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Cheetah are a really rare sighting in Zambia. The Kafue National Park holds Zambiaโ€™s largest cheetah population. However, fewer than 100 cheetah live within the park and the surrounding GMAโ€™s which total an area of 66,000km2 - half the size of england. Major threats to cheetah in Kafue derive from the surrounding human population that borders the park. Snares set out for bushmeat poaching are reducing population numbers, and habitat encroachment in the GMAs means cheetah have fewer places to live. 

Our co-founder Will is currently working in the Kafue monitoring the predator populations there. This is only his 3rd cheetah sighting in 12 months, which made it really special!

Cheetah are a really rare sighting in Zambia. The Kafue National Park holds Zambiaโ€™s largest cheetah population. However, fewer than 100 cheetah live within the park and the surrounding GMAโ€™s which total an area of 66,000km2 - half the size of england. Major threats to cheetah in Kafue derive from the surrounding human population that borders the park. Snares set out for bushmeat poaching are reducing population numbers, and habitat encroachment in the GMAs means cheetah have fewer places to live. Our co-founder Will is currently working in the Kafue monitoring the predator populations there. This is only his 3rd cheetah sighting in 12 months, which made it really special!

We spent the past years creating the best community we could have asked for, from scientists to photographers.  In 2021, we are ready and so excited to take a next step! ๐Ÿ“–

This year, we will be collaborating with more partners, NGOs and universities. 
Our aim will be to (1) produce better/more accessible scientific content with our brand new video concept, (2) promote the hard work that African NGOs are performing in the field, and (3), raise more funds to support those NGOs that are entirely dedicated to preserve the remaining endangered species in Africa. ๐ŸŽฏ

The best is yet to come.. in the meantime, here are our top 10 pictures  captured by our precious friends and collaborators ๐Ÿฅฐ

๐Ÿ“ธ @alice_peretie, @mathieu_latour_lenomadenature, @arnaud_wildlife, @will_donald

We spent the past years creating the best community we could have asked for, from scientists to photographers. In 2021, we are ready and so excited to take a next step! ๐Ÿ“– This year, we will be collaborating with more partners, NGOs and universities. Our aim will be to (1) produce better/more accessible scientific content with our brand new video concept, (2) promote the hard work that African NGOs are performing in the field, and (3), raise more funds to support those NGOs that are entirely dedicated to preserve the remaining endangered species in Africa. ๐ŸŽฏ The best is yet to come.. in the meantime, here are our top 10 pictures captured by our precious friends and collaborators ๐Ÿฅฐ ๐Ÿ“ธ @alice_peretie, @mathieu_latour_lenomadenature, @arnaud_wildlife, @will_donald

7 things to know for World Cheetah Day! ๐Ÿ†

Cheetahs like most carnivores in Africa have lost most of their geographic range throughout the past century. Fewer than 7,100 are alive in the wild. They are vulnerable to extinction. ๐Ÿ’ฅ

We are pleased to announce that we will be donating 100% of the profits of our Cheetah Merchandise towards @musekeseconservation, a dedicated anti-poaching organisation working to secure core cheetah habitat within the Kafue National Park.๐Ÿ‘Œ Link to the cheetah merch in our bio! ๐Ÿ‘•

Make sure to support other African NGOs working on conserving cheetahs โ€“ This includes @krcbotswana , @botswanapredatorconservation , @pantheracats , @africanparksnetwork , @endangeredwildlifetrust, @wildlife_act ,@zcp_zambia ,  @ccfcheetah and so many more. 

๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธHelp us promote NGOโ€™s that work with cheetahs that we forgot to mention in the comment! ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ“ธ @mathieu_latour_lenomadenature

7 things to know for World Cheetah Day! ๐Ÿ† Cheetahs like most carnivores in Africa have lost most of their geographic range throughout the past century. Fewer than 7,100 are alive in the wild. They are vulnerable to extinction. ๐Ÿ’ฅ We are pleased to announce that we will be donating 100% of the profits of our Cheetah Merchandise towards @musekeseconservation, a dedicated anti-poaching organisation working to secure core cheetah habitat within the Kafue National Park.๐Ÿ‘Œ Link to the cheetah merch in our bio! ๐Ÿ‘• Make sure to support other African NGOs working on conserving cheetahs โ€“ This includes @krcbotswana , @botswanapredatorconservation , @pantheracats , @africanparksnetwork , @endangeredwildlifetrust, @wildlife_act ,@zcp_zambia , @ccfcheetah and so many more. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธHelp us promote NGOโ€™s that work with cheetahs that we forgot to mention in the comment! ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐Ÿ“ธ @mathieu_latour_lenomadenature

 
7 things to know about painted dogs ๐Ÿง 

Is there a fact that you did not already know? 

