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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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Exploring The Causes Of And Mitigation Options For Human-Predator Conflict On Game Farms In Botswana

Exploring The Causes Of And Mitigation Options For Human-Predator Conflict On Game Farms In Botswana

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. …

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Key Factors And Related Principles In The Conservation Of Large African Carnivores

Key Factors And Related Principles In The Conservation Of Large African Carnivores

Despite conservation efforts, large carnivore numbers continue to decline globally (Anonymous 2010a). Significant failures have occurred, notably, the extinction of three tiger Panthera tigris subspecies within the past 50 years (Weber & Rabinowitz 1996). The large African carnivore guild is made up of seven species (Dalerum et al. 2008) with declining populations, which are classed as follows by the International …

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