ZSL/Panthera Project in the WAP Complex, Benin: West African Carnivores and Elephants in the Savannah

The W-Arli-Pendjari (WAP) transboundary conservation complex (Burkina Faso, Niger and Benin) is one of the most important areas for conservation in West Africa, sheltering the largest remaining population of the critically endangered West African lion, the last population of cheetah in the region and over 60% of the remaining West African elephant population. This project is a collaboration between ZSL and Panthera and focuses initially on supporting the Beninese agency CENAGREF in protecting two parks: Pendjari and W NP. It…

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Illegal Trade in Cheetah

The illegal trade feeding the exotic pet trade outside Africa with live cheetahs (more than 600 recorded in the last decade) is, for many people, the most surprising threat to the wild cheetah populations. More widely known, by contrast, is the perennial trade in cheetah (and all spotted) skins, which continues unabated, with the markets often lying within Africa. Since 2012 the RWCP has worked in support of countries fighting this trade and the following year the issue was brought…

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Education and Awareness Projects

All three Regional Conservation Strategies and most National Action Plans mention education as a key component. As such the RWCP works independently and with field projects to develop education resources for schools, communities, wildlife authority personnel and educated adult audiences to spread the word about cheetah and wild dog conservation. Resources can be downloaded here for free use by any conservationist. Please explore this link to see what resources are available. Many are from field projects and NGOs who have…

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Cheetah and Wild Dog Spotting project, on iNaturalist

With the support of National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative we have established an online database for collating the public’s sightings of cheetah and wild dogs: www.inaturalist.org/projects/cheetah-and-wild-dog-spotting. Contributions have come from ten different range states in Africa and have been provided by field project workers, tourists visiting the famous national parks, and travelers reaching some of the more out of the way destinations. Government officers in Tanzania and Niger are reaching out to tour operators within their regions and via social…

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Senior wildlife managers’ awareness and training course

The RWCP realized that many wildlife managers were not aware of the unique conservation needs of cheetah and wild dog. In 2013, with funding from the USFWS Wildlife Without Borders Fund we developed a focused training manual aimed at managers rather than researchers or policy makers, providing information about the conservation biology of the two species, threats to their survival, conflict mitigation options, compatible land uses, how to effectively use the policy and legislation environment, how to effectively use the…

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