Drop a comment bellow if you are looking for scientific references to learn more about each fact! ๐Ÿ“

 
๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡
Remember that we are raising funds to support NGOs preserving the last population of painted dogs in West Africa (with around 50 individuals remaining in

7 things to know about painted dogs ๐Ÿง Is there a fact that you did not already know? Drop a comment bellow if you are looking for scientific references to learn more about each fact! ๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡ Remember that we are raising funds to support NGOs preserving the last population of painted dogs in West Africa (with around 50 individuals remaining in #niokolokoba National Park). We are donating 100% of the painted dog merch - link in bio โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘• #africanwilddog #infographics #wildlifeinfographic #lycaonpictus #wildlifeeducation #wildliferesearch #africanimals #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #saveourwildlife #scicomm #wilddogs #conservationist

Message from @will_donald โ€“ Whilst @angelo_poupard is slaving away at his masters studies, things are wrapping up here for the @musekeseconservation field season. The rains have hit, and they have hit hard, turning the northern section of the Kafue into a swamp and making it near impossible for data collection.

However, there have been some definite highlights over the last few months. My biggest highlight was spending a few days with the Zambian carnivore programme @zcp_zambia where we tracked a painted dog pack that had newly formed in the musekese area, and managed to collar one of the females. This pack have appeared on most of our camera trap sites in the core area, showing just how far they can move! The best sighting of which was at a waterhole where they encountered a herd of zebra. One of the coolest camera trap photos I have ever seen! 

The plan now is to spend the off season (Dec-April) organising everything necessary to hit the ground running again in May. As I now have plenty more time on my hands, expect a greater amount of TwoCan content in the future!

Message from @will_donald โ€“ Whilst @angelo_poupard is slaving away at his masters studies, things are wrapping up here for the @musekeseconservation field season. The rains have hit, and they have hit hard, turning the northern section of the Kafue into a swamp and making it near impossible for data collection. However, there have been some definite highlights over the last few months. My biggest highlight was spending a few days with the Zambian carnivore programme @zcp_zambia where we tracked a painted dog pack that had newly formed in the musekese area, and managed to collar one of the females. This pack have appeared on most of our camera trap sites in the core area, showing just how far they can move! The best sighting of which was at a waterhole where they encountered a herd of zebra. One of the coolest camera trap photos I have ever seen! The plan now is to spend the off season (Dec-April) organising everything necessary to hit the ground running again in May. As I now have plenty more time on my hands, expect a greater amount of TwoCan content in the future! #africanresearchers #wildlifeeducation #africanwilddog #painteddog #lycaon #lycaonpictus #sharesouthafrica #natureinfocus #africanimals #africa #loveyourwildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation #earthoffline #cameratrap #forwildlife #kafuenationalpark #knp #ForNature #wildliferesearch #animals #wildlifephotohraphy #cameratrap #browningtrailcam #wildplanet #wildlifeplanet #focusspecies #ecosystems

Message from @angelo_poupard โ€“ While @will_donald is working day and night in the Kafue National Park with @musekeseconservation, I am recalling my time spent with him going in the field every morning.  Spending unending hours in the cold or the heat monitoring African wild dogs and appreciating their incredible social structure, is by far the most incredible feeling I have experienced. 

Over the next 12 months, I will be conducting my two next research projects in West Africa (with ZSL and Imperial College London). For my first project, I will be using satellite remote sensing historical data to look at the impact of agricultural encroachment on ecosystem functioning in the WAP complex. ๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ก

My second project will look at human-carnivore conflict in the Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal, and hopefully, I will conduct an ecological follow up on the last population of painted dogs in the entire region.

Eager to raise awareness in West Africa, a fantastic area still highly underestimated by the public! ๐Ÿ‘Š 

๐Ÿ™‹Remember that we are donating 100% of the painted dog merch profits to save the last population of painted dog in West Africa. Make sure to get yours and become a true TwoCan Conservation ambassador! 

