Thanks to the contributions from conservation fees, Journeys Namibia and Wildlife Initiative plan to set up a camera trapping project aimed at comprehending the behaviour of large carnivores within the #Khoadi//Hoas Conservancy. This extensive camera trapping survey is essential for estimating the population density of lions, leopards, and spotted hyenas. By a more in-depth investigation of their behaviour patterns, we can uncover the peak activity periods of these significant carnivores and their spatial movements throughout the various seasons.
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Furthermore, we would like to employ FoxLights as a solution to mitigate human-carnivore conflicts. These solar-powered, multi-coloured flashing lights will be distributed to families residing near the "herding off-limits area," where most large carnivores are found. These lights automatically simulate a herder patrolling with a flashlight after dark, deterring predators. Their effectiveness has been proven globally across all species within the big cat range.
When required, we will equip the most problematic big cats with radio collars to enable tracking and the creation of virtual barriers. Proximity-based sensors will trigger auditory or visual alarms when these big cats approach a predefined perimeter. This discourages them from attacking livestock and alerts herders when the cats are close to their living area, facilitating safer corralling and better protection.
Lastly, local community members will participate in mitigating human-carnivore conflicts by collecting data on livestock losses attributed to carnivores. This approach enhances the community's interest and awareness in the proposed conservation measures, creating an alternative income stream for participating families involved in monitoring.
The conservation fees will cover a portion of the costs for procuring camera traps (which require continuous replacement), purchasing radio collars, and compensating local conservationists' salaries.