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Rebecca Klein

Rebecca Klein is the Managing Director and Founder of Cheetah Conservation Botswana, with a MSc in Conservation Biology and experience in several global conservation programs. CCB was set up in 2003, to promote the conservation of the cheetah and other threatened carnivores, through scientific research, community outreach and education. The project investigates and promotes best practices in livestock and range management and non-lethal control methods that can reduce human carnivore conflict and support coexistence. Raising awareness for carnivore conservation and more sustainable futures for Kalahari communities.

Spoor Density As A Measure Of True Density Of A Known Population Of Free-Ranging Wild Cheetah In Botswana

Spoor Density As A Measure Of True Density Of A Known Population Of Free-Ranging Wild Cheetah In Botswana

An accurate estimate of population density is essential for the management and protection of endangered species, such as the cheetah Acinonyx jubatus, which is listed as vulnerable by IUCN (2007). As in most large carnivores, the cheetah population is declining (Marker et al., 2003) and the ability to develop an accurate, repeatable and cost-effective method to assess population trends and …

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Results Of A Motion Camera Survey In Jwana Game Park, Jwaneng, Botswana

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Jwana Game Park is a small game reserve (180km2) located in the Southern district of Botswana. The reserve surrounds the Jwaneng Diamond mine and is owned and managed by the Debswana diamond company. It is surrounded by a game fence and stocked with small and large game. Un-stocked mammal species including predators freely move between the reserve and the surrounding …

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Pre-Release Hunting Training And Post-Release Monitoring Are Key Components In The Rehabilitation Of Orphaned Large Felids

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The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council defines wildlife rehabilitation as ‘the process of providing aid to injured, orphaned, displaced, or distressed wild animals in such a way that they may survive when released to their native habitats’ (http://www.iwrc-online.org). Wildlife rehabilitation in Africa gained popularity in the 1960s after the release of orphaned lions (Panthera leo) in Kenya, followed by other orphaned …

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Naturally Acquired Anthrax Antibodies In A Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) In Botswana

Naturally Acquired Anthrax Antibodies In A Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) In Botswana

In November 2004, attention was drawn to an outbreak of anthrax in a 20,000-ha game reserve, Jwana Game Reserve located in Jwaneng, Botswana (central GPS; 24° 43′ 21.53” E, 24° 31′ 51.89”S), when three captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) died of the disease (Good et al., 2005). The three animals had been fed meat from a dead red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus) …

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Large Predator Spoor Survey On Game And Cattle Farmland In Ghanzi Botswana – July 2008

Large Predator Spoor Survey On Game And Cattle Farmland In Ghanzi Botswana

Large Predators such as cheetah Acinonyx jubatus, leopard Panthera pardus, and brown hyena Hyaena brunnea are often found in farming areas and in the case of the cheetah are found at much higher densities in these agricultural zones than in conservation areas (Winterbach 2001; Marker 2002). The reduced competition and kleptoparitism by lion Panthera leo and spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta, …

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Botswana Cat News Special Issue 3 – Cheetah Conservation Botswana Southern Africa

Botswana Cat News Special Issue 3 - Cheetah Conservation Botswana Southern Africa

Historically, cheetah Acinonyx jubatus have been distributed throughout Botswana. With once pristine habitat, very low human populations and one of the largest concentrations of ungulates on the continent, space and prey was plentiful. However, the last 40 years have seen great changes in the natural habitat, with overstocking of livestock, range partitioning, the arrival of deep borehole technology and the …

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Normal Intestinal Flora Of Wild Nile Crocodiles In The Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Normal Intestinal Flora Of Wild Nile Crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) In The Okavango Delta, Botswana Owing to the difficulty in obtaining biological specimens from wild crocodilians, very little is known about their normal intestinal flora. The intestinal tract flora isolated from wild-caught African dwarf crocodiles (Osteolaemus tetraspis) has been reported. Salmonellae isolated from wild Nile crocodiles from Lake Kariba, and from …

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