๐Ÿ“ธ @byrongrobler  @mathieu_latour_lenomadenature @alice_peretie  @arnaud_wildlife 
๐ŸŽจ @pawprintsart

Message from @angelo_poupard โ€“ While @will_donald is working day and night in the Kafue National Park with @musekeseconservation, I am recalling my time spent with him going in the field every morning. Spending unending hours in the cold or the heat monitoring African wild dogs and appreciating their incredible social structure, is by far the most incredible feeling I have experienced. Over the next 12 months, I will be conducting my two next research projects in West Africa (with ZSL and Imperial College London). For my first project, I will be using satellite remote sensing historical data to look at the impact of agricultural encroachment on ecosystem functioning in the WAP complex. ๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ก My second project will look at human-carnivore conflict in the Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal, and hopefully, I will conduct an ecological follow up on the last population of painted dogs in the entire region. Eager to raise awareness in West Africa, a fantastic area still highly underestimated by the public! ๐Ÿ‘Š ๐Ÿ™‹Remember that we are donating 100% of the painted dog merch profits to save the last population of painted dog in West Africa. Make sure to get yours and become a true TwoCan Conservation ambassador! ๐Ÿ“ธ @byrongrobler @mathieu_latour_lenomadenature @alice_peretie @arnaud_wildlife ๐ŸŽจ @pawprintsart #africanresearchers #wildlifeeducation #africanwilddog #painteddog #lycaon #lycaonpictus #sharesouthafrica #natureinfocus #africanimals #africa #loveyourwildlife #conservation #wildlifeconservation #earthoffline

Elephants killing rhinos โ€“fake news, true story?๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ

National lockdown is tough but at least it means one thing: we have more time to connect with you! We will be sharing one post a day mentioning an awesome story/fact related to African wildlife conservation โ€“  Stay tuned! 

There were no elephants present in 1980 in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. To combat this, an elephant reintroduction program took place where 56 young orphan elephants were introduced. An unexpected problem was that the young males killed more than 60 rhinos in a few years (including highly endangered black rhinos)!! 

This was something not seen elsewhere, and was explained by the fact that there were no mature male elephants in the reserve, leading to the orphan male elephants coming into musth at a younger age than normal and staying in musth for longer periods. 

They then introduced only 10 mature bulls in the reserve, which led to a reduction of younger elephants killing rhinos within a decade. Next time someone asks you what the role of mature males is within the social structure of elephants - mention this story!

Reference: Elephant Management in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (Druce et al., 2017)

๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡
We are donating 100% of the elephant merch profits to help an NGO conserving the last remaining populations of elephants in West Africa. Make sure to get yours - become a TwoCan ambassador and contribute to your own scale to saving elephants in Africa!

๐Ÿ“ธ @mathieu_latour_lenomadenature (1&4), @will_donald , @alice_peretie

Elephants killing rhinos โ€“fake news, true story?๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ National lockdown is tough but at least it means one thing: we have more time to connect with you! We will be sharing one post a day mentioning an awesome story/fact related to African wildlife conservation โ€“ Stay tuned! There were no elephants present in 1980 in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. To combat this, an elephant reintroduction program took place where 56 young orphan elephants were introduced. An unexpected problem was that the young males killed more than 60 rhinos in a few years (including highly endangered black rhinos)!! This was something not seen elsewhere, and was explained by the fact that there were no mature male elephants in the reserve, leading to the orphan male elephants coming into musth at a younger age than normal and staying in musth for longer periods. They then introduced only 10 mature bulls in the reserve, which led to a reduction of younger elephants killing rhinos within a decade. Next time someone asks you what the role of mature males is within the social structure of elephants - mention this story! Reference: Elephant Management in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (Druce et al., 2017) ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡ We are donating 100% of the elephant merch profits to help an NGO conserving the last remaining populations of elephants in West Africa. Make sure to get yours - become a TwoCan ambassador and contribute to your own scale to saving elephants in Africa! ๐Ÿ“ธ @mathieu_latour_lenomadenature (1&4), @will_donald , @alice_peretie #earthoffline #elephant #africanresearchers #africanimals #africawildlife #africanconservation #conservationresearch #conservationeducation #loveyourwildlife #conservation #sharesouthafrica #stoppoaching #wildlifephotography

