TAKING A RANGE-WIDE APPROACH TO THE CONSERVATION OF TWO WIDE RANGING THREATENED LARGE CARNIVORES, THE CHEETAH (ACINONYX JUBATUS) AND THE AFRICAN WILD DOG (LYCAON PICTUS)
Rosemary Groom
Rangewide Conservation Program for Cheetah and Wild Dog (RWCP)

 

Abstract
African wild dogs and cheetah are both low density, wide ranging species. As such, viable populations are rarely found exclusively within Protected Areas, or even within a single country.Conservation therefore requires management at a geographical scale rarely before considered in terrestrial conservation. The Rangewide Conservation Program for Cheetah and Wild Dog (RWCP) uses a continent-wide approach to conservation, with National Action Plans developed for each country to bring practical conservation action down to the national level. To date, National Action Plans are in place for 13 countries. These all make reference to Regional Strategies developed by the RWCP for effective cross-boundary conservation. The program is making important advances concerning the effective conservation of wide ranging endangered species at a regional or range-wide scale. Conservation methods employed include a comprehensive and regularly updated mapping process, support for all on-the-ground field programs, an innovative education and community outreach program and training of senior wildlife managers from all range states. Key projects include a review of the policy and legislative environment for large carnivore conservation in southern Africa, the initiation of a study on the illegal hunting and bushmeat trade, and work on the illegal trade in cheetah. Future activities include an African-wide crowd sourcing program for cheetah and wild dog sightings, a connectivity survey in the Mozambican part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, and a training and mentorship program for a cohort of national carnivore coordinators. The effectiveness and challenges of these activities and programs will be discussed.

 

Presentation Topic

TAKING A RANGE-WIDE APPROACH TO THE CONSERVATION OF TWO WIDE RANGING THREATENED LARGE CARNIVORES, THE CHEETAH (ACINONYX JUBATUS) AND THE AFRICAN WILD DOG (LYCAON PICTUS)

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