Farming with Predators - Human-wildlife conflict in Namibia

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Feedback June 2018: The data collection phase of the project is done (no more time or money) and so the project do not have any immediate equipment needs. We would like to share the results with various farmers associations, so please contact us (preferably by e-mail) if you want us to visit your farmers association (from September 2018). We are in the process of writing up the results.

Firstly, if you are a farmer, please fill in the survey to tell more about your predator situation and how you manage it. If you want to have the methods you use analysed and compare to others in terms of cost-effectiveness, contact me please. If you are a student who would be interested in volunteering on this project over the holidays, please feel free to contact me. If you are a business of research institute who can sponsor any of the below project requirements, or an individual who would like to contribute, please contact me or contribute at Paypal. If you cannot buy a specific item, but have an old one that you can lend to the project until the end of 2015, it will still be appreciated very much.

Although tracking can tell us a lot about the behaviour of predators, it is only possible to track one animal at a time. GPS collars would enable us to track the movements of multiple animals simultaneously. However they are so expensive that they are not currently part of the project (shown in italics in the list below). Currently the data collection field phase of the project is on hold while I write up the results so far as my PhD thesis. Following is a list of equipment needed for continuing the project and their estimated costs:

ItemNumber neededCosts-per-unitNotes
Android GPS smart phone (SamsungGalaxy Grand Neo I9060)34 000-00For tracking teams to store GPS data on Cybertracker program
Reconyx research camera traps3R6 709-00For identifying individual predators that are tracked
Secondhand 4X4 bakkie1R120 000-00Transport
GPS collars20R10 000-00Five each for jackal, caracal, cheetah and leopard
Capture equipment1R 26 570-005 Telonics trap transmitters, 5 soft traps (Victor Oneida), VHF Telonics antenna and receiver
Diverse capture costs1R 14 250-00Veterinary costs, transport, dart gun, medication

Our thanks to the following contributors:

Stellenbosch University LogoStellenbosch UniversityMaking this research project possible
NRF LogoNRFFunding of study costs and basic research costs (Monthly expenses like food, fuel, maintenance etc.)
CCF LogoCCFLoan of 22 camera traps and logistic support during camera trap study
Naankuse LogoN/a'an ku sêUse of GPS collar data for leopards and cheetahs

Our thanks to the following kapipal supporters:

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