 
Not everyone has had the privilege to blow @will_donald 's mind.. but Dr Apps was successful! ๐Ÿ˜‰ To be fair, what an amazing project Dr Apps and his colleagues from  @botswanapredatorconservation are conducting!๐Ÿ˜ฏ

Imagine the possibility of a project (the Bioboundary Project) that would benefit both to African carnivores and farmers at the same time, without being intrusive for any stakeholders? ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ†

To listen to this incredible project, check out our YouTube page or directly from our website. ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

๐Ÿ‘• To support the conservation of painted dogs in Africa, consider supporting the bioboundary project, or buy one of painted dog jumper.. 100% of the profit are donating to support the last population of painted dogs in West Africa. (link in bio)

๐Ÿ“ธ @byrongrobler

Not everyone has had the privilege to blow @will_donald 's mind.. but Dr Apps was successful! ๐Ÿ˜‰ To be fair, what an amazing project Dr Apps and his colleagues from @botswanapredatorconservation are conducting!๐Ÿ˜ฏ Imagine the possibility of a project (the Bioboundary Project) that would benefit both to African carnivores and farmers at the same time, without being intrusive for any stakeholders? ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ† To listen to this incredible project, check out our YouTube page or directly from our website. ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘• To support the conservation of painted dogs in Africa, consider supporting the bioboundary project, or buy one of painted dog jumper.. 100% of the profit are donating to support the last population of painted dogs in West Africa. (link in bio) ๐Ÿ“ธ @byrongrobler #earthoffline #wildliferesearch #wildlifeeducation #lycaon #bioboundaryproject #wildlifehumanconflict #carnivoreconservation

It is not just Lycaon pictus! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘‡

We thought it would be a great idea to share with you the complete taxonomic name of the Painted dog, which can be used for any species on our precious planet. 

Taxonomy is referred to as the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms. In 1735 Carolus Linnaeus published โ€œSystema Naturae โ€œ and for this, he is considered as the father of taxonomy. ๐ŸŒต๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿฆš
Throughout time scientific and common names have changed for some species, specifically for the painted dog. This post will hopefully show you the complexity of naming species.

We will cover future posts explaining the origins of the scientific and common of the painted dog. Stay tuned! ๐Ÿพ

๐Ÿ™‹๐ŸปHelp us spread the message - share, like, comment, and communicate about wildlife conservation

Infographic credit: @will_donald

It is not just Lycaon pictus! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ‘‡ We thought it would be a great idea to share with you the complete taxonomic name of the Painted dog, which can be used for any species on our precious planet. Taxonomy is referred to as the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms. In 1735 Carolus Linnaeus published โ€œSystema Naturae โ€œ and for this, he is considered as the father of taxonomy. ๐ŸŒต๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿฆš Throughout time scientific and common names have changed for some species, specifically for the painted dog. This post will hopefully show you the complexity of naming species. We will cover future posts explaining the origins of the scientific and common of the painted dog. Stay tuned! ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ™‹๐ŸปHelp us spread the message - share, like, comment, and communicate about wildlife conservation Infographic credit: @will_donald #taxonomy #earthoffline #scicomm #scienceawareness #lycaonpictus #lycaon #scientificname #scientificnames #endangeredspecies #iucnredlist #wildlifeeducation #conservationists #talkswild

Our co-founder Willโ€™s first visual sighting of Painted Dogs in the Kafue National Park!

The Kafue is home to a healthy but declining painted dog population. There were 7 dogs in this pack, four males and three females. The four males are dispersers from a pack further south that had recently split up after one of the females was killed in a road accident. It is good to know that they have now joined up with three new females, the origins of which are currently unknown. 

The painted dogs in this section of the park are monitored collaboratively between @zcp_zambia and @musekeseconservation. Musekese conservation conducts vital anti-poaching patrols in the area, which deters poachers from entering this section of the park and helps to ensure the painted dogs and other wildlife species continue to persist for years to come!

