AfriCat Brown Hyena Research Project
Why we need your help
Brown Hyena Research Project at the AfriCat Foundation in Namibia
Covid 19 impact - with no tourism in Namibia and therefore no guests staying at Okonjima there is no income for the work of the AfriCat Foundation. This has necessitated a curtailment in some aspects of the research work undertaken as without money for salaries, fuel, and equipment it is hard to run a full programme. The study animals are being monitored and work some work can continue working remotely. Any kind donations will be put towards the project when it resumes or may be used to support related research work at Okonjima.
The Brown Hyena Research project being undertaken on the Okonjima Nature Reserve, the home of the AfriCat Foundation is led by Dr Sarah Edwards. With no visitors to Okonjaimthere is no income to help fund the research work. The team are working on a subsantially reduced salary just to keep the project going. Can we help them out?
Okonjima is home to the highest density population of brown hyena recorded across their range, at 24 brown hyena/100km2. We believe the freedom from human persecution; the fenced nature of the reserve and high food resource abundance all contributes to this. The high number of leopards in the Okonjima Nature Reserve also likely benefits brown hyenas by providing extra scavenging opportunities from leopard kills. The details of the research can be found at www.africat.co.uk
In 2020 the AfriCat research team will be focusing on collaring breeding females with GPS collars which allow us to quickly find natal and communal den sites, at which we then set up permanent camera trap monitoring stations. Monitoring breeding females and den sites allows us to look at inter-birth intervals, litter sizes and cub survival rates – all factors which need to be considered for managing enclosed populations.
In addition to breeding females, sub-adult brown hyaenas are to be targeted for GPS collaring, which will allow us to examine dispersal behaviour – this is the first time this has been done for brown hyaenas.
More information is available on www.africat.co.uk and www.africat.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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