Human Wildlife Conflict

Mitigating Human Wildlife Conflict through Long-Term Solutions

42

Conflict Victims (Human & Wildlife) Assisted

96

Livestock Lost to Predators in 2016

41

Livestock Enclosures Reinforced in 2016

7

Community Awareness Programs Carried Out in 2016

Conflicts rise as human populations increase, natural resources wain, and habitats shrink. We are committed to mitigating these issues to the benefit of both humans and wildlife, as well as finding long-term solutions that allow for a more natural coexistence.

EDUCATION

The majority of HWC cases can be avoided by understanding the behaviour patterns and traits of wildlife. Through consultative awareness campaigns we hope to convert the negative perception and reactions of the community towards wildlife and create an environment that allows humans and wildlife to live side by side in harmony.

EXPERIENCE

Although seasonal and climatic conditions affect the frequency of HWC incidents, it is not a new or novel problem. The experience gained over time in handling these issues has provided us with the ability to react to reports more efficiently, deal with the impact of the incident and form a strategy to mitigate any further losses.

COLLABORATION

Due to the sheer size of the area, working with the local communities and other like-minded initiatives operating within the region is key if conflict is going to be prevented in the long term. We provide logistical and technological support where needed and offer the use of our facilities to researchers working on human-wildlife conflict mitigation.   

TECHNOLOGY

Accurate and timely information is vital when dealing with HWC incidents to capture patterns and determine effective mitigation strategies. We make use of custom designed location-based software deployed to devices providing quick, efficient and reliable data collection out in the field and effective data processing and reporting.

Incident Response

Conflict situations are often very stressful for both humans and wildlife. Incidents need to be handled carefully to prevent more harm being done. We prioritise our resources for incident reaction to allow all the necessary processes to be carried out effectively in order to primarily ensure the safety of both parties, determine the cause and nature of the incident and collect the data necessary to begin forming a plan to prevent a recurrence in future. 

Awareness Education & Solutions

As motive and impact of an incident is investigated and examined, data is compared to other incidents and any patterns are analysed to formulate a long-term mitigation strategy. This information is then passed on to the relevant authorities and the affected community members through awareness campaigns and consultative meetings. Training sessions are carried out on the best practices used to prevent HWC and how to handle an incident should it occur. In situations where these processes do not provide a lasting solution, alternative non-traditional methods are introduced and implemented.

Awareness Education & Solutions

As motive and impact of an incident is investigated and examined, data is compared to other incidents and any patterns are analysed to formulate a long-term mitigation strategy. This information is then passed on to the relevant authorities and the affected community members through awareness campaigns and consultative meetings. Training sessions are carried out on the best practices used to prevent HWC and how to handle an incident should it occur. In situations where these processes do not provide a lasting solution, alternative non-traditional methods are introduced and implemented.

Human & Wildlife Emergency Aid

It is inevitable that casualties result from conflict situations and the wildlife generally pays the ultimate price. By providing timely and effective medical care for humans and veterinary care for wildlife victims, we are able to reduce the impact of incidents and improve survival rates. The scourge of the bushmeat trade has had a huge impact on the wildlife with thousands of wire snares causing untold damage to wildlife even years after they were deployed. Having an in-house animal treatment expert on our team enables us to immobilise and treat most injured animals that would otherwise have died a slow and painful death.

HOW TO HELP

  • Lion-Proof Livestock Enclosures
  • Livestock Defender Employment
  • Solar Protection Lights
  • Satellite Tracking Collars