Our co-founder Willโ€™s first visual sighting of Painted Dogs in the Kafue National Park! The Kafue is home to a healthy but declining painted dog population. There were 7 dogs in this pack, four males and three females. The four males are dispersers from a pack further south that had recently split up after one of the females was killed in a road accident. It is good to know that they have now joined up with three new females, the origins of which are currently unknown. The painted dogs in this section of the park are monitored collaboratively between @zcp_zambia and @musekeseconservation. Musekese conservation conducts vital anti-poaching patrols in the area, which deters poachers from entering this section of the park and helps to ensure the painted dogs and other wildlife species continue to persist for years to come! #painteddog #wilddog #africanwilddog #capehuntingdog #KafueNP #knp #research #wildliferesearch #wildlifeconservation #conservation #SAconservation #SAwildlife #zambia #zambiawildlife

BUY A TEE SHIRT THAT SAVES VULTURES!

Itโ€™s very likely that vultures will be extinct in Africa within 50 years if current trends continue. Of the 10 vulture species that live in Africa, 9 are endangered or critically endangered.

Weโ€™ve decided to support Raptors Botswana, who do terrific work in conserving vulture populations in Botswana and Southern Africa through research and community driven conservation about the importance of vultures.

Therefore, TwoCan Conservation is currently selling Vulture Merchandise on our website, where 100% OF THE PROFIT raised is donated straight to this organisation of passionate conservationists.

Contribute at your own scale and become a real ambassador for the conservation of vultures! ๐Ÿง

Link in the bio!

https://teespring.com/vulture-merchandise?pid=2&tsmac=store&tsmic=twocan-conservation

BUY A TEE SHIRT THAT SAVES VULTURES! Itโ€™s very likely that vultures will be extinct in Africa within 50 years if current trends continue. Of the 10 vulture species that live in Africa, 9 are endangered or critically endangered. Weโ€™ve decided to support Raptors Botswana, who do terrific work in conserving vulture populations in Botswana and Southern Africa through research and community driven conservation about the importance of vultures. Therefore, TwoCan Conservation is currently selling Vulture Merchandise on our website, where 100% OF THE PROFIT raised is donated straight to this organisation of passionate conservationists. Contribute at your own scale and become a real ambassador for the conservation of vultures! ๐Ÿง Link in the bio! https://teespring.com/vulture-merchandise?pid=2&tsmac=store&tsmic=twocan-conservation #vultures #vultureconservation #saveourwildlife #endangeredspecies #endangeredvultures #birdlovers #africanvulturecrisis #raptorsbotswana #africawildlife #IVAD #wildlifemerchandise

 
Together we can help halt the decline in vulture populations. 

Tomorrow is international vulture awareness day, so we thought weโ€™d share with you some information regarding the plight of African vultures.

Of the 10 vulture species that live in Africa, 9 are endangered or critically endangered. 5 of the 6 endemic species (Cape, White-headed, white-backed, hooded, & ruฬˆppells) are classified as endangered or critically endangered, and all four non-endemic species (lappet-faced, bearded, Egyptian, and Griffon)  Africa based populations are endangered. 

The causes of vulture decline are almost entirely due to humans. 60% of vulture decline is due to poisoning, both unintentional by farmers targeting other species, and intentional by poachers who are trying to reduce vulture numbers as they alert law enforcement to poached animals. 30% of the decline is due to vultures being sold as bushmeat or parts being sold in traditional medicine. 9% is due to vultures being killed by power lines, either through in-flight collision with wires or when they roost on towers.

Itโ€™s very likely that vultures will be extinct in Africa within 50 years if current trends continue. Thatโ€™s why we at twocan conservation have decided to do something about it. We have decided to sell vulture themed merchandise, with the profits going to an organisation that is working to protect vulture species. 

Weโ€™ve decided to support Raptors Botswana, an offshoot of @krcbotswana , who do terrific work in conserving vulture populations in Botswana and Southern Africa through research and community driven conservation about the importance of vultures. 

If you would like to support On the ground conservation of vultures in Botswana and would like some of our merch, you can buy it on our website, the link is in our bio!

