MPALA WILDLIFE FOUNDATION via Crowdrise
January 28, 2011
BENEFITING: MPALA WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
Camera traps have been used extensively in tropical rainforests but this study breaks the trend by using them to address conservation questions related to animals living on the savannas of E. Africia.
We plan to place camera traps on Mpala and other properties in Laikipia to see how different land use practices affect wildlife populations, especially carnivores – leopards, lions, cheetah, caracals, wild cats, serval cats, and various hyenas. We deploy our cameras for 3 weeks at a time snapping pictures day and night.
This is more than about taking cool pictures. We’re addressing some pretty important conservation issues. We want to answer questions like ‘Can wildlife – especially carnivores - and livestock live side-by-side’?, ‘How many cows are too much if we want wildlife too’? and ‘Are some carnivores better at living in human-occupied landscapes than others’? Up to now, there has been lots of speculation about these questions but little hard evidence to answer them. We will share our results and photos with land managers, government officials, private ranch owners and others who want to better understand the effects that different land use practices on Laikipia’s wildlife. And as a donor, we’ll share our photos with you!
Help us by donating toward the following:
New cameras – each one costs $450 USD
Rechargeable batteries - $30 per 6-pack
Stipend for a Kenyan field assistant - $250/month
Petrol to get around - $1/liter; we use about 200 liters/month
Thanks for your contribution!