Botswana Predator Conservation Trust
The Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCT) is an umbrella program for all large predator conservation research projects within its domain. It has a dual mission:
- To use rigorous scientific inquiry to acquire essential knowledge regarding the behavioral ecology and communication systems of the African wild dog, cheetah, leopard, lion and spotted hyena, and to apply this knowledge to promote solutions for the preservation of Africa's large predators and their habitats.
- To link conservation and environmental issues to the decision making in the ongoing development of rural Botswana.
See what the BPCT's work is about in this short video:
- To promote the sustainability of threatened and endangered carnivore species and their habitats in Botswana through research, education and management.
- To support ongoing successful management programs and to develop and apply new techniques that sustainably protect threatened carnivores in their natural habitats and ecosystems.
- To train and mentor the people of Botswana to be the conservationists and wildlife custodians of the future.
BPCT is split in three distinct yet related projects: Predator Conservation, Conservation Education and the BioBoundary Project.
A team of international Post-Graduate students and PhD students work on a variety of projects including monitoring trends in animal population sizes and distribution. This is an essential component of research and management. By tracking radio-collared individuals, BPCT monitors the movement of lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas and wild dogs to describe their social behaviours and investigate habitat use, interactions between species, foraging patters and population dynamics. Identifying herbivore abundance and distribution is an essential component of understanding the interactions between intraguild species.
We currently have two graduate students who are conducting research on habitat use and segregation of carnivores, and niche segregation of cheetahs.
Coaching for Conservation
Coaching for Conservation is the primary social and educational development program of BPCT. Focused on primary school children, our goal is to make sport synonymous with healthy lifestyles by linking messages of conservation to the already popular pastime of football. The core message is Respect Your Self, Respect Each Other, and Respect Your Environment.
This short video will get you introduced to the C4C program:
Peter Apps, PhD and Lesego Mmualefe, PhD
The BioBoundary Project's development of artificial territorial boundaries that will keep African Wild Dogs safely inside the borders of protected conservation areas is a rare example of close collaboration between field work and cutting edge chemical analysis. The field work is carried out in the BPCT study area in northern Botswana and the Tuli Block in the south east of the country, and the chemical analysis is carried out in the Paul G Allen Family Foundation Wildlife Chemistry Laboratory in Maun, Botswana.
For more information on our exciting projects, please visit the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust website, www.BPCTrust.org