Luangwa Leopard
Image credit: Chase Dart
Project

Saving Africa’s Wild Dogs and Big Cats

Duration
2019 - 2021
Location
Zambia
Species protected
African Wild Dog Lycaon pictus
Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus
Lion Panthera leo

Project objectives

The project team expects three main results from this work that correspond to our three broad categories of activities, specifically:

  • A 30% increase in snare recoveries, snaring arrests, and rifle-poaching arrests from 65 community-supported scouts, covering at least 10,000km a year using foot and dog patrols;
  • Big cat and wild dog habitat and population impacts from snaring by-catch, direct persecution, conflict, prey depletion, human encroachment, and poorly managed trophy hunting of carnivores and herbivores addressed through intensive monitoring and coordination with field-based vets and patrols, the formation of three poison response teams, two human-carnivore conflict mitigation teams, and by providing science-based recommendations to government on carnivore population trends, distribution, land-use change and trophy hunting impacts;
  • A strong community capacity and support to lead conservation efforts now and into the future.

Threaths

Diseases

Habitat loss & degradation

Human-wildlife conflict

Poaching

This project is implemented by Zambian Carnivore Programme.

This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.