Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT)
The Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT) is one of the longest running conservation research projects in Africa, and one of a handful of its caliber worldwide. Founded as the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project in 1989, today it covers all the large carnivore species in Botswana.
The goal of the BPCT is to preserve Africa's large predators - African wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion and spotted hyena - and their habitats, using scientific inquiry to better understand the behaviours and communication systems of these animals. We also aim to link conservation and environmental issues to decision-making in the ongoing development of rural Botswana.
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Our research projects vary from population monitoring to animal segregation patterns and territorial boundaries. Our dedicated team of researchers is leading northern Botswana's conservation and preservation efforts of large carnivores and their associated habitats.
Coaching for Conservation (C4C)
Coaching for Conservation is the primary social development program of the BPCT. Focused on primary school children, our goal is to make sport synonymous with healthy lifestyles by linking messages of conservation to the already popular pastime of football. The core message is Respect Your Self, Respect Each Other, and Respect Your Environment.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge pays a visit to Coaching for Conservation and tells the world about it. See the video:
The BioBoundary project is a five-year research project funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. It aims at deciphering the complex chemistry of natural scent marks used by free ranging wild dogs to signal territorial boundaries. The goal is to apply this chemistry to the management of the species in increasingly human dominated, fragmented habitats.