Together we can help halt the decline in vulture populations. Tomorrow is international vulture awareness day, so we thought weโ€™d share with you some information regarding the plight of African vultures. Of the 10 vulture species that live in Africa, 9 are endangered or critically endangered. 5 of the 6 endemic species (Cape, White-headed, white-backed, hooded, & ruฬˆppells) are classified as endangered or critically endangered, and all four non-endemic species (lappet-faced, bearded, Egyptian, and Griffon) Africa based populations are endangered. The causes of vulture decline are almost entirely due to humans. 60% of vulture decline is due to poisoning, both unintentional by farmers targeting other species, and intentional by poachers who are trying to reduce vulture numbers as they alert law enforcement to poached animals. 30% of the decline is due to vultures being sold as bushmeat or parts being sold in traditional medicine. 9% is due to vultures being killed by power lines, either through in-flight collision with wires or when they roost on towers. Itโ€™s very likely that vultures will be extinct in Africa within 50 years if current trends continue. Thatโ€™s why we at twocan conservation have decided to do something about it. We have decided to sell vulture themed merchandise, with the profits going to an organisation that is working to protect vulture species. Weโ€™ve decided to support Raptors Botswana, an offshoot of @krcbotswana , who do terrific work in conserving vulture populations in Botswana and Southern Africa through research and community driven conservation about the importance of vultures. If you would like to support On the ground conservation of vultures in Botswana and would like some of our merch, you can buy it on our website, the link is in our bio! #IVAD #vulture #africanvulturecrisis #africa #africanvultures #africanconservation #wildlifeconservation #saveourspecies #wildlifemerchandise #merchandise #africawildlife #raptorsbotswana

Which animals produced the tracks in these images? 

One method that has been used for decades to monitor predator populations is by using their tracks. Tracks are a great way to work out whether major predators are in the area you work. 

Tracks are also used to measure predator densities - the number of tracks of a species per 100km driven can be converted into a density estimate of animals/100km2, which can further be converted into an abundance estimate. 

However, recent research by @globalconservationist and colleagues has called into question using animal tracks for measuring density and abundance, particularly for wide-ranging low density carnivores such as painted dogs, cheetahs, and lions. 

Their study found that track abundance estimates often overstate prescision or are too imprecise to provide meaningful information for carnivore population management. By using data from 2 lion populations with known densities, they found that track density estimates were accurate at predicting population density only ~20% of the time, meaning 80% of the time track density estimates are essentially rubbish. 

Monitoring carnivore populations using robust methodologies such as capture-recapture, where you can identify individuals and their movements, is definitely the best way to monitor the long term status of carnivore populations.

Which animals produced the tracks in these images? One method that has been used for decades to monitor predator populations is by using their tracks. Tracks are a great way to work out whether major predators are in the area you work. Tracks are also used to measure predator densities - the number of tracks of a species per 100km driven can be converted into a density estimate of animals/100km2, which can further be converted into an abundance estimate. However, recent research by @globalconservationist and colleagues has called into question using animal tracks for measuring density and abundance, particularly for wide-ranging low density carnivores such as painted dogs, cheetahs, and lions. Their study found that track abundance estimates often overstate prescision or are too imprecise to provide meaningful information for carnivore population management. By using data from 2 lion populations with known densities, they found that track density estimates were accurate at predicting population density only ~20% of the time, meaning 80% of the time track density estimates are essentially rubbish. Monitoring carnivore populations using robust methodologies such as capture-recapture, where you can identify individuals and their movements, is definitely the best way to monitor the long term status of carnivore populations. #carnivoretracks #wildlife #conservation #research #africa #wildlifeconservation

Our previous vulture infographic was based on the endemic African species. Today, we look at the non-endemic species, of which there are four: Lappet Faced Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Bearded Vulture, and Griffon Vulture. As well as residing in Africa, these species also have populations in Eurasia.

Two of these species are globally endangered (Lappet faced & Egyptian). However, Whilst the Bearded & Griffon vultures are not endangered, their breeding African populations are, with bearded vultures declining by 80% in Africa,  and the Griffon vulture only having one breeding population in the very north of the continent - itโ€™s entirely possible that Griffon Vultures will stop breeding in Africa within the next 20-30 years. 

Our next infographic will detail will be on international Vulture Awareness day, the 4th September, and will detail the main conservation threats to vulture species in Africa. 

We also have exciting news, as on international vulture awareness day we will be launching our Vulture themed merchandise, of which 100% of the profits (up to a specific target) will go to @krcbotswana Raptors Botswana Programme, who do excellent work in conserving Vultures in Southern Africa and deserve support!

Our previous vulture infographic was based on the endemic African species. Today, we look at the non-endemic species, of which there are four: Lappet Faced Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Bearded Vulture, and Griffon Vulture. As well as residing in Africa, these species also have populations in Eurasia. Two of these species are globally endangered (Lappet faced & Egyptian). However, Whilst the Bearded & Griffon vultures are not endangered, their breeding African populations are, with bearded vultures declining by 80% in Africa, and the Griffon vulture only having one breeding population in the very north of the continent - itโ€™s entirely possible that Griffon Vultures will stop breeding in Africa within the next 20-30 years. Our next infographic will detail will be on international Vulture Awareness day, the 4th September, and will detail the main conservation threats to vulture species in Africa. We also have exciting news, as on international vulture awareness day we will be launching our Vulture themed merchandise, of which 100% of the profits (up to a specific target) will go to @krcbotswana Raptors Botswana Programme, who do excellent work in conserving Vultures in Southern Africa and deserve support! #vulture #vulturecrisis #africa #wildlife #conservation #vultureconservation #saveourwildlife #research #science #infographic #wildlifeconservation #southafricanwildlife #eastafrica #westafrica #ecosystem #africanconservation

 
Meet @rochellemph, a young passionate conservationist currently pursuing her masters in collaboration with the @krcbotswana Kalahari Research & Conservation (KRC). ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฟ

Rochelleโ€™s work essentially focusses on raptors and particularly on vultures that are highly endangered within the continent. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿ’ป

Through her experience and opportunities, we want to highlight a few major tips that will assist young African (and in fact worldwide) students to find opportunities to pursue their passion for conservation. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ก

The following videos will delve into her work with the KRC to conserve vultures, stay tuned !! ๐Ÿ”ฆ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

Meet @rochellemph, a young passionate conservationist currently pursuing her masters in collaboration with the @krcbotswana Kalahari Research & Conservation (KRC). ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฟ Rochelleโ€™s work essentially focusses on raptors and particularly on vultures that are highly endangered within the continent. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐Ÿ’ป Through her experience and opportunities, we want to highlight a few major tips that will assist young African (and in fact worldwide) students to find opportunities to pursue their passion for conservation. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ก The following videos will delve into her work with the KRC to conserve vultures, stay tuned !! ๐Ÿ”ฆ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

Today is world painted dog day, and we have got exciting news! ๐Ÿ˜ To support this endangered and fascinating species, we are pleased to announce that in the next week or so we will be launching our painted dog merchandise, amazingly designed by @edharrison co-founder of @_undertheskin (check out their amazing work!)

We are planning to donate 100% of the profits (up to a specific target) to help an NGO conserving the last remaining population of painted dog in West Africa, the details of which will be announced shortly.

This population of ~30 individuals in located in Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal. The funds we raise will help contribute to the monitoring of this population, as very little is known about it currently. We will also spend the following weeks raising awareness about the situation of carnivores in West Africa. Niokolo-Kobaโ€™s predator populations are in definite need of conservation action, as are the rest of the carnivore populations in West Africa! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿง

๐Ÿ‘‡Let us know in comment bellow your thought on this exciting project!

Today is world painted dog day, and we have got exciting news! ๐Ÿ˜ To support this endangered and fascinating species, we are pleased to announce that in the next week or so we will be launching our painted dog merchandise, amazingly designed by @edharrison co-founder of @_undertheskin (check out their amazing work!) We are planning to donate 100% of the profits (up to a specific target) to help an NGO conserving the last remaining population of painted dog in West Africa, the details of which will be announced shortly. This population of ~30 individuals in located in Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal. The funds we raise will help contribute to the monitoring of this population, as very little is known about it currently. We will also spend the following weeks raising awareness about the situation of carnivores in West Africa. Niokolo-Kobaโ€™s predator populations are in definite need of conservation action, as are the rest of the carnivore populations in West Africa! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ‘‡Let us know in comment bellow your thought on this exciting project! #worldpainteddogday

Our cofounder Will is currently working in the Kafue National Park with @musekeseconservation. Heโ€™s been out on 3 drives so far and has had 3 awesome big cat sightings - a large male lion, a female leopard, and a mother cheetah with 2 cubs. The Kafue has Zambiaโ€™s largest cheetah population, a large lion population, and a healthy leopard population. Will has been brought in to conduct research in the Musekese-Lumbeya portion of the Kafue, to help ascertain the status and health of all major mammal carnivore populations in the area.

Our cofounder Will is currently working in the Kafue National Park with @musekeseconservation. Heโ€™s been out on 3 drives so far and has had 3 awesome big cat sightings - a large male lion, a female leopard, and a mother cheetah with 2 cubs. The Kafue has Zambiaโ€™s largest cheetah population, a large lion population, and a healthy leopard population. Will has been brought in to conduct research in the Musekese-Lumbeya portion of the Kafue, to help ascertain the status and health of all major mammal carnivore populations in the area. #kafuenationalpark #zambia #zambianconservation #southernafrica #Lion #leopard #cheetah #carnivore #wildliferesearch #conservation #africa #wildifeconservation

Following our viral lion infographic explaining the drastic decline of lions in the post colonial period, we are highlighting the African Lion Working Group (ALWG). ๐Ÿง The ALWG is forum/collective of experts whos aim is to conserve lions in Africa. ๐Ÿฆ We asked Dr Alves @the_conservation_vet , a member of this group and renowned South African wildlife vet from Wildlifevets SA, to tell us more about the role of the ALWG. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐ŸŽ™
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With less than 400 lions in the entire region of West Africa, the west African lion would become regionally extirpated without the hard work of NGOs such as @africanparksnetwork, @pantheracats , @officialzsl,

Following our viral lion infographic explaining the drastic decline of lions in the post colonial period, we are highlighting the African Lion Working Group (ALWG). ๐Ÿง The ALWG is forum/collective of experts whos aim is to conserve lions in Africa. ๐Ÿฆ We asked Dr Alves @the_conservation_vet , a member of this group and renowned South African wildlife vet from Wildlifevets SA, to tell us more about the role of the ALWG. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐ŸŽ™ ๐Ÿ‘‡ With less than 400 lions in the entire region of West Africa, the west African lion would become regionally extirpated without the hard work of NGOs such as @africanparksnetwork, @pantheracats , @officialzsl, #LeoFoundation.. ๐Ÿ‘‰To learn more about the West African Lion, read the scientific publication from Henschel, P & his colleagues, 2014. The Lion is West Africa is critically Endangered. ๐Ÿ“ƒ Moreover, recent studies using the field of genetics have suggested a revision of the taxonomy of the African lion. ๐Ÿงช๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป Indeed, it appears that the West & Central African Lion represent a unique clade (meaning they are genetically isolated from other African lions). This is worth mentioning as this population is currently at risk of extinction. Losing this last population of the West African Lion would therefore have many more consequences in term of lionโ€™s genetic diversity. ๐Ÿงฌ ๐Ÿ‘‰ To understand more about the taxonomy, evolution & genetic diversity of the African lion, we strongly suggest you to read Dr Bertolaโ€™s thesis ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ โ€“ โ€œGenetic Diversity in the Lion (Panthera leo (Linnaeus 1758)): Evolutionary History & Conservation for the Futureโ€. ๐Ÿ“ƒ #criticallyendangered #westafricanlion #lionconservation #africanlionworkinggroup #africanwildife #wildlifeinterview #wildlifepodcast #conservationeducation #earthoffline #wildlifeconservation #westafrica #evolution #genetic #taxonomy #iucn #iucnredlist

 
We are thrilled that @iamcardib is drawing attention to West African conservation with her new song WAP. In her song, she is clearly referring to the WAP complex, a 30,000km2 transfrontier conservation area between Benin, Burkina Faso, and Niger. This conservation area holds 95% of the remaining population of the critically endangered West African Lion. Thanks Cardi B for raising awareness about the WAP!

We are thrilled that @iamcardib is drawing attention to West African conservation with her new song WAP. In her song, she is clearly referring to the WAP complex, a 30,000km2 transfrontier conservation area between Benin, Burkina Faso, and Niger. This conservation area holds 95% of the remaining population of the critically endangered West African Lion. Thanks Cardi B for raising awareness about the WAP! #CardiB #WAP #wapcomplex #westafrica #westafricaconservation #benin #burkinafaso #niger #pendjari #arly #wnationalpark #Lion #endangeredspecies #mammalz #savebigcats #felidae #pantheraleo #pendjari #criticallyendangered

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