our team

J.W. 'TICO' MCNUTT

Founder and Director 

Lesley MCNutt

COFOUNDER AND DIrECTOR OF SOCIAL PROGRAMS. DIRECTOR OF C4C

Krys golabek

field Research director - Applied Conservation biology

Carli Coco

camp operations and SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR 

Neil Jordan

COEXISTENCE DIRECTOR and Field Partner 

PETER APPS

LABORATORY director-bioboundary research

For over two decades, the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust has been working to study and preserve wildlife in Africa. What started as the Botswana Wild Dog Research Project in 1989, and has become BPCT -  one of the longest running conservation projects on the continent. Our organisation researches and protects all the large carnivore species in Botswana (wild dog, lion, leopard, cheetah and spotted hyaena) along with their habitats.

BPCT uses scientific enquiry to better understand the behaviour of these animals, using academic endeavour to foster a better future in developing countries. We operate at the point where communities and conservation meet, linking environmental issues to decision making in the ongoing development of rural Africa.

Our mission

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Our goals

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Researchers and collaborators

Geoff Gilfillan (PhD Candidate, University of Sussex: Lion communication)

Jessica Vitale (PhD Candidate, University of Nottingham: Spotted hyena communication and competition

Briana Abrahms (PhD Candidate, University of California [Berkeley]: African wild dog movement ecology)

Kasim Rafiq (PhD Candidate, Liverpool John Moores University: Leopard movement ecology and communication)

Cameron Radford (PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales: Developing communication-based coexistence tools for big cats and livestock)

Dominik Behr (PhD candidate, University of Zurich: African wild dog dispersal)

Gabriele Cozzi (post-doctoral researcher, University of Zurich: African wild dog dispersal)

Professor Alan Wilson (collaborator, Structure and Motion Laboratory, Royal Veterinary College, London: biomechanics of locomotion) 

Our mission

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Our goals

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Staff

Boitshepo Modise (Research Assistant)
Onalethata Nkape (Community Liaison Officer)
Sethunya Modupi (Office Manager)
James Matanga (Workshop Manager and Mechanic)

Alumni
Dr Briana Abrahms, PhD thesis: The Ecology and Conservation of Animal Movement in Changing Land- and Seascapes. (2016)
Dr Lindsey Rich - PhD thesis; Monitoring and Conserving Carnivore Communities across Northern Botswana (2016)
Kelly Stoner - MSc thesis; Changes in pastoralist attitiudes toward carnivores in Botswana’s Okavango Delta (2013) 
Matthew Pomilia - MSc thesis; Intraspecific variation in African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) ranging patterns in northern Botswana (2012) 
Dr Gabriele Cozzi - PhD thesis; Patterns of habitat use and segregation among african large carnivores (2012)
Dr Femke Broekhuis - PhD thesis; `Niche segregation by cheetah as a mechanism for coexistence with lions and spotted hyaena (2012)
Dr Megan Parker - PhD thesis; territoriality and scent marking behavior of African wild dogs in northern Botswana (2010)
Dr Hugh Webster - PhD thesis; Vocal communication and cognitive
abilities in a "fugitive" species: the African wild dog (2008) 
Dr Matt Swarner (Muir) - PhD thesis; Factors associated with wild predator conflict in range lands with free-ranging livestock in western Botswana (2008)