J.W. 'TICO' MCNUTT
Founder and Director
Co-founder. Director of Social Programs. Director of CC.
Field Reserch. Director of Applied Conservation Biology.
Research Assistant and Data Manager
Research and Social Media Coordinator
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.
Boitshepo Modise (Research Assistant)
John Neelo (Research Assistant)
Onalethata Nkate (Community Liaison Officer)
Sethunya Modupi (Office Manager)
Allen Monnaatshipi (Workshop Manager and Mechanic)
RESEARCHERS AND COLLABORATORS
Collaborator Post-doctoral Research: Citizen Science and Large Carnivore Population monitoring, UCSC.
PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales: Developing communication-based coexistence tools for big cats and livestock
PhD candidate, University of Zurich: African wild dog dispersal
Post-doctoral researcher, University of Zurich: African wild dog dispersal
Post-doctoral collaborator, NOAA
Professor Alan Wilson
Collaborator, Structure and Motion Laboratory, Royal Veterinary College, London: biomechanics of locomotion
Professor Neil Jordan
Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences University of New South Wales & Taronga Institute of Science and Learning, Taronga Conservation Society Australia
Dr Kasim Rafiq
PhD thesis, Liverpool John Moores University: Leopard movement ecology and communication.
Dr Geoff Gilfillan
PhD thesis, University of Sussex: Lion communication
Dr Jessica Vitale
PhD thesis, University of Nottingham: Spotted hyena communication and competition
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)
MSc thesis; Changes in pastoralist attitiudes toward carnivores in Botswana’s Okavango Delta (2013)
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)