   about   the   Leopard   research   at   Erindi   and   about   all aspects    regarding    Leopard    and    projects    worldwide    will    help    people understand   more   about   this   creature.   Through   all   aspects   of   media   we hope   to   share   the   project   work   as   awareness   is   the   first   step   towards making a positive difference. Setting up of data recording teams in various different areas By   connecting   with   various   game   reserves   in   South   Africa,   we   hope   to inspire   game   rangers   to   gather   data   on   Leopards.   Game   Rangers   spend a   great   deal   of   time   with   these   cats   in   certain   reserves   and   they   have   the ability   to   document   phenomenal   behaviour   that   is   often   not   seen   when data is captured through radio telemetry tracking.  Into The Future The   goal   to   have   Leopards   that   trust   people   will   aid   in   the   process of ecotourism as a means to fund the Erindi Game Reserve. Leopard    is    a    very    charismatic    creature    and    is    often    one    of    the    first creature’s   people   visiting   lodges   request   to   see.   If   a   habituated   population of   Leopards   exists   in   an   area,   it   will   encourage   visitors   and   this   in   turn   will benefit   other   animals   in   the   area.   Erindi   is   rich   in   unusual   creatures   and biodiversity that does not exist in many other game reserves.    Communications through all forms of Media. Presentations   on   the   Leopard   Research   Project   will   be   available   at   Erindi and   through   various   other   means   of   communication,   we   hope   to   get   the incredible   story   of   the   Erindi   Leopards   and   other   projects   out   into   the world. Complete study on the ecology of Leopard in the area. All   data   being   documented   is   to   be   used   for   recognised   publications   and university   qualifications.   The   final   aim   regarding   studies   is   a   doctorial   in book   form   that   covers   as   much   of   the   ecology   of   the   Leopard   as   can   be recorded in a lifetime. Information    for    comparison    studies    with    other    areas    around    the globe. Scientifically    recorded    information    will    be    usable    for    comparison    with other areas of the world to understand the status of Leopards globally. Teams to travel to other areas where Leopard still survive The   only   way   to   understand   the   status   of   Leopard   in   different   areas   of   the world    is    to    go    to    those    places.    We    hope    to    inspire    local    people    of Southern Africa   that   have   been   working   with   Leopards,   by   giving   them   the opportunity   to   visit   projects   in   all   countries   of   the   globe.   I   this   way,   those working   with   the   predators   in   Africa   will   understand   the   animals   on   a global   level   and   will   in   turn   be   able   to   share   their   first   hand   knowledge with researchers in other countries.
The Erindi Leopard Project
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