ABOUT US

OUR TEAM

J.W. 'TICO' MCNUTT

Founder and Director

LESLEY MCNUTT

Co-founder. Director of Social Programs. Director of CC.

KRYS GOLABEK

Field Reserch. Director of Applied Conservation Biology.

TSHEPO MODISE

Research Assistant and Data Manager

MEGAN CLAASE

Research and Social Media Coordinator

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.

STAFF

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

Kasim Rafiq

Collaborator Post-doctoral Research: Citizen Science and Large Carnivore Population monitoring, UCSC.

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

Briana Abrahms

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

ALUMNI

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)

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)

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