Available habitat for African wildlife has increasingly been encroached upon by human settlement and agriculture, causing much of the remaining biodiversity to be restricted to fragmented patches. Game ranching has been promoted as an alternative land use which possesses ecological and biological advantages over cattle ranching and may be a means to protect vast areas of land for species conservation. …Read More »
Lorraine completed her BSC in Biological Sciences at Lancaster University, in England in 2003 and went on to graduate from Kings College University London in 2006 with an MSc in Medical Immunology. She worked on small mammal research and reserve management in the UK, before moving to Botswana in August 2006. Lorraine worked for Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB) from 2006 to 2011 as their research assistant then research coordinator. Lorraine was responsible for the management of the research camp and the coordination of research into cheetah ecology and human-predator conflict. She conducted motion camera and spoor surveys on resident cheetah populations, prey analysis, prey counts and tracking of collared cheetah and leopard. She participated in the rehabiltation and release of orphaned cheetah and leopards and the trapping and care of wild cheetahs in Botswana. In April 2011 Lorraine left CCB and moved to Zanzibar, Tanzania where she assisted with a waste management and biodiverity programme. Lorraine returned to Botswana in October 2012 to conduct research towards a PhD with the University of Cape Town on human-predator conflict on game ranches in Botswana. By understanding the causes of conflict, it is hoped solutions can be developed that will enable predators and ranchers to co-exist. The project is supervised by Prof. Les Underhill (University of Cape Town) and co-supervised by Quinton Martins (Cape Leopard Trust) and Ingrid Wiesel (Brown hyena research project).