The human-wildlife conflict is a real one
African lion populations have suffered an estimated 75% range reduction in the last 100 years. Continent wide, there may be as few as 20,000 lions left in the wild with many isolated populations recently disappearing or facing imminent extinction, for which habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict have been identified as primary drivers. The Trans-Kalahari Predator Programme is one of WildCRU’s largest projects, focused on the predators of southern Africa and their conservation and interactions with people. It was initiated in 1999 with the Hwange Lion Research Project in Zimbabwe and was extended into neighbouring Botswana in 2013 to form the Trans-Kalahari Predator Programme. The programme encompasses ecological research with a focus on African lions (and increasingly other predators), ecologically sustainable transboundary land use management and the promotion of coexistence of humans and predators to simultaneously improve human livelihoods and safeguard globally threatened lion populations. (https://www.wildcru.org/research/tkpp/)
In areas where humans and wild animals have to share their space there is always the so called "human-wildlife-conflict" very real. To prevent that farmers from losing their life stock Bush Ways Foundation is helping and supporting organizations that are specialized on that.
We recently supported the WildCRU team Botswana in building cattle and goat kraals on the outskirts of the Khumaga village. Khumaga is a small village at the border to the Makgadikgadi National Park where human and wildlife interaction is a daily occurrence.
During the last week WildCRU managed to build a big cattle kraal for a farmer in Khumaga as a shelter for his life stock during the night and also their very first goat kraal, in the outskirts of Khumaga. One big topic of the whole event is to also educate the farmers on how to live with wild animals and to also contribute to the expenses on this. The farmer is supposed to supply the poles and also contribute with some money.
As Bush Ways Foundation always strives to ensure that our activities have a positive impact and contribute to a sustainable development of our natural wonders we are very happy to assist organization like WIldCRU to being successful with their wonderful work.
The proud farmer with his very first goat kraal in this area.
The WildCRU team and the farmers.
Inspecting the construction.
The proud owner.
The cattle kraal
The cattle kraal