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Tracking the Queen

Starting off the year with exciting news!

In a recent operation, a pregnant lioness residing in Niassa Special Reserve was immobilized for the application of a GPS/VHF collar. This collaborative effort involving key players such as ANAC, the Lion Recovery Fund, and the Niassa Carnivore Program, aligns with Niassa Carnivore Program's broader mission of promoting coexistence between carnivores and local communities.

Niassa Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Africa, harbors a diverse range of wildlife, including large carnivores such as lions, African wild dogs, leopards, and hyenas. The reserve's unique challenge lies in the presence of communities residing within its boundaries, increasing the likelihood of interactions between fauna and humans.

To foster coexistence, Niassa Carnivore Program focuses on understanding key aspects:

  • Identifying threats to the carnivore population

  • Documenting conflict reports with carnivores

  • Analyzing movement patterns of the carnivore population

  • Estimating the carnivore population

The model implemented by Niassa Carnivore Program integrates communities as partners, recognizing that they should directly benefit from conservation efforts. This collaborative approach not only advances scientific understanding but also ensures that local communities receive tangible benefits, reinforcing the importance of harmonizing conservation goals with community well-being.

The recent collaring mission, with its GPS/VHF technology, exemplifies the integration of data-driven approaches into conservation strategies. As the lioness roams, the real-time tracking provided by the collar contributes essential data for targeted conservation efforts, aligning with the broader goal of preserving biodiversity and ensuring the survival of carnivore species in Niassa Special Reserve.


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