iCows

As ambush predators, lions and leopards rely on stalking and surprise, so being seen by their prey usually means they abandon their hunt. The i-cow project tests whether tapping into this response - by painting eye patterns onto cattle backsides - can reduce livestock losses and retaliatory killing of carnivores. If successful, this inexpensive tool will help to safeguard large carnivores and livelihoods alike.

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Understanding the patterns of African wild dog dispersal (Lycaon pictus)

The Okavango Delta is one of the last strongholds for the African wild dog and this population likely acts as a source population for the re-colonization of surrounding regions. Consequently understanding the mechanisms and patterns of wild dog dispersal are fundamental for the management and conservation of the species.

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Investigating the role of long-distance roaring and scent marking in the social interactions of lions (Panthera leo)

This research aims to investigate how lions use a range of acoustic and olfactory signals to facilitate the social interactions necessary to maintain a viable lion population. This information may also inform efforts to reduce conflict.

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Experimental investigation of interspecific interactions involving spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta)

The aim of this research is to understand the importat but little studied role of spotted hyaenas within the African large predator guild inhabiting the Okavango Delta.

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Understanding and manipulating the spatial movements of leopards (Panthera pardus)

This research aims to investigate how leopard space use (specifically amongst territorial males) is mediated by their inter and intraspecific competitors and so establish whether audio or scent cues could be used to manipulate leopard movements for conservation purposes

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Monitoring and conserving carnivore communities across Northern Botswana

This research aims to identify and implement a sustainable method for monitoring carnivore communities across northern Botswana

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Movement ecology of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus)

This research aims to investigate the roles of individual behavior, interspecific interactions and changes in the physical environment (e.g. changing water levels) on African wild dog movement to determine whether incorporating such dynamic processes in movement modeling improves our ability to describe the patterns of observed movement and thus advance the scientific basis of methods used in conservation